Covered Bridges Half Training Week 1-3/21-3/27

March 30, 2016

Made it outside this week! I do have the occasional cough, but it so nice not to be sick.  This June I will be running the Covered Bridges Half Marathon in Vermont.  The Berlin Marathon is now six months away (what?!) so this race will be a nice way to assess my overall fitness as marathon training picks up.  


Image: Covered Bridges Half Marathon 

Monday 3/21 – 5 miles | 12:43 min/mile

My usual downtown route at an average 12:43 min/mile (12:53 12:45 12:38 12:43 12:37).  This was my first time running in about 1.5-2 weeks, it wasn’t the prettiest of runs, but I was glad to be out there.  I passed on the optional 10 x 100 meter strides for this week. 

Tuesday 3/22Rest Day 

Foam rolled – the legs were tired! 

Wednesday 3/23 – 4 miles | 12:42 min/mile + 60 minutes barre 

Woke up early and went to a Barre3 class – so nice I only have to walk 5 minutes to get there.  Purply goodness for the morning. 

After work I had 4 miles easy and ran my Adams Morgan route. The easy run was much needed, but I guess I could have taken it in slower – I was still spent.  Average 12:42 min/mile (12:48, 13:01, 12:25, 12:37).  Thank goodness for the downhill portion of this route 😉 

Thursday 3/24 – Rest Day

Rest I did. Random – I passed by a gift shop near work and this caught my eye.  Had no idea they made Cherry Blossom lady gnomes haha.  

Friday 3/25 – Rest Day

Moved Friday’s workout to Saturday. 

Saturday 3/26 – 5 miles | 12:37 min/mile + 60 minutes barre 

The workout was 5 miles with 6 pickups of 90 seconds each.  I warmed up/cooled down for Miles 1/5 and ran 2 pickups each for Miles 2-4.  Definitely the toughest workout of the week as it integrated some speed (and felt tougher than similar workouts prior to my cold).  I went north and ran Rock Creek park.  Average 12:37 min/mile (12:47 12:35 12:23 12:37 12:43).  

 

Another barre workout 🙂 Love the exposed brick wall. 

Sunday 3/27 – 7 miles | 12:47 min/mile + 60 minutes barre

Long run Sunday – 7 miles at a steady pace.  My goal was to finish them.  I was tempted to run along the tidal basin, but I headed out a little later than I intended and knew I did not want to battle the crowds (I did see some nice cherry blossoms though).  Finished with an average 12:47 min/mile (12:55 12:53 12:43 12:45 12:48 12:37 12:50).  I had to remind myself it will take a couple of weeks to get back to “normal” – running wise. 

 

I made it to another barre class after my run.  My legs were tired, so I took it easy when I needed to…umm hello squats. 

Afterwards I walked over to Glover Park and enjoyed a nice iced tea and breakfast – I could see the National Cathedral from my table. 

Then I walked home and treated my self with some cake pops.  The store was across from the National Zoo, and that place was hopping! 

Weekly Total: 21 miles | 4 Runs

Year to Date: 197.76 miles | 39 Runs

How was your weekend? 

Did you see the cherry blossoms? 

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    1. Nice week! You got to see some nice blossoms. I’m in the burbs, so mostly pear blossoms for me.

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        Pear blossoms are beautiful. I also like crab apple blossoms <-- very fluffy!

    1. I did VT this fall. I had thought about doing VCM, because everyone does that, but in the end I decided when I do VT, it should be in the fall (we lived there when we first got married — 30 yrs ago!).

      No cherry blossoms here. Although apparently there’s a race that has some in a few weeks, but I think it might be too close to my spring half.
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        Fun – congrats on 30 years + of marriage. Just re-read your recap, looks like a great time to visit VT.

    1. Those Cherry Blossom gnomes are hilarious. I wonder how many people collect those? It looks like you are right on track with your training. I’m sure that Vermont race will really be a fun on with those gorgeous bridges. You seem to find some rally interesting races.
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    1. Looks like you had a great week or work outs coming off being sick! Those cake pops look delicious 🙂 It looks like I”m going to miss seeing the cherry blossoms this year but that’s ok, they’ll be back next year.
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        Thanks, Mar! Will do 🙂 Cliff and I were there again this past Friday (Raku), but I knew you were in NJ. Next time for sure.

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        Starting to see some results, which is nice! Wonder what a year of consistent barre will look like 🙂

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        They were so funny! Glad everything is blooming in ATL. Is it warm down there already?

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