Hope everyone had a nice long weekend! Even though it is the same number of days, Saturday-Monday always seems longer than Friday-Sunday! Today I am linking up with Tara at Running n’ Reading for the Weekend Update (One day later than usual…will get back to my usual blogging pattern soon! I have so many posts in draft mode to share).
Monday 6/29– 2 mile walk
Tuesday 6/30 – 2 mile walk + 60 minutes personal training + 1 mile elliptical
Wednesday 7/1 – 2 mile walk + 3 mile run @11:59 min/mile
Thursday 7/2 – 2 mile walk
Friday 7/3 – 2 mile walk + 2 mile run @
Saturday 7/4 – 8.5 mile run @ + 1.5 mile walk
Sunday 7/5 – 2 mile walk
Total: 28 miles (13.5 walk | 13.5 run | 1 elliptical)
No bueno. I planned on using my parent’s neighborhood pool this past weekend, but the rain got in the way :/ I think I’ll rearrange my schedule a bit to get one of my swim workouts in the beginning of the week instead of leaving it to the end.
No bueno as well. I wanted to take my bike to the shop to get a tune up (and fix a flat…note…I need to relearn how to fix my own flat), but it was closed by the time I got there. #JenFail
The past couple of weeks have been rainy – which cooled down the area a bit and made it semi enjoyable to run in. I ran three times last week including another morning run (3 weeks in row ftw). We’ll see how I do this week since my running partner is out of town.
Run #1: 3 mile run @11:59 min/mile (12:08, 12:16, 11:32)
A quick 3 miles in Rock Creek Park – it was so empty except for a few commuter bicyclists. Apparently it stormed the night before so there were some branches and puddles along the path. Does the top of the hill look familiar? It is the famous Calvert Street Hill from the RnR USA Half Marathon.
Run #2: 2 mile run @11:30 min/mile (11:06, 11:54)
My original plan run my 10 miler on Friday morning so I could participate in DCRR’s Handicapped 4 Miler on Saturday. Well this is what happened: snooze…snooze….snooze. Woops… woke up too late… fine…move the long run to the afternoon/evening. I put on my Farrow Tank (yay for sales), new shoes and set out for my long run. Well that didn’t happen. I picked up a new fuel to try (Clif Organic Energy Food – Banana Mango with Coconut…which was yummy), but due to its weight it made my belt bounce up and down during the run and proved too annoying.
So I ran two miles…said hello to Gandi and dilly dallied for the rest of the afternoon (including a stop at Books-A-Million) where I nabbed 5 books for 20% off + a spiffy tote bag.
Run #3: 8.5 mile run @12:09 min/mile (12:33, 11:50, 11:46, 13:18, 11:48, 11:27, 11:57, 12:28)
On Saturday I got myself out of bed for the long run. I planned a route that would take me north towards the Maryland border and back south towards downtown DC.
I passed the zoo and started having doubts about the route I planned (which would involve some hills on Connecticut Avenue). I decided forget this…I’m not running up these hills and changed my route a bit.
I ran passed the Cleveland Park Metro and looped back south where I made a right turn onto Macomb Street. It looked flat enough. Well I was wrong. Once I passed the flat section it was a half mile climb uphill until I reached Wisconsin Avenue – that was my 13:18 split. I suppose the reward was seeing this beauty…..
and downhill on Embassy Row (where I ran a couple of weeks ago here). At this point it started to pour. When I checked forecast it called for rain later in the morning.. groan…since I didn’t bring a visor. After seeing PraireRunnerGirl Instagram picture, I made a slight detour to pass the Old Executive Office Building (next to the White House) – so patriotic!
Because of my detour I arrived at my friend’s apartment sooner than expected so I could feed her cat (ended at mile 8.5 vs. mile 10). By the time I finished I was cold and my muscles were tight, so I walked 1.5 miles home.
Overall I was happy with the long run despite the shorter distance – it averaged out to my goal marathon pace. I need to work on more consistent splits – its tough to fight the urge to run at half marathon pace. This week I also plan on extending one of my shorter runs to 6 miles (previous weeks I was running 5 miles).
My parents hosted a Fourth of July BBQ at their house. I didn’t get a chance to make a blueberry dessert (plus I ate up most of the supply), so I brought over Hell or High Watermelon Beer by 21st Amendment (I had that when I visited SF a couple of years ago). Have you tried it before? I didn’t partake in the beer, but indulged in the desserts.
On Sunday I visited a couple of my friends in Baltimore – including their new two month old baby. It was fun catching up with them (we chatted for more than 6 hours). Later that evening I enjoyed a yummy dinner a la Cliff.
How was your weekend?
Did you run a Fourth of July race?