Woah, how is it April already?! This week was filled with loads of runs and fun.
One of the highlights….if you click on the left picture I made the Meb Selfie!
— meb keflezighi (@runmeb) April 1, 2016
Monday 3/28 – 5 miles | 12:40 min/mile + 6 x 100 meter strides
Downtown DC route – this time I ran clockwise towards the Capitol, with an average of 12:40 min/mile (12:49, 12:38, 12:39, 12:41, 12:34). Completed 6 x 100 meter strides on Pennsylvania…legs were tired.
Tuesday 3/29 – Rest Day
Foam rolling and stretching.
Wednesday 3/30 – 4 miles | 12:43 min/mile
Recovery run out and back towards the Shaw neighborhood. Average 12:43 min/mile (12:45, 12:43 ,12:46 ,12:39). Based on that, I probably could pick it up a bit for my Monday workouts.
Thursday 3/31 – Rest Day
Missed barre this week, but was able to attend an event hosted by Potomac River Running Arlington. Meb, oh you know the 2014 Boston Marathon winner + Olympian + Team USA 2016, was in town for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and was the guest speaker. I arrived close to 5:30PM and (finally) met my blogging buddy, Kim (we proceeded to run into each other on Friday and Sunday).
I attended the event with my friend Emily, her co-worker Olamide, and the Oiselle ladies. If you ever get an opportunity to see Meb, you should! He is such a great speaker and inspiration.
Friday 4/1 – Rest Day
Did a little shuffling with my schedule this week since I had the Marine Corps Marathon 17.75K and Cherry Blossom 5K this weekend. I took some PTO (paid time off) so I could volunteer at the Cherry Blossom Expo (volunteers receive guaranteed entry for the next year).
I signed up for t-shirt exchange…which happened to be right by Meb! Funny, right?!
Afterwards I met Cliff for some sushi at Raku. I thought Cliff’s dish was super pretty.
Saturday 4/2 – 7 miles | 14:17 min/mile + 4 mile recovery
I signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon 17.75K and holy moly hills! With Kelly pre-race.
I had a 7 mile long run on the schedule, so I decided to use the first 7 miles as my long run and the last 4 miles as recovery. Those miles were tough! I had to walk several of the inclines, I finished with an average of 14:17 min/mile (13:41, 14:38, 13:42, 12:57, 16:15, 14:15, 14:30). Recap to come!
Sunday 4/3 – 3.1 miles | 14:26 min/mile
A chilly/windy day for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and 5K – recap to come as well. I let Cliff take the lead and we mixed it up with some running and walking. The last mile we had a consistent run/walk ratio of 1:1 and during those 60 seconds of running we were in the low 9s or 10s – Cliff can sprint! This was a nice confidence booster that I shared with my coach. I’ve usually been in the 11s when I run my pickups, so this told me I may be holding back a bit. We finished with an average of 14:26 min/mile (14:54, 15:14, 13:16).
After a post 5K brunch, I visited my parents and picked up my ROLL 8 Recovery (I talked about it during my Friday Five). Looks scary, but it definitely felt good on my tired legs. Review/video to come.
Weekly Total: 23.1 miles | 4 Runs
Year to Date: 220.86 miles | 43 Runs
How was your weekend?
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