Gate River Run 15K Training Week 11 – 3/7-3/13

March 16, 2016

And just like that the Gate River Run 15K came and went. Good news or bad news first? Good news, I finished and had a great time visiting my friends in Jacksonville.  Bad news, I came down with a cough on Friday and it made it difficult to run (breath) on Saturday.  I’ll detail more in my recap.  I’ve been battling the cough this week (which has kept me up during the nights), hence the later than usual post.  I am joining Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for this week’s Weekly Wrap. 

Image: Gate River Run 15K

Monday 3/7 – 5 miles | 12:31 min/mile + 10 x 100 meter strides

Ran my usual route post work – 12:31 min/mile (12:43, 12:20, 12:35, 12:23, 12:38).  It was one of those workouts in which the legs never felt warmed up for the entire run.  The 10 x 100 strides were tough, but slowly (well felt “fast”) finished them. 

Tuesday 3/8- 60 minutes barre

A new Barre3 studio opened in my neighborhood and I signed up for a free class during their opening week.  It was so nice to see the sunrise during the 6:00AM class.  We did ALOT of squats during warm-up, but no problemo, right? Wait until tomorrow……

After work I met Cliff for dinner at Tortilla Coast.  There are much better Tex/Mex restaurants in the area, but this location has a huge patio + not always crowded…perfect for a nice day. 

Wednesday 3/9 – Rest day

This was an unplanned rest day. Holy moly my inner thighs were on fire (see Tuesday morning).  Those squats got the best of me.  I wasn’t even this sore post marathon.  That is what I get for slacking on the strength the past couple of months.  Missed my 5 mile recovery day.

Thursday 3/10 – Rest day

My thighs were still hurting, even when I walked.  I would stretch in my cube (thank goodness for high walls), but they were still tight.  I emailed Mollie it I should run or give it a rest.  She suggested I go ahead and try.  Okay – I would plan on running Friday morning.  That evening I met my friend Emily to drop off her Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K bib/swag.  We also had some ramen at Sakuramen, yum! 

Friday 3/11 -1 mile | 12:53 min/mile

Well run I tried and it did not go well – the thighs were so sore.  Flight from DC to JAX.

Saturday 3/12 – .7 miles warm up + Gate River Run 15K | 14:59 min/mile

I have to charge my Garmin to get my splits, but as you can see the run did not go as planned.  I was thinking I would finish with an average 12:00 min/mile based on my training runs.  My finish time of 2:19  was definitely far from my 10 Miler PR (1:51 from 2014 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler).  Le sigh. Things happen.  Will share more soon in my recap (chest cough + heat = no bueno).  Here is a pic right after Mile 1 – crossing the first bridge. 

Start/finish at Everbank Field – home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Sunday 3/13 – Rest

Rest day + flew back home to DC.  I stepped off the plane and guess what happened? I twisted my right ankle. I heard a noise, but luckily I was able to put weight on it.  So far no swelling, just some tenderness.  What a weekend, right?  Cliff met me at the airport – was so nice to see him!

Weekly Total: 16 miles | 3 Runs (ish)

Year to Date: 176.76 miles | 35 Runs

Have you gotten sick right before a race?

How was your weekend?

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    1. Ack! Sorry about the race. I just ran a 15k this past weekend and it didn’t go well for me at all, but it was fun and we got green champagne at the end! LOL. Onward and upward!

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        Thanks, Wendy! Sorry you didn’t have a good race either, but green champagne sounds like a fun way to end the race šŸ™‚

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        All cleared! It was tender the same day + next, but no issues so far šŸ™‚ Thanks, Deborah!

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        You are right! A bump in the road, but still plenty of weekends and races to run. Thanks šŸ™‚

    1. Ouch – i’m sorry you got sick (and then injured post-race)! It’s never fun for a race to be sick. I’ve definitely found that getting into a strength routine has helped me to feel stronger and faster for my running. Time to keep up that barre class is NOW! Hope your cold is getting better!
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        Thanks Lauren. Took a week, but feeling better. You are right about strength, when I was feeling my all time “best” I was consistently strength training 2-3x week. Hope you are feeling better this week as well.

    1. Pure Barre sounds like Pure Torture. LOL. Good job for finishing a tough race when you were not feeling well. You have a beautiful medal to show for it. That is one distance I have never tried. We have a local one that includes a hill nicknamed “The Beast”. I think that’s what has kept me away. I hope your ankle doesn’t give you any problems. Thanks for linking with us Jenny.
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        Haha – sometimes it feels like torture šŸ™‚ Oh boy… a race with a hill named “The Beast” does not sound easy! Luckily my ankle has been feeling okay – will be back running this week.

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        It was nice to spend time with them for sure (they use to live in my neighborhood in DC). Next time I’m in FL I will have to meet the Fort Lauderdale crew of you and Kristina!

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        Thanks! Agreed, do you think you will do the Winery 5K again? Or maybe something else?

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        Thanks Chaitali! Alot of people from work have been sick – something is in the air.

    1. The one thing I’m concerned about traveling for a race is the airplane environment. I’ve picked up more coughs than I’d like after flying. I will drink Airborne as a precaution before heading to the airport. I hope your cough gets better and you can breathe again on your runs.
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        Lesley – that is a good tip. I will need to remember that for the future (especially for Berlin)!

    1. Sorry to hear the race didn’t go as planned and what a scare with your ankle! I’m glad it seems like it is okay and hopefully – fingers crossed – not a serious injury.

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        Thanks Sun. Luckily it was not a serious injury. It was tender for the first few days and fine on Day 3. I was out sick for the week so it reaped the benefits of no running as well (just in case).

    1. I’m so sorry. Yes, I’ve had that happen to me — that was my ZOOMA Annapolis experience last year — hot, not time to acclimate, and I was sick for just that weekend.

      Bad runs & races happen, but they just make us stronger in the end!
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        Agreed! It reminded me….humid weather is around the corner. Will be good to get acclimated again.

    1. Ah sorry to hear about getting sick! I had bronchitis before the Stampede 10K and I hope that’s not what you are getting. The pic crossing the bridge is nice! Way to stick it out and finish! The medal is nice as well! Hope you feel better soon. I also hope your ankle is ok!
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        Thanks Sharon. Thank goodness it was not bronchitis, my colleague ended up getting that though!

    1. What an awesome medal that is! I’ve been trying to take pictures of my medal with landmarks and interesting thing so I can appreciate this photo! Great job!
      Sorry to hear the race didn’t go quite as planned but I hope things work out for you. I hate a cough, seems the last thing to get rid of!! Thanks Jenny for linking up with us!! šŸ™‚
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        Taking pictures of medals and landmarks is one of my favorite things to do šŸ™‚ I should do a post on that one day!

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        This was the first time I was sick in which it impacted the chest/lung area – too bad, oh well there will plenty more races and I had a good time visiting my friends.

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        Same for me – whew. Tender the first few days, but I was able to put weight on it. No swelling at all šŸ™‚

    1. Oh man what bad timing on getting sick! It’s hard enough to run with a cough, I can’t imagine how it was running in the Florida heat with it. I hope your ankle feels better – what a weekend is right!
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        Thank you Meagan – luckily there was no swelling and was tender for a few days. Hope 50K training is going well.

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        No swelling and just some tenderness for two days – yay! Although I was not racing in ideal conditions, I did enjoy the scenery.

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        Thanks Nathasha. Hopefully last time I will be sick at a race in awhile. Yes to a HH or brunch. I’ll email you all now.

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