Best Places to Carbo Load in DC: A Crawler Survey

Ok, Crawlers – what are the three best places to Carbo load in DC – 

My choices reveal a bias of proximity to home: 

1) Dupont Italian Kitchen Bar (17th and R) – great quantity, great service, good price

2) Otello’s (Dupont Circle) – a little fancier fare, but goodness the food is fantastic and you gotta love the checkered table cloths.

3) Buca di peppo (Dupont Circle) – pure quantity!

Wednesday’s Workout (Chipotle 6:20) – Holiday Lights at the Zoo; Races this weekend – Jingle and Figgy!

G’day everybody,

This Wednesday, let’s plan to meet at the Woodley Park at 6:20 and then we can head up to the zoo to see the Holiday lights!

A couple races are coming up this week – 

Sunday, Dec – Jingle Bell 10k – a big race right before holiday vacations.  There’s a team opportunity.We must have at least 4 runners with at least one runner being a different gender.

Saturday, Dec 12 – Figgy Pudding 5k in Fells Point, Baltimore.  A fun 5k in Fells Point, see the holiday lights, and have a Guinnes when you’re done!

Hope everyone had an opportunity to run outside this morning and see the snow!


Cherry Blossom is April 11th! Lottery Registration begins 12/1!

Cherry Blossom 10 Miler is one of DC’s most popular races!  It is held during the brief 3-4 week window when the Cherry trees are in blossom! It also celebrates the Cherry Blossom festival and the gift of the cherry blossom trees to US from Japan.

The course is blossomrific as one can see blossoms around the Tidal Basin, Hains Point, and by the Potomac River!

It’s also historically one of the most difficult races to get into.  In prior years, I would pretend to be working and secretly have my mouse on the ready – so once online registration went live, Lauren and I would be two of the lucky ones to get in.   You see, the 10,000 entries would be filled up in less than 3 hours.  

Well, either employers didn’t value this use of our time or those who do not sit idly at their cubes voiced their opposition of feeling left out and the registration process has changed!

So this year, people will have a 10 day window to register for the lottery.  From the lottery, people will be selected to run the race.   One can register for the race from  10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2009.   The registration website is

We’re hoping enough crawlers can register so we can have one or two teams!


Crawlers Gobble Lots at Turkey Trots, Workout at Cardozo on Wed 6:30

G’day everyone!

I hope everyone’s had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I just wanted to give a shout out to all those who ran a turkey trot or a race this weekend.  It seems like there were a lot of great performances!  And not only did we race well, but we raced all types of distances s from the 5k the marathon and in many places including DC, Maryland, NJ, and Texas.     Special congratulations to Ben and Melissa for running the North Central Trail! They both thought it was a great race and were able to run well despite being less than 48 hours after  Thanksgiving dinner.  Ben ran a Boston qualifier and Melissa was right on target for 22 miles.  Great job to both of you! Other race results include:  Jeff set a 5k pr! Lauren ran 1:32 faster for 5 miles than she did in 2007.  Anthony ran his fastest 10k in some years.  Melanie got 2nd in her age group in a hilly  turkey trot in NJ! Do let know me know if I missed anyone’s results. Look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday at Cardozo at 6:30 for a fun workout!  I was thinking we could do the distance medley workout. 

Crawler Race Results: 

SOME Turkey Trot in DC 5k
Jeff 18:45 (7th in competitive age group)
ThunderCloud Turkey Trot 5 miler in Austin, TX
Sam 32:27
Lauren M 39:42 (1:32 faster than in 2007)
Morristown Turkey Trot 5k in Morristown, NJ
Melanie N (22:38 – 2nd in Age Group) 
YMCA Turkey Trot 10k in Bethesda, MD
Anthony B – 35:39 (2nd in age group!)
North Central Trail Marathon in Sparks, MD
Ben 3:02, Boston Qualifier
Melissa 3:57 



Group Run at Cardozo 6:30 on Wed, Turkey Trots & Crawler Holiday Party

G’day folks,

Brief Philly re-cap

Lauren and I had a great time in Philly.  We had beautiful weather.  We saw some very cool sights including the Eastern State Penitentiary and two cool art exhibits at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (one on German knights from the 16th century) another one was like being in a psychadelic Alice in Wonderland room (you’d have to be there…)  We also had great races.  The weather was incredible! The fans were great.  This year the bibs had your name on it, so for the whole race, total strangers were bellowing “Go Sam” – I thought, hey, more of my people are here..  We both ran very tough and although I think we’d like to have run maybe 1-2 minutes faster, we’re pretty pleased with the results considering how busy this fall’s been.  I ran 1:25 and Lauren ran 1:51.  Also, Glenn Dubin deserves a lot of credit for completing his 9th Philly Marathon! Go Glenn!

Today’s workout – Because many of us are racing on Thursday or marathoning on the weekend, how about we just have a group run of 4 or so miles.  Let’s plan to meet at Cardozo at 6:30.  

Races this weekend – Many of us are running Turkey Trots.  What a great running tradition – it basically is a great opportunity to race in the town where we go home for Thanksgiving, as well as allow us to have a good Thanksgiving dinner, knowing we earned it from the race earlier this morning.  Lauren and I are running the Turkey Trot in Austin, TX…Melanie, I know, is running in NJ.  And I’m sure many others are as well.  Plus, Ben and Melissa are running a marathon this weekend in Sparks, MD along the North Central Trail.  They both seem to be in fantastic shape!  Maybe the cranberry sauce and turkey will help them with their running.  Who knows?  Well, good luck to all those racing.

Crawler Party – Finally Jeff has announced that there will be a Crawler Holiday Party (2nd annual) at his place on December 18th.  More details to follow about what we can bring – but what a great opportunity to celebrate another great year for the Crawlers!