Latest reviews by Katie St Pierre

(2015)
"Nice course but no bathroom!"
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I ran the Frigid 5k & 10k benefiting Toys for Tots earlier in December. It definitely was NOT frigid! I was completely fine dressed in a t-shirt and shorts, but this was an odd weather thing!

This race took place in Leesburg, VA, which is almost an hour away from my house. Other Bishop's Events races have been here, such as the Leesburg 10k. The start line was at Frederick Douglass Elementary School where there is plenty of parking and has very close access to the Washington & Old Dominion Trail where the race takes place. I was signed up for the 10k and arrived about 15 minutes before the race began, enough time to grab my bib. After grabbing my bib I was looking around for the port-o-potty that is usually next to the sports field, but it was not there!!! Oh no! I didn't have time to drive the few blocks to get to a bathroom, so I knew I would have to just suck it up.

Regardless, the race started (there were 61 people running the 10k) and I started off. The course is pretty straight forward: run one direction, turn around, run the other direction, turn around, and finish. It is a mostly flat and easy run.

Word of the wise there are no bathrooms on the race course and good spots to veer off into the woods are far and few to find - one side of the path is mostly people's backyards. My lesson was learned not to count on the port-o-potty by the field...Next time there is a race at this location, stop off at the Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts down the street before parking for the race!

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(2015)
"Wet, soggy 4th of July Race"
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I was up nice and early this 4th of July for the DC Road Runners Age Handicapped 4 Miler. I grabbed my niece, Ellie, and drove to Carderock Park, the site of many other races that I have done.

Ellie was not very pleased, especially since I made her dress festively...

This race had no bibs because it was age handicapped, meaning that different ages started at different times and would be ranked on placement of finishing, not time. Ellie started 8 minutes into the race, while I started 11 minutes in.

About 1/4 mile into our run, it started to rain. And by rain, I mean, downpour. Like hard. Ellie was displeased (again) but she kept moving forward (good for her!).

It rained (poured) the rest of the race. Luckily, it was not a miserable rain. It was not cold or terribly bothersome, and I didn't mind it that much. At least the view was very pretty (but I didn't get any pictures because I didn't want my phone to get more wet than it already was!).

We finished in a little over an hour, which wasn't too terrible for Ellie being exhausted and both of us being completely 100% soaked. All-in-all, I had a good run and enjoy any race at Carderock!

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(2015)
"Hot and Humid evening race!"
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It's summer time, which means that DC Road Runners can have races mid-week in the evening. This works for me because I don't have to get up early on the weekend, and it is a good outlet to get out and run when I would generally be too lazy to.

Bluemont 5k
I headed up to Bluemont Park in Arlington. (I last ran this course last year for the Have a Heart for Hoffman-Boston race). It is an out and back on the bike path and is pretty flat.

Even though I had hydrated all day, it was pretty humid out and I could feel the effects of a bit of dehydration. The first half of the race was running into the sun, so it was a bit more challenging with the heat on your face and the sun in your eyes. Once we turned around, though, I felt a little cooler, but then I was tired.

During the last little bit of the race I started to feel a little nauseous, but kept going on and finished as best as I could.

I crossed the finish line at 36:23, with a pace of 11:43. I grabbed a banana and some water and hobbled, drenched with sweat, to my car. Hot and sweaty 5k race was finished!

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(2015)
"Hilly but awesome"
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One of Bishop's Events many races this summer was a trail run in Prince William Forest Park. There were two distances to choose from: a 5k and a 10k. I signed up for the 10k, even though I knew the course was a bit hilly.

I had previously raced this course during the Joining Hearts for Heidi 10k last year, where I ran it in 1:21:49. It is a pretty challenging course with some big hills that are almost impossible to run because they are so steep!

Regardless, I set out with a positive attitude, and it certainly paid off! I ended up feeling really good while running, especially during the second half of the race. I ended up with negative splits, stayed strong, and even passed a handful of people towards the end! My time for this race was 1:16:44, with a pace of 12:21. I'm pretty impressed because I didn't get that much sleep the night before, AND it has been two months since I've run that far!

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(2015)
"Humid Race"
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A few weeks ago I ran in the Loudoun Lyme 10k at the Brambleton Town Center. This race's main goal was to educate and spread awareness about Lyme disease, and to also raise money to help find a cure. There was an information fair with health professionals and specialists, county officials, veterinarians, and local vendors to help educate the public about Lyme disease, its causes, symptoms and treatments. To read more about Lyme Disease, please check out this post!

The race started out with a cool drone flying over head taking video and pictures (but unfortunately nothing has been posted on the race website yet). The 10k race started first, with the 5k starting a few minutes later. This was pretty much the same course as the Brambleton Ribbon Run that I ran a few years ago. It is pretty flat, and I love running through all of the fancy houses in the neighborhood.

The race took place on a morning that was very humid. It was misting the entire morning, which made it especially unpleasant to run. All I wanted it to do was to give a good rain to help cool me off while running!!!

Regardless, I finished in 1:13:26, which is an 11:49 minute/mile pace. I actually felt a lot more tired, hot, and sweaty than I look in my finishers picture!

I was super excited to find a gluten-free snack bar along with a banana and water at the finish line! Hooray!

I wandered around the educational fair for a bit and checked out some of the exhibitors before heading home.

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