Last week I started training again – yay! In March I will be participating in the Gate River Run 15K with my friend Sean. I’m excited to visit him, his wife and baby in Jacksonville, Florida. I’ve never run a 15K before, so this will be an automatic PR and an opportunity to see where I am fitness/endurance wise come March.
Image: Gate River Run 15K
I originally signed up for the Miami Half **waves** to Kristina and Alaina, but canceled those plans because I could not justify going to Florida three times in three months (will be visiting the Sunshine State for a February wedding). Today I am joining Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap.
Monday 12/28 – Rest Day
Originally scheduled for 5 miles, moved due to work.
Tuesday 12/29 – Rest Day
Scheduled rest day.
Wednesday 12/30 – 5 miles | 12:05 min/mile + 5 x 100 strides
I ran my “Adams Morgan” route after work. This course includes a mile climb up Connecticut Avenue to Calvert Street. I forgot to charge my Garmin #runnerprobs so I used my Timex watch. I finished with an average pace of 12:05 min/mile. After the 5 miles I ran 5 x 100 meter strides – first time I’ve done them. I was tired at the end of the workout, but in a good way (reminiscent of my club swimming days after a 1.5-2 hr swim).
Thursday 12/31 – 3 miles | 12:38 min/mile
Last run of 2015! An afternoon 3 mile recovery run at 12:38 min/mile. Garmin-less again.
Friday 1/1 – 5 miles | 11:52 min/mile
Happy New Year! I was signed up for the DCRR Predictions and Resolutions 5K, but was a little sluggish that morning (overslept) and missed the 5K (the race was free for me because I am a DCRR member). The plan was to warm up for 1 mile, run the 5K and cool down for 1 mile. I ended up running my 5 miles in the afternoon/evening downtown and finished with an average of 11:52 min/mile (12:34, 11:25, 11:26, 11:19, 12:36). Legs were tight for the first mile before they loosened up. The highlights of the run:
An amazing sunset behind the Lincoln Memorial.
Running past the DC Christmas trees one last time.
Saturday 1/2 – 6 miles | 12:20 min/mile + 1 mile + 60 minutes yoga
I met the Arlington Road Runner Club in Rosslyn for my long run. It was my first time running with the group and luckily I already knew Courtney, Leeann, Becca, and Laurie through Oiselle. I had nothing to be nervous or shy about because everyone was really nice. I ran with Laurie (whom I met that morning) along the Mount Vernon Trail towards Hains Point and back. It was pretty cold that morning 34-38F, but I warmed up quickly and put my gloves in my belt. My legs were definitely tired from the night before. We ran across the 14th Street Bridge and it was so much more enjoyable running over it on Saturday vs. MCM 🙂
As we made our way back towards Rosslyn my knees would ache during the inclines. Laurie was a great running partner and walked the inclines with me when my knees started hurting. I had 6 miles scheduled for the day and finished with an average of 12:20 min/mile (11:51, 12:07, 12:13, 12:26, 12:29, 13:17). I finished 1 more mile with Laurie (she ran 3 miles beforehand and had 4 more afterwards) with a split of 13:30. During our run we also set a goal for the Run Love Challenge. There will be much core work and run meetups in the future! Following the run I stretched, foam rolled and iced my knee. Later in the morning I attended a 60 minute Core Power Yoga class to stretch the legs.
Sunday 1/3 – Rest Day
Scheduled rest day, walked around (an empty) Georgetown University with Cliff.
Weekly Total: 20 miles | 4 Runs
Year to Date: 20 miles | 4 Runs
How was your week/end?
What race are you training for?