Running Recap (8/14-8/20)

Monday: Cross Train

Tuesday (3 miles): 9:10, 9:17, 9:09. Time: 28:27.

Wednesday (5x400m repeats): 2:04, 1:54, 2:03, 2:01, 2:03

Thursday (3 miles): 8:49, 8:37, 8:32. Time: 26:01.

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday (5 miles): 9:10, 9:31, 9:12, 9:50, 9:10. Time: 46:56.

Sunday (3 miles): 9:01, 9:03, 8:52. Time: 26:57.

Week One of Half Marathon training is DONE. Week Two is in full swing. Getting stronger (and looking forward to some cooler temps hopefully soon).

A Midsummer Night’s Run 5K – 8/12/17

This race was held in downtown Lexington this past Saturday and was the first 5K I’ve done in over a year. It was nice to do a race in the city I actually live in. I had kind of forgotten how convenient that is. But, the race started at 8pm and the weather could not have been better! It was cooler for August, the sun was starting to go down, and the humidity was low. Perfect.

My main mistake though was starting too far back. I had a fear of starting too close to the front and making faster people angry. This backfired though because I ended up being behind walkers. As I sped up I got caught behind mom’s with strollers. Man, I really wish there had been corrals. But it was a 5K, so I obviously understand why there wasn’t one.

Anyways, my first mile was spent zigzagging my way around the walkers and strollers. I felt that this mile would be my slowest of the three but I actually clocked in at 8:12. Nice!

My goal was to set a new PR which meant I needed to go under 26:08. This was a flat, fast course so I was pumped to see what I could do!

During my second mile I came across an old co-worker so I made sure to say hello and then continued on my way. At the 1.5 mile mark you turn around and head back downtown. After I made the turn I came across another old co-worker so I said hello to her as well and kept trucking.

Mile 2 came in around 8:42 if I remember correctly. Slower than what I needed to finish with a PR.

I kept running, but at this point I was starting to get tired and the finish line seemed so far away. During this last mile I passed a friend who was walking the race and we exchanged shouts across the street. It was a nice distraction from the pain developing in my left leg.

In the end, I came across at 26:30 with my last mile clocking in at 8:29. 22 seconds away from my PR. But, you know, for a summer race at night, I think I’ll take it! It felt good (albeit hard) to run those miles at that pace, but it makes me excited for my fall half marathon! Sub-2 hour half, I’m comin’ for ya!

The awesome part of this race was getting a FREE Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich at the end! It was warm and so yummy!

The only downside is that by the end of the race, my legs felt like they had knots in them. Walking was uncomfortable. We made the short drive home and I could barely stand when I got out of the car. Every step hurt and the stairs were awful. I had Andrew work on my legs and it was so painful. I’ve never had that kind of pain (even after a half marathon), so I’m unsure what happened. It was all very weird. If you have any insights, let me know! Side note: I did a lot of stretching before this race, so I’m really confused as to why my legs got that angry at me. Maybe it was because I was coming off a small cold?

Anyways, this race was well organized and I had a lot of fun running downtown. I highly recommend it!

Running Week in Review (8/7 – 8/13)

Another week is in the books. This week was tough because I was sick with a sore throat at the end of the week. Needless to say, I felt less than 100%.

Monday: Cross-Train for 40 minutes

Tuesday (3.5 miles): 9:02, 8:58, 8:52, 4:16. Time = 31:09.

Wednesday (6x400m repeats): 1:59, 1:52, 2:01, 1:54, 1:55, 2:02.

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest

Saturday (5K): 8:12, 8:42, 8:29, 1:07. Unofficial Time = 26:31 (Official Time = 26:30)

Sunday (3 miles easy): 9:37, 9:15, 9:15. Time = 28:10.

Running Week in Review (7/24 – 7/30)

Monday (40 minutes of Cross-Training): Walk

Tuesday (3.5 miles): 9:00, 8:55, 8:36, 4:11. Time: 30:43.

Wednesday (6×400 repeats): 1 = 1:58, 2 = 1:53, 3= 1:58, 4= 1:50, 5= 1:51, 6 = 2:02

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest

Saturday (5K Time Trial): 8:06, 8:31, 8:29. Time = 25:57.6 (an unofficial PR).

Sunday (3 miles): 9:02, 8:54, 8:50. Time = 26:48.

All in all, this was a light week. But, I am officially registered for a nighttime 5K on the 12th of August! Hoping to grab an official 5K PR at that race.

Running – Week in Review (7/17-7/22)

Each week I am going to start posting the results of my runs. This is good for my own accountability, but hopefully it’ll also help me meet more of you fellow runners out there!

Monday (Cross Train): 30 minutes of walking

Tuesday (3 miles): 8:33, 9:02, 8:11. Time – 25:48

Wednesday (30 minute tempo): 9:33, 8:58, 9:12, 2:17

Thursday (3 miles): 9:00, 9:04, 8:42. Time – 26:50

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday (6 miles): 8:54, 9:42, 10:28, 9:20, 10:35, 9:48. Time – 58:51.

That Saturday run absolutely wrecked me. It was so hot and so humid and I had a toe issue halfway through. Summer running is no joke. But hopefully it’s making me stronger for the fall!

Muir Woods – Day 7

We woke up on Friday with the sad remembrance that it was our final day of vacation. However, thanks to a red eye flight, we pretty much had the entire day to do some final exploring!

Chris fixed breakfast for us again on our final morning at her lovely home. This time we had bagels, fruit, ham, sausage, eggs, and hashbrowns. It was yummy!

From her house we drove a couple of hours over to Atwater to visit the Castle Air Museum. Andrew loves aviation and he was super excited to visit this place. I don’t remember the exact number of planes they had, but it had to have been over 30? 40?

The admission price was $15 which I don’t think was worth it. Everything was outside in the boiling hot sun which definitely detracted from the enjoyment level. They also had a small museum you could walk through. It again was okay, but nothing special.

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Perhaps the coolest thing they had (IMHO) was Air Force One!

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Anyways, by this point it was around 12:30pm so we started trekking back to SF to figure out what to do with the rest of our time. During this point we decided we were going to try and visit Muir Woods!! We had heard so many good things about it that we knew we had to at least make an effort to see some coastal redwoods.

It was a long drive but got there around 3:30pm or so and were able to find a parking spot. Our suggestion is to visit early in the morning or a couple of hours before close. Parking is scarce and the popularity of this place continues to increase.

We were SO glad we decided to visit. I mean, check out these trees. Beautiful!

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Muir Woods also has a few different trails you can hike on, but we weren’t really prepared for that. We stuck to the main loop and walked slowly taking in all the scenery. It’s hard to believe that Muir is so close to San Francisco because it feels other worldly.

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After hanging out there for a couple of hours we decided to head back to SF. Andrew was tired of driving and truth be told, we mainly wanted to just get rid of the rental car. As nice as it was, it was also a hassle and we didn’t want to deal with parking in SF.

We returned it and then decided to head to the airport early since we had nothing to do with our suitcase. We got to the airport around 7pm, did security, and then ate dinner at one of the sit-down restaurants since our flight wasn’t leaving until midnight.

I know, I know, we could have spent more time in the city. But we were pooped so we were fine with chilling in the airport and taking it easy.

We finally made it home around 2pm the next afternoon. We were tired, but so thankful for our time in California! It was an unforgettable trip!