Last weekend I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 miler for the second time.

I love this race since it’s largely flat and 10 miles is a great distance. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it’s easy. I still have to train for something like this. (Wisdom: Train for all races!) Personally, I cannot *wing* a 10 mile race, but I could maybe wing a 4 mile one.

And about that training, it only went so so. I’ve been running slower now than this time last year, I have no idea why. But it’s fine. I think these ups and downs are to be expected.

Anyway, we took the train down and got to DC at 2pm on Saturday. We dropped our stuff off at our hotel. I like to pick a hotel walking distance from the race start. Even if we end up taking a cab to the race (which we did) it’s nice to have the option to walk home.

cherry blossom 10 miler

oh hey guys

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It’s pretty easy for me to get ready for work in most gym locker rooms. Step 1:  Shower using whatever products the gym provides; Step 2: Shove sweaty gym clothes in those free plastic bags gyms give out; Step 3: Use whatever body lotion the gym has on my body and face (is that bad?) Step 4: Tie hair in wet bun; Step 5: Leave.  It’s not that I believe my natural beauty to be so outstanding that I don’t need make up or a blow dryer, it’s that I don’t leave enough time for that sort of luxury and don’t know any quick make up tips.

When I think of spending money on “beauty,” I want products that make my hair and skin look good on their own, not something complicated that can leave me looking blotchy or messy (or that I’ll probably mess up).

Here are a few products that I swear by and that make my life a hell of a lot easier. (Oh, and that don’t require watching an instructional video on  YoutTube.)

  • Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream. I’ve always wanted to live in a world where my hair could air dry frizz-free. This product has made that dream a reality. I wish this existed when I was in sleep away camp. I put a fair amount of this cream in my hair when it’s wet and my hair dries softer and less frizzy than it would on it’s own. I just squeeze a little more than a quarter size into my hands, rub them together, and put it all over my hair (I go light on the roots). When I first started using it, I was too light on my pour so the product didn’t do much. Now that I’m more comfortable, I use a more liberal serving, and it makes a big difference.

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Good morning. Excuse me as I hit you up with some random goodies. 

Last week the New York Road Runners announced the results of the NYC Marathon lottery. Did any one get in? I’m running NYC (and it’s my first ever marathon) this year and would love to know if any readers/friends will be training too. Let me know in the comments! I received guaranteed entry through the NYRR 9+1 program. If you didn’t get in, but want to run, there are two ways to still score a bib. Learn more here.

Anyone else love the Lego movies? Check out this awesome bike helmet that gives you Lego hair.  (I think Matt needs it.)

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Did anyone else get stuck in Saturday’s torrential downpour? I sure did.

Also, help a sister out: Is anyone registered to run the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon this August? I was thinking of signing up and TOTALLY blanked and now of course it’s long sold out. Anyone have a bib (or two bibs) they’d like to offload?

One more thing, you know, while you’re here. I have entry to the NYC Marathon this November. (AHHH!) I’m already nervous! Does anyone have a first-timers marathon training plan to recommend? SEND IT MY WAY!

Here is a review of this week’s workouts:

Monday: Didn’t workout
Tuesday: Did some PT exercises in my apartment
Wednesday: Didn’t work out
Thursday: 4.3 mile run in DC

running in washington dc

I love running around the monuments in DC. Here was my 4.3 mile route.

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