Another week down and another week closer to my next half. There was some exciting news on the race front this week too. The Frederick Half is part of the King Crab Challenge that I signed up for last fall. It includes the Frederick Half in May, the Baltimore 10-Miler in June, and the Baltimore Half in October. It was a great discount to sign up for all three last fall and for completing the 3 races, I get an extra premium – last year it was a backpack. They just announced this years prize:
This picture isn’t the greatest, but it’s a medal rack for all 4 medals I’ll earn from completing the King Crab! The hooks are crab claws! My mind wants it to be October already so I can hang this up NOW. The other awesome thing about this? Typically, you don’t get a medal for completing the Bmore 10-Miler – but this year, if you signed up for the King Crab Challenge – you do! So that’s a medal for Frederick, the 10-Miler, Baltimore, and the Maryland Double medal for doing both Frederick & Baltimore halves. I hate to admit it, but I love bling – and this is just all kinds of blingy.
Okay okay, back to Frederick. I grew up in Frederick, so doing the half marathon there was a no-brainer. It’s a smallish town, and back when I lived there, even smaller – they didn’t even have a Target until I was away at college. Can you imagine??? I was so deprived! I didn’t have a bad time growing up there but I couldn’t wait to get out when I started college.
Each week, I’d like to share a little factoid or tidbit about Frederick, so you can learn a little bit about the city I call my hometown.
Frederick Factoid #1
Francis Scott Key, who wrote the Star Spangled Banner, is buried in Frederick in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Frederick’s main shopping mall is named after him, as is the minor league baseball team, the Frederick Keys. Nothing says “American Hero” like having a mall named after you and a baseball mascot called the Keyote (like coyote).
Now, on to my workouts:
Monday – Body Pump – legs were still sore from Sunday, but class went okay.
Speed Work – There was freezing rain overnight so when I went outside and saw the sidewalks I was a little cautious, then when I saw the thick layer of ice on my windshield I said forget it. My legs were STILL sore from Sunday’s run and I decided I would go after work. When I got on the treadmill that afternoon, my legs felt like lead. Speed work wasn’t going to happen. So I decided to stay on for an easy 30 minutes, which then became finish out the 2.5. So I did. It was hard, but I’m glad I got in something.
Wednesday – Yoga – I held crow again! Still only for a few seconds, I spoke to the teacher after class and got a few pointers. So I’m hoping I’ll nail it soon.
Thursday – Tempo Run – This was a tough one to get started, but felt okay once I did. I started with the 5 minute easy warm up like last week, did 30 minutes at tempo pace, then a 5 minute cooldown.
Friday – REST!
Saturday – 6 Miles – Treadmill – The first three miles were good. I stopped for a potty break and it was hard to get restarted. I finished the end of it strong though. I started the Serial podcast and that helped pass the time.
Total Miles – 11.86
So I’m looking forward to Week 3. I have some work things going on this week along with crazy weather, I’m hoping to be able to get all my runs in. Next weekend, I’m scheduled for 8. I’m hoping and praying for decent weather so I can do it outside. Six on the treadmill was a mental struggle – I don’t want to have to experience 8.
I know others have done more, but how do you get through the longer runs on the treadmill? When you are at the gym, do you take in fuel while running your long runs? If you aren’t currently living in your hometown, have you ever gone back to run it?