Name: Ali from Around the Veggie Table

Location: Maryland

Age: 20-something

Race: Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon

Personal Tidbit: Owner to two kitties named Tootsie and Roo, hater of raisins, lover of Mandoline slicers.



We walked out the door a few minutes before 6, and made the half-hour drive to the race.  Traffic was backed up HORRIBLY and it didn’t seem to be moving at all. I started to freak out a little because I was now LATE so after about a half an hour of sitting, I kissed Boyfriend goodbye, hopped out of the car, and began to walk. 


When the gun went off to start, everyone started shuffling forward. It took about two and a half minutes for me to actually reach the starting line, and even when we started running, everything seemed to be very SLOW for the first couple hundred feet.  It really took about the first mile or so to get into my groove. 


I knew I was in good shape when I made it to mile 7, because I was halfway through. At the next aid station, I grabbed some Gatorade for a few calories. Around mile 10.5 I took a Gu, and washed it down with some more water. At this point, I knew I was going to finish, but I started to get a little confused because I no longer knew where we were and I missed the sign for 11 miles. Finally, I saw the sign for mile 12, and felt a wave of relief. That relief lasted about 4 minutes, until I saw the GIANT hill heading up to the finish. It was steep. And long. And I was tired. 


My whole family was standing at the corner cheering me on! I was so excited!  I saw the sign for 13 miles and knew I was ALMOST there. I was really surprised at how great I felt the entire time (and afterwards!). I didn’t have to resort to any of the little chants I was going to tell myself; I just took it one mile at a time. I had fun and I didn’t push myself too hard, which I think is why I’m not sore at all. I thought I wouldn’t be able to bend over but I actually feel great.


I ran this race in loving memory of my Uncle David, who was able to save two lives through his donation to Donate Life. If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE go to and become an organ donor!


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  • Carin June 7, 2011, 10:17 pm

    Hey Caitlin – I think the link for Ali is wrong – it takes you to Amanda Lyons, rather than Around The Veggie Table!

    • Caitlin June 8, 2011, 9:12 am

      I know – I wish I had noticed before bed. 🙁 I corrected.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg June 7, 2011, 11:01 pm

    Ali I’m glad you had fun at the race! And how nice to run in memory of your uncle.

  • Chelsea June 7, 2011, 11:29 pm

    Wow that’s great of her to run for such a phenomenal man (to save two lives!). He must’ve been really healthy lol 🙂 I think the best runs are runs that are in the memory of others.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 7, 2011, 11:44 pm

    Yay for being an organ donor! I am 🙂

  • Khushboo June 8, 2011, 12:25 am

    Great Half Marathon recap! As I was eating raisins yesterday, I actually told my mom ‘how can anyone hate raisins??’…haha I am baffled!

  • Jumanah (Healthy Living in the Middle East) June 8, 2011, 3:23 am

    Congrats to Ali for completing her half! Such an inspiration to run in memory of such a great man!

  • Robin June 8, 2011, 4:31 am

    Congratulations to Ali! I ran that race, too, and it was great. My best time ever and lots of fun!

  • Kristen (inspiredbydooce) June 8, 2011, 6:14 am

    Congratulations Ali. I bet knowing your family was there helped with that hill a little!

  • The Teenage Taste June 8, 2011, 6:53 am

    Congratulations on an excellent race! Someday I hope to run a half-marathon!

  • carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream June 8, 2011, 7:46 am

    Oh I do love motivational signs! Congrats!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews June 8, 2011, 7:48 am

    Looks like a fun race! Congrats.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 8, 2011, 8:01 am

    Congrats on the race! I’m sure your uncle would have been proud. 🙂

  • Baking 'n' Books June 8, 2011, 8:10 am

    Congrats! That seems like a popular race.

    As an aside – Caitlin – I was wondering what happened with your adrenal stress tests?

    • Caitlin June 8, 2011, 9:12 am

      Still waiting on results! Should be here soon.

  • Amy* June 8, 2011, 10:46 am

    Great recap. And what a great cause! My brother-in-law recently was the recipient of a double lung transplant, so I know first hand how huge the benefits of organ donation are. If you aren’t an organ donor, you should be!*

  • Erin @ Until You Tri June 8, 2011, 10:47 am

    Congrats again on an awesome race, Ali! So sweet that you ran in honor of your uncle!

  • April June 8, 2011, 11:07 am

    Congrats on the race! I ran that too – my first 1/2 marathon! And what a great honor for y our uncle.

  • Alyssa June 8, 2011, 12:00 pm

    Awesome recap! I will be checking out that blog! I ran that race in 2010, that hill at the end is brutal! Great job, Ali!

  • JenATX June 10, 2011, 8:30 pm

    You ROCK! good job & I’m glad you got to run for someone significant in your life 🙂

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