Overall Race Results from 2009

02/15/09 – GW Marathon Relay (7 miles) – 1:55:00 (Pace – 16:25)
03/08/09 – Disney Princess Half Marathon – 3:36:45 (Pace – 16:32)
03/29/09 – Scope it Out 5k – 48:11 (Pace – 15:32)
05/02/09 – Arlington Science Focus 5K – 46:00 (Pace – 14:50)

04/24/09 – Colony Zones Swim Meet – 1000 yards freestyle – 23:13

05/10/09 – Kinetic Sprint – Overall: 2:45:01 – Swim Pace: 2:24 per 100 yards; Bike Pace: 12 miles per hour; Run Pace: 15:39 per mile

06/06/09 – Mooseman International Distance Tri – Overall: 5:09:11 – Swim Pace: 2:38 per 100 yards(.93 mile); Bike Pace: 11 miles per hour(27.25 miles); Run Pace: 17:14 per mile (6.2 miles)

08/15//09 – Luray Tri-Oly – DNF – Swim Pace: 02:48 per 100 yards(1500 Meters);

10/04/09 – Bassman Sprint– Overall: 1:57:22 – Swim Pace: 2:24 per 100 yards; Bike Pace: 15 miles per hour; Run Pace: 14:44 per mile


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DMG at Source for Seasonal Disorder!

I “borrowed” all the text below from Sean’s blog!  I really would love for y’all to come out and see the shows!  DMG has a new director and a new format…plus we’ve been having lots of fun playing with each other.  It’s a good time for all!


This month I’m performing in two shows with DMG – my long-form improv troupe. Both shows are at Source (1835 14th Street, between T and S).

The price is “PAY WHAT YOU CAN,” which means you can be give us a dollar for the entire show. “Pay what you can” means exactly that! It’s up to you! Make a decision already!

More details:

  • Thursday, Dec 10th
  • Thursday, Dec 17th
  • We’ll be doing around a 20 to 25 minute show, total show time is no more than an hour because,
  • We’ll be joined by the super fun troupe The Entitlement League,
    Source serves beer and wine now,
  • We hope to see you there!

It’s improv, so both shows will be different! Come to both and get a free high-five from Sean…okay okay…I’ll give you a high five as well!

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Bassman Race Report

Bassman Sprint
Race Age: 30
   0.4 Mile Swim
    12 Mile Bike
    5K Run
Overall: 1:57:22
0.4 Mile Swim: 17:02 (Pace: 2:24 per 100 yards)
TI: 3:45
12 Mile Bike: 47:53 (Pace: 15 miles per hour)
T2: 3:05
5K Run: 45:38 (Pace: 14:44 per mile)



When it was all said and done, this was a really rough season. I had problems on the bike at Kinetic, a fever at Mooseman, and a DNF at Luray because I broke a spoke. My only goal for my last race of the season was to finish with a smile on my face….and if lucky…a sub 2 hour sprint!
Mission Accomplished!
Next up: Training for the Shamrock Half Marathon in VA Beach, VA!

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Courage when faced with fear

 I’ve been thinking this morning about my most favorite quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. 

The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face.

You are able to say to yourself, `I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’

The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line, it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

–Eleanor Roosevelt “You Learn By Living” (1960), 29-30


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Happy 7th Birthday: Annabelle Blanche


Seven years ago,  Annabelle Blanche was born in Piedmont, Alabama.  It seems like just yesterday that I brought her home.  She was about 6 weeks old and could fit in the palm of a grown man’s hand.   I was so overwhelmed that first week I actually tried to give her back to the family from which I bought her.  Luckily for me, they offered only to tell people that called them from the posted ad in the newspaper to call me instead.  I never heard from any of those people!

Annabelle has been a constant in my life over these tumultuous seven years.  She’s made every move with me.  She’s adapted herself to being a city dog even though she spent her puppy years in a house with a yard.  She’s met all my friends and boyfriends.  She’s licked my tears and been a reason for me to get out of the house during tough times.  She’s been my lazy day companion.  She’s been my running buddy. 

I’m blessed to have such a fun companion in all my adventures!

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Typical…Part of my 15 minutes of fame are because of my diet!

I was interviewed for a health segment that was aired on CNN this past April 2, 2009. I was hoping that they would post it to their website, but alas, they did not. I know that many of my friends didn’t get a chance to see the piece. Because I love y’all (and because I adore the spotlight) I made a recording with my camera of the DVRed version. This was the night before I moved out of the Bethesda house…priorities y’all…I’ve got them!

I’m sorry this isn’t the best quality. In fact, I could only save about 1.5 minutes worth of footage on my camera….so what you see below is just the portions with me in them…again…my feelings about the spotlight! The audio can be a bit hard to hear, so I included the transcription below each video.


JUDY FORTIN, CNN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): If laughter is the best medicine, then Alaina Harris is pretty healthy. A member of an improv troop and a public health analyst, Harris knows what’s good for her.

ALAINA HARRIS, DIETER: As I’m getting older, it’s become more about long term, my health, what my long-term goals are.

FORTIN: So when her weight began to creep up, she decided to take action and began training for a triathlon. She’s lost 30 pounds and hopes to lose more.

HARRIS: So my goal is to drop some pounds, to make that triathlon an easier experience.

FORTIN: And share your plans. Alaina has a buddy system, where friends keep her on the right track.

HARRIS: It helps for me just having other people to help me validate what I’ve done.

FORTIN: Follow these tips and you could be carrying fewer pounds by the summer. Something that Alaina Harris hopes to do.


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Hypothetically…of course!

Hypothetically…let’s say our heroine is in New England for a wedding this past weekend.  While out on Saturday night she meets a nice fellow in a local watering hole.  He mentions that he lives near our heroine, but works in a New England town during the week…because he’s in the secret service.  Of course, our heroine knows that this is just a line…because really…if he were in the secret service….would that really be a secret?  However this nice fellow is not only entertaining and engaging, but also super hot so she gives him her business card.

He emails her that night.

Hypothetically, how do you think one should react to the automatically generated message at the bottom of the nice fellow’s email?

All e-mail to/from this account is subject to official review and is for official use only. Action may be taken in response to any inappropriate use of the Secret Service’s e-mail system. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, law enforcement sensitive, or subject to other disclosure limitations. Such information is loaned to you and should not be further disseminated without the permission of the Secret Service. If you have received this e-mail in error, do not keep, use, disclose, or copy it; notify the sender immediately and delete it.

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