I can not believe I will be running a marathon in 40 days. At the same time, I’m SO ready to be done with this marathon training cycle 🙂 This week was tough because I was in Los Angeles Monday – Wednesday. It was one of the first times I’ve found it difficult to run while on travel. I was staying in downtown LA, with no car so I had no really good options for runs outside. And the dreadmill is NOT my friend.
Basically Monday – Wednesday was a wash. I got in a few very short runs that aren’t really worth mentioning (about 4 miles total). I was feeling kinda meh by the time I was back in DC.
Thursday I had planned to run before barre class at Barre 3, but traffic scaled that goal back and I only ran 1 mile before class. Which ended up being smart because whew! Class was a killer!
On Friday, I stopped by City Sports on my way home because they were having a sale and I wanted to see the prices on one of my wish list items. Lucky me, they had the exact camelback I wanted for sale! I scooped that bad boy up and went home to do a quick test run. [note: I spoke with Richmond Marathon directors and they WILL be allowing camelbacks during the race –woohoo!]
Saturday morning, I ran the Mind Your Health 5k. This was a small 5k (300 people) that the race director asked me to run and promote in exchange for a free bib. It’s supporting an awesome organization (Mental Health Association) so I agreed. The course was great and the race was fun, with a DJ and bubbles at the start and well-organized. But geez was it HOT! We are having some unseasonably warm weather here in DC and I was so glad I had my camelback so I could drink water throughout the race. I really enjoyed the whole morning and was pleased that I ran a few seconds faster than my 5k last weekend.
Since I ran a race on Saturday, my long run was moved to Sunday. I decided to run with Janelle and Nadine, since we’d had so much fun at the Clarendon Day Double last weekend. The ladies wanted to run some hills to prepare themselves for the Nike Women’s Half in San Francisco. That meant that I agreed to run the Trail of Death (i.e. the Custis Trail). If you google this trail, one of the most striking things you’ll notice is all the references to the hills. Well, I can tell you that this trail is for.real. SO many hills. 4 miles of them to be exact. Whew. By mile 2, I knew this was going to be a tough run. And it was. The first four miles on the Trail of Death were all 11 minute miles. The miles off the trail were 10:30 minute miles. But that’s to be expected when you run giant hills! All told, it took me 2:37 to run 14 miles (the last two miles I ran by myself – the ladies only ran 12). it’s pretty exciting to have run my longest distance EVER! What wasn’t expected was the Pacers Oasis with bathrooms, water and Nunn set up near where we started our run. It was so nice to see friendly faces and treats while I was finishing the last two miles alone. Thank you Pacers!
Tell me about your weekend? Any fun new purchases or great (or not so great) runs?