Did you see that? Week 6? I’m halfway done my training. I can’t believe I’m halfway there…or another way of looking at it is only 4 long runs left until taper. EEEEK!
So I have a confession – I got a DNS for Rock n Roll DC. It was a rainy mess, it was only a 5K, and I didn’t pay for the entry. It wasn’t worth the hour and a half commute to run 3.1 miles in the rain. I was really excited to experience a Rock n Roll race, but this just wasn’t the year to do it I guess. Registration for the 2016 half is only $50 right now, but after this winter, I’m not sure I’d want to sign up for a race any earlier than April or May.
Sunday I did run the Kelly’s Shamrock 5K in Baltimore and it was a blast! Such a fun race, I’ll definitely do that one again. I got another PR too! I’ll do a proper recap later this week. I guess that’s to be expected now that I’ve got a full year of running under my belt. It’s exciting to see how far I’ve come though. Anyways…
Frederick Factoid #4
This isn’t so much of a Factoid as it is an ad for a fun event in Frederick. Every year, on a September Saturday, Frederick’s main street, Market Street, is shut down to traffic for the In the Streets Festival. As kid the idea of this was fun because hey, I was walking in the middle of the street! Each block is themed, there are local artisans, local restaurants, and live bands all out in the street. You can go into all the local shops and boutiques and enjoy a nice day out. What kind of sell would this be if I didn’t mention the Market Street Mile Road Race that is held in the morning? They have a men’s heat, a women’s heat, a youth heat, and a Family Fun Walk. Depending on my training schedule this fall, I’m gonna try and do this with Charlotte – all kids get a finisher’s medal. All in all, this is a great event for everyone and if you ever want to explore Frederick and have a good time…check out the In the Streets Festival.
Now, on to last week’s workouts. All in all, it was a good week. The 10K really did a number on my legs and it took a while for them to feel normal again. Not running outside for over a month will do that to you I guess.
Sunday – 7.2 Miles – Cupids 10K Crush, plus 1 warm up mile
Monday – Body Pump – I made it back! It had been so long I couldn’t remember what weights I had been using.
Tuesday – Speed Work – Daylight savings caught up to me and I couldn’t wake up. One missed run isn’t going to kill my schedule.
Wednesday – Yoga – I did a 40 minute video I found online. It was called Yoga Flow for Runners by a yoga instructor named Cara Gilman. It was challenging and good. I’ll probably go back to it whenever I’m out of town and stuck in my hotel room.
Thursday – Tempo Run – I planned to do this as a 4 mile progressive run, and it was awful. The gym in the hotel was so humid and my legs just didn’t want to run. Even though I was progressing in speed, I kept stopping and starting. It was probably the worst run ever. The only redeeming part of the run is that I did force myself to finish out the last mile with no stopping. So I had a strong finish…I guess that can kinda make up for the first three miles of ridiculousness.
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 8 Miles – Since I skipped out on the DC 5K, I was able to go back to my scheduled run of 8 miles. I was on the treadmill of course due to the rain, but it was a great 8 miles. It went much better than the prior 8 mile treadmill run. The second half wasn’t as smooth as the first, but I had no trouble getting started back up and had another strong finish.
Total Miles – 12 – (I counted Sunday’s 10K in last weeks miles)
Even though I had a race scheduled for Sunday, I felt I deserved to enjoy a couple of these as I caught up on Downton Abbey.
I don’t have any planned travel for at least 3 weeks!!! The past two months have just felt crazy. Time to get some actual work done (and time to get caught up on my blogs!)
How is your training going? What is the worst run you’ve ever had?