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2016 Alexandria Turkey Trot | 41st Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Miler

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Register now for the 40th Anniversary edition of the Alexandria Turkey Trot, DC area's premiere Turkey Trot.

url: https://www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=14

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The Racial Dot Map: One Dot Per Person | Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service

Washington Racial Map

This map is an American snapshot; it provides an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country. The map displays 308,745,538 dots, one for each person residing in the United States at the location they were counted during the 2010 Census. Each dot is color-coded by the individual's race and ethnicity.

url: http://www.coopercenter.org/demographics/Racial-Dot-Map

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Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

This past sunday i ran in my first race, the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler. I've been training for the past few months adding 1 mile per week. I started with running 2 miles. But by the time i reached 4 miles, i ran into a hurdle. I had extreme numbness and a pins and needles effect in my feet.

After taking a break for a few weeks i got back to the gym. While explaining this to a coworker he suggested i get orthotics. Custom orthotics cost hundreds of dollars. So being the DIY that i am, i ripped out the soles from an old pair of sneakers cut them just right and placed them under my current soles. Would you believe it, it worked. I was so happy that day, i ran 8 miles.

Understanding they worked, i went back to Metro Run & Walk to buy insoles with better arch support.

The race itself was exciting. After waiting on long lines for the port-a-johns, and checking my back at the last minute, i scarfed down a bananna some water, and made my way to the purple corral.

I normally run for 3 minutes and walk for 2. But for the first mile i just ran it. Starting with mile 2 i started the interval timer. As the race progressed i found that i'd start running early. Ie. i kept a 3:30 to 1:30 ratio. Then moved to a 4:00 to 1:00 ratio. The last mile i just ran.

My net time was 1 hour 55 minutes, 25 minutes better than i expected. I blame the spirit of the race and beauty of the course.