While I was on my little hiatus, I kept drafts of my training recaps, but never hit publish since they were unfinished (note form, not all pics uploaded). Making my Gate River Run 15K Training Week 3-9 posts live (separate).
Image: Gate River Run 15K
Monday 2/8 -Rest Day
I shifted my run to Tuesday because I had dinner plans with my friends Ali and Patty (you probably remember them from this post). Ali and I have been wanting to try Bad Saint, a new(ish) Filipino restaurant in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. This was actually our third attempt to eat there (first attempt – they are closed on Tuesdays and the second attempt – the next available seating was at 8:30PM). I thought I was “early” when I got in line at 5:30PM EST. You all know the formula right? Positive reviews + no reservations + small space (29 seats) = queuing.
We ended up getting seated at 7:30PM – do not worry, Ali, Patty and I waited at a bar/restaurant next door until we were notified our table was ready.
The ambiance was great and the food was delicious!! Note – my clothes smelled like the restaurant when I returned home because the kitchen was in the the same vicinity.
Tuesday 2/9 – 5 miles | 11:42 min/mile
Used the same downtown route as last week for my 5 miles + 10 x 100 meter strides. Average 11:42 min/mile (11:15, 11:43, 11:38, 12:09). So nice to see an average back in the 11s…baby steps…I’m getting there.
Wednesday 2/10 – 4 miles | 12:24 min/mile
I love recovery runs. I went on an easy out and back towards Dupont Circle and my legs were still heavy from Tuesday’s run. Average 12:24 min/mile (12:23, 12:19, 12:33, 12:24).
Thursday 2/11 -5 miles | 12:25 min/mile
Used the same route as 2/1 for 5 miles with 6 pickups of 2 minutes each. Quads were not having it (need to spend more time there + trigger ball). On average I was only 5 seconds slower per mile than last week, but it felt worse. Average 12:25 min/mile (12:45, 12:18, 12:23, 12:14, 12:27).
Friday 2/12 – Rest Day
Cliff and I drove down to Jacksonville, Florida to attend the wedding of one of Cliff’s high school classmates. Yes, we drove there. Honestly it was not that bad – Google estimated it would take us 10 hours to get there and it took us 11 hours (which included five separate food/rest/gas stops). We left DC around 3:00AM and missed all the I-95S traffic near Quantico/Stafford/Richmond.
That evening we attended the rehearsal dinner at Aardwolf Tap Room. It was a fun venue and the bride/groom also rented a food truck for their guests. Cliff picking out which beers to try for our sampler.
Pretty neat, huh?
Saturday 2/13 – Rest Day
I was hoping to get my long run in, but it did not happen. Driving took a toll and I slept in. Later that morning we checked out Jacksonville Beach (view from the Pier) and met one of Cliff’s friend from high school.
We got back to the hotel so I could watch the Olympic Marathon Trials… I mean so we could get ready 🙂
The wedding/ceremony was held in Hilliard which is about a 20-30 minute drive from the Jacksonville Airport.
The location was beautiful and the weather was fantastic. I had no idea it got “chilly” in Florida.
Sunday 2/14 – Rest Day
The next day was pretty packed. We met my friends Sean, Brittany and their baby for brunch at Tapa That. Remember the time I traveled to Sonoma and Napa? It was for their wedding. It was fun catching up and I look forward to visiting them in March for the Gate River Run 15K.
Afterwards Cliff and I headed to Amelia Island for the night- such a cute town! Does the name sound familiar? The island is home to ZOOMA Florida.
We celebrate Valentines Day with dinner at Le Clos, a French restaurant. It was GOOD.
Weekly Total: 14 miles | 3 Runs
Year to Date: 109.66 miles | 22 Runs