He is Risen! I hope that everyone enjoys a lovely Easter Sunday! I attended a sunrise service down at the Lincoln Memorial and it was lovely. This week brings more travel, as I head off to San Francisco for a conference on Tuesday. This is my fifth year attending this particular conference and I always enjoy it. I’m looking forward to the trip. As you may remember, I will still be running (and even doing a couple of races) in between now and when I start training for the Berlin Marathon. But I’ll primarily be focused on cross training and keeping my base level of running up. I imagine I’ll run a few days a week for the next month or so before training gets going. In that spirit, I will continue to enjoy all of your training recaps, so please do keep linking up! This is a low-key link up, but if you participate regularly, link back to this blog. Now on to the maintenance training recap!
Monday: Got my butt kicked at Pure Barre in Chicago. Like, literally my butt hurt for a couple days, lol. It was a great class.
Tuesday: I was lucky enough to be in Chicago for a meetup for the local Oiselle team hosted at Fleet Feet Running Store. I got in 5 fun miles and enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. I love that this team gives me running buddies wherever I go!
Wednesday: Flew back home to DC and took a rest day.
Thursday: 3.3 miles with Caitlin before work. Um, hi summer? It was a BIT warm for my tastes but always good to catch up with C during a run.
Friday: So I am not sure if I mentioned this but my dear friend Pamela (she ran with me at B&A Half) is a running coach and while I know I’m going to follow the Hanson plan for Berlin, I struggle with setting a goal pace and never really know how to choose that pace. Pamela offered to help me with this but told me I should race a 5k and then she could work on my paces. Confession: I did NOT want to race a 5k. Racing 5ks hurts. Bad. I think I’d honestly take the slow burn of the marathon over the grueling ~25 minute hell session of the 5k. So I told Pamela that I’d do my best, knowing I was signed up for a couple of the Friday 5ks in April. Well, last week, I was in no way prepared to race after racing and PRing for two consecutive weekends. I also paced a friend last week and that was great. I thought that maybe I’d think about racing this past Friday but once I got to the race and talking took priority over warming up, I scrapped that plan. I decided to try and run with my fast friend Colleen. Colleen had already worked out 2x that day (she’s a beast!) and wanted to run about 8:30s. That sounded reasonable to me so I said sure. After the first mile, when Colleen looked at her watch and said she was gonna slow down, I knew that meant we’d been running too fast (I estimated we were running in the 7:xx range). She did tell me to go one and that I could PR if I kept it up. So I decided to just try my best and hold on. And sure enough, I ran a new PR of 24:17. I’m gonna be really real, y’all: that HURT. I didn’t quite blow up but almost…my splits were not great. 7:19/7:32/8:00/7:55 for the final .1. I am really really really bad at pacing shorter races. But on the positive side, this was a decent enough effort that I’m comfortable using it to set my goal for Berlin. Also, I’m super glad I don’t have to race another 5k again for awhile.
Saturday: A lot of stretching and some yoga at home.
Sunday: 3.3 miles total. I ran to and from Sunrise Easter Services on the Mall. It was a beautiful way to start Easter Sunday!
Total mileage for the week: 14.91 miles
Total mileage for the year: 419.19 miles
Do you run when you travel? I love it!