Rockville Twilighter 8k

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With Alison--yes, we thought the parking garage made a lovely backdrop!

Let me start by saying that if you’ve never raced in the dark (at night) do it! I really enjoyed this little switch up to the normal racing scene. You can’t see your splits (although they had clocks at each mile marker), you can’t see your fellow racers, unless they are right next to you, and you can’t really even see much of what’s coming. Sensory deprivation at its best for data hungry running geeks!

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Enjoying a beer with my friend Sue post race

By some big stroke of luck, after a week where temps were well above 100 most days, we got a freakishly cool and rainy day for the Twilighter. I was really happy about this because it was my first race this year without above normal temps. I also got a chance to catch up with my friend Sue, see plenty of Howard County Striders, and meet up with Alison of Racing Tales, a FitFluential friend. I felt like I knew Alison already from plenty of virtual exchanges, but meeting her in person just confirmed to me that we are like-minded souls. And she ripped off a really nice race, too–congrats Alison!

So how did the actual race itself go? Not great, but not horrible, either. It was fairly far off my “normal” 8k time, but an improvement over my last race, so I’ll call it progress. Check out my video for more details (and I know I have bags under my eyes, but gees–goggle marks from just getting out of pool make it all the more winning!):

So as you can see, I still have some work to do, but I feel like I’m moving forward, and that’s what counts.

Anyone else race this weekend? How did it go? 

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  1. Sounds like fun! I have a hard time walking in a straight line in the dark so I would be scared of what I might trip over, but it would be a nice change of pace:)
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  2. The closest I’ve ever come to racing at night was one of my legs in The Relay, and that was absolutely incredible! Looks like you had a lot of fun :)
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  3. I think you did awesome!!! 3rd in your age group! And if you think you have goggle marks, you should see what I look like when I get out of the pool! And seriously, you swam the day after Twilighter? I crawled around in compression pants like I’d just run a marathon…so nice to finally meet you!
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  4. I love running at night! I have done some trail night running and ultras at night. Fun stuff! Great job on the 8K!
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  5. I’ve done an evening race that ends in the dark but not a full on night race. You did great though, congratulations!

  6. I run a lot on the dark since I run so early, but never raced.
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  7. Congratulations on a nice race! Racing at night sounds like fun. So glad you were able to meet Alison, she is so genuine, love that girl and an amazing athlete on top of it.
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  8. Racing in the dark sounds like fun! I’ve run in the dark but a race might be really fun!! You are totally making progress!!
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  9. Running at night is fun! I’ve done a midnight run for New Years Eve in Central Park and it was a blast. PS I love the goggle look. I’m often sporting that these days too!
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  10. I’ve never done a nighttime race, but it sounds like it would be a ton of fun. Some of my best races (incl my 2nd marathon – took 32 min off my previous time) were ones where I didn’t know the course completely and didn’t have a Garmin on. I found that I ran and listened to my body w/o worrying about sticking to a certain pace.
    Congrats on a great race – progress is progress =)
    And can I just say that you look entirely too pretty and put together to have just come out of the pool???? LOL.
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  11. I have never run a night race, it does look fun though! Congrats to you on a great race!!! ~Nora
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  12. Nice race, well done! I always enjoy night races or running at night during an ultra. There is something special about it.
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  13. Sounds like such a fun race! Must. find. night. race. :)
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  14. I love night races! I’ve only done a couple (and one was in the summer, so it wasn’t really dark until after the run). I don’t feel that I run my best, though, simply because I’m generally a morning runner.
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  15. So glad you liked the little hometown race that I love to run!

    I saw you warming up–recognized you and the beautiful, sunshiny shoes :) Not too shabby on the AG prize. There’s always next year; the weather might be less ideal, but it’s a whole different feel to start when you can see for the first mile or so before it’s completely dark. C’mon back in 2013!

  16. Looks like fun! I need to find a night run, stat!

  17. That was a great race. Congrats on your age group award.
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  18. I love running and racing at night. Everything becomes at once more focused and more hazy – you have a whole different appreciation for your surroundings!
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  19. Night races ARE fun. I haven’t done one in ages, but the thing I remember is that you feel like you are flying (even when you’re not) because the dark makes everything so fluid and surreal. As for your time, progress=progress! You’re getting there!
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  20. Yay for progress!! You should totally try a Ragnar relay if you though racing was fun in the dark. Those can be some very dark runs. Nothing but you and your bouncing headlamp. I love it.
    Keep up the great work and awesome attitude.
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  21. I had to laugh at the goggle comment! I look like a raccoon half the week I’m sure! HA!

    I LOVE running in the dark! It seems so much more relaxing to me
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  22. Night race sounds like a lot of fun! Glad you’re making progress towards where you want to be!
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  23. I loved this race for all the same reasons. So many people I know didn’t do it for the reasons I love it! I didn’t know you raced until after. I am bummed because I would have looked for you. We must have been pretty close! Great job!
    Jessica Karazsia (@irun26at8) recently posted..Rockville Twlighter 8k Race ReportMy Profile

  24. I saw Allison’s recap, too- what a great race and opportunity to meet up. I’ve never done a night race either. I used to think I got a surge of energy in the evenings, but that happens less and less the older I get. Congrats on seeing improvement!
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  25. I’ve run in the dark a couple times. One started in the evening and finished at night. That was one ok, but I would have preferred all night running. I’ve done that in a couple relays and it’s so much fun. It seriously feels like you are out experiencing something that everyone else (who is sleeping) is missing out on.

    Progress is progress and great video. I was waiting for you to change into animation like your logo.
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  26. How fun you met Alison! I think I’ve done one night race and it was far from a race for me but it was fun. As you know my weekend and my race were hot and steamy. ; )
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  27. That sounds like fun! During the relay, I ran at night and it was amazing! I had never done it before then and it really gives you a different perspective on things! And places! I will have to look into future night races in my area!
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  28. I think it would heighten my fear of getting lost on a race course to run after dark. It also must have presented interesting nutrition challenges compared to a morning race, no?

    I’m glad you had a stronger race than your last one. You were out of commission for a long time, so just keep at it. You will get back to zipping by.
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  29. man. I need to start coming to you for race buzz!! a twilight 8k in rockville.. bummed i missed that!!! Rockville is so dang close too :( ahh well. ;)
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  30. How nice to have some cool weather! It was 91 degrees yesterday when I ran. I have a race next weekend and I’m hoping I catch a break!
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  31. It all sounds very positive as far as your progress is going. And it sounds like it was a fun event to be part of.
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  32. I have never ran in the dark …but that is about to change because next month I will likely have to do it at hood to coast.
    so we will see how that goes!

    it looks like you are in a good place that is great! happy for you!
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  33. Progress is great. Everything will come together soon and you will be racing exactly where you want to be. Keep it up chica. You have been very inspiring to me recently and I am looking forward to hearing about your next race. :-)
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  34. I’ve never done a night race, but I’ve run a few relays in the middle of the night. One of them I stepped in a pothole and sprained my ankle bad. My PT said that sprain was a contributor to my PF issue last year. YAY!

    Great job on the race.
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  35. The latest race I’ve run was at 5:30 p.m. — not very late, but late enough to throw me off my regular running/workout routine (the DC Capital Striders 8k).
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  36. I love the goggle eye look!

    Congrats on the 8K. Night races are so fun.
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