Sunday Sweats [3/9-3/15]

Monday: Rest day | I spent the day traveling for an interview (!!!), so not exactly restful, but a non-exercise day nonetheless.
Tuesday: 3 mile run @ 8:06  + 30 minutes strength training | Had one of those days where my legs just felt really good. Maybe the whole taper thing is working after all? Plus it was nice to just have a 5k on the agenda for a change! 

Wednesday: 3 mile run @ 8:42 | Today ended up being an unplanned travel day back to the beach and I had to get in my run early before hitting the road. My legs felt tired and heavy, most likely due to the part where it was morning and I had just run 14 hours prior. It wasn't bad, just okay.

Thursday: 3 mile run @ 8:41 | I did this one at the beach and it was such a blast - literally a blast as there was an 18mph headwind for the first half as I ran north on the boardwalk. It was a gorgeous day with the sun shining so bright in the blue sky. I ran from our hotel to the statue of King Neptune, then turned around and came back (when the 18mph wind was now a tailwind, and much appreciated). Running the boardwalk makes me so emotional and I may or may not have spent a good portion of this run teary-eyed. I've ran and crossed countless finish lines there, and so many big ones: my first 5k, first 10k, first 10-miler, first half marathon, several PRs at those distances since the first ones. It's not always an easy or fun experience but I have had so many big running moments on that boardwalk. The finish line for a lot of races is just beyond the King Neptune statue, so seeing him is the almost-done signifier. They had already started setting up for Shamrock and had put up some of the signs, and the crew was just beginning to put up the tent on the beach, and I just kept thinking about the next time I'll see King Neptune!


Friday: 20 minutes yoga | More traveling today, but this time it was to finally meet up with Alyssa and Kristen in DC for the Rock n Roll half marathon! We spent some time getting ready for the race in our hotel thanks to an impromptu class led by Alyssa herself. I hope she remembers us as some of her first students when she is a big, bad famous yogi. 

Saturday: Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon @ 9:47 + 20 minutes yoga | Our daily weather checks leading up to the race showed all-day rain on race day (of course it was flanked by two beautiful days...of course it was, right?) and despite our finger-crossing, that didn't change by race morning. It was one of the wettest races I've ever run and the post-race organization was quite the letdown (understatement of the year but that's not what we're talking about right now), BUT it wasn't all bad. I really enjoyed the course a lot (what I could see through the rain and cloud cover, anyway), Alyssa had a crazy PR, and Kristen did amazingly well considering she had to make a pit stop at a medic tent  at mile 10 (she'll tell you she did horribly, but I'm telling you I am fairly confident wouldn't have made it to the finish line if I had been in her shoes - let's just say I've run a half in the time she finished without hanging out at the medic's tent). Considering that nothing about that race was exactly ideal, I think we more than earned our medals!

We also earned the Chinese and pizza deliveries to our hotel and the 2-hour nap that happened after. At least we made sure to get in some more yoga before our food comas.

Sunday: Rest day | This was my 4th day of traveling/last 4 of out 18+ hours spent in the car this week, so another not exactly restful rest day. Instead of getting in any exercise, we slept way late and eventually rolled out of bed to check out of the hotel to meet up with Carly for brunch in Georgetown before heading home.

Running: 23.02 miles
Cycling: 0 miles (what is a bike again?)
Strength: 1 workout/30 minutes
Yoga: 40 minutes

No big pits/peaks this week, except for the obvious: getting to run at the beach (peak), getting to run with Kristen and Alyssa (peak), the abysmal weather at Rock n Roll (pit).

And now...it's marathon week. Any volunteers to push me across the finish line on Sunday? I might need it.

8 comments :

  1. Not sure I'll ever be able to thank you enough for racing with me and being with me over that finish line. Considering everything we were up against that day, it was still so awesome and I wouldn't have wanted anyone but you and Kristen with me through those miles and post-race shenanigans! Anyway, so glad you got your beach runs in and will spend all week sending you nothing but the best vibes for Shamrock!
    Also, favorite: It's down to 85% chance, so that means it probably won't rain tomorrow right? Right.

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  2. I'll be here virtually pushing you across the finish line Sunday! I'm so glad you ladies had fun this weekend!

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  3. Oh man, I'm so bummed race day was rainy and gross! And I hope Kirsten is ok! I hate running in the rain - I always get nasty blisters and my feet get so wet they feel like they're 100 pounds, so after just a few miles I usually quit. You girls sound like you rocked it anyway (pun intended) and a 9:47 pace is great even if the sun is shining!

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  4. So happy to hear about the good week of runs - the Tuesday run, the beach run and ultimately good race (in spite of the weather). So stoked that all three of you guys finished strong. Poor Kris and the medic though, I hope she's ok!

    Ill be sending all the good vibes the entire week for Shamrock. You got this!!

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  5. I'm glad to hear you all finished the half in what sounds like pretty amazing times! Yay!!!!!! Nice job, girl!

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  6. aw you made me cry a little. i definitely don't feel great about the race, but not dwelling on it.
    i love how optimistic we were about the rain, i feel like we were all like 'it won't rain, it won't be that bad'. oh good, it's down to 50%? haha. no. i'm almost ready to laugh about it all! we totally earned that pizza and chinese, and i totally thought we slept more than 2 hours haha! i ate all my cupcakes before my first flight.
    OMG Marathon week!!! I am so excited for you and can't wait to hear how you go - I am sure it will be awesome and amazing and you'll do fabulously. I will be crossing all my fingers and toes for you. Can we track you? or is that creepy, haha.
    I had a great weekend by the way, except for the miserableness afterwards of course.

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  7. So glad you got to do a blog hangout for the half marathon....

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  8. You guys for sure did freaking awesome at that race, all things considered!!! Good luck with your marathon! You are a beast!!!

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