Crystal City 5k Fridays

Just popping in quickly to share some photos from last night’s 5k! A group of friends and I all ran the first 5k in the Crystal City 5k Fridays series that runs every Friday this April (and again later in the summer, too)!


We could not have had a more beautiful night for a race!


photo via fANNEtasticfood on Instagram – follow me there!







I wasn’t really planning on “racing” this race since I have the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on Sunday morning… but then Matt and all my friends took off like bullets at the start! Oh, we’re sprinting this?! Okay then…! :)


Matt and my college friends Kathleen and Sarah and I all ran most of the way together, with the others in our group blasting ahead. Props to them – speed demons!!



Official results: 3.1 miles in 24:03 for an average pace of 7:45. Obviously racing a 5k a day and a half before wanting to do well in a 10 miler probably wasn’t the best idea, but whatever. Life is for living, right?! Time to bond with my foam roller. :)

After the race, all of us headed to a nearby bar sweaty and with our bibs still pinned to our chests to enjoy some beers, burgers, fries, and each other’s company. Great Friday night!

Have a nice weekend, everyone! I’ll be back Monday with a recap of the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler – best of luck to those of you running it this weekend, too! And a HUGE good luck to my brother, who is running his first full marathon on Sunday!


  1. 1

    Will brought his angry face, I see.

  2. 4
    LY O-Town says

    Congrats on the great time! I love that you went for burgers and beers after – that’s exactly what I’d have done – you earned it!

  3. 5

    That’s a great time! Especially since you weren’t gunning for a speedy race, lol. Have a great run tomorrow, it will go great. I just finished the Bridge Run here in Charleston, my legs = dead!

  4. 6

    I love going out after races with my bib still attached. That is one of the most fun things about the after-the-race I think. Good conversation starters to be sure. :) Congrats on your speedy time, looked like a fun race!

  5. 7

    Great run! Looks like you had great fun..longing for the day we can get our shorts back out here!

  6. 8

    Great time! Yes definitely make nice with your foam roller :) sure your race will still be fine.

  7. 9

    Great job Anne! I ran my first 5k in forever this morning and felt pretty good besides all of the wind blowing towards me!

  8. 11

    Wow…so envious of your seemingly injury resistant body, able to withstand race after race. Ahhh, the beauty of youth :)

    Enjoy, Anne (and go girl!)

    • 12

      I’m very much not resistant to injury! If you read some of my early race recaps ( you’ll see I was actually having a bit of knee/ankle/calf trouble for quite awhile when I first started doing longer races back in 2009/2010. I’ve discovered what works best for me is 1) only running 3 days per week when i’m training for longer races, 2) foam rolling and icing after every run, 3) wearing calf compression sleeves during runs when i’m training for a longer race, and 4) doing a lot of cross training/yoga/stretching!

  9. 13

    Do you live in Crystal City? I lived there for three years during law school. I didn’t love it at first (so many office parks), but it grew on me! I like how there are activities like this weekly 5K…it seems like people are trying to make CC a more vibrant community.

  10. 15

    congrats!! that is a very fast time. Someday I will get there! I am loving my 26 something’s for now:)

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    Healthy Eater says

    Great way to spend a Friday night!

  12. 17

    Looks like fun! Congrats on a great race.

  13. 18

    I heard about these races – such a cool idea! There’s still a couple of weeks left, I definitely wanna check them out :) Especially if this week’s beautiful weather continues!

  14. 19

    What a fun Friday night!!! I have only done one evening race… and it was SO much fun.

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