Seeing all of the Boston updates this afternoon makes my heart so full of running joy. We are very fortunate to be part of a sport that has so many good people and such solidarity and warmth. All the feels today.
Saturday I did a longish run to start prepping my legs for the half I have on May 18. I did 7 miles with hills at an 8:50 average pace. I’m building some hills into my long runs to prep for “hospitalization hill” that is at mile 11 of the Historic Half course.
I used to live in downtown Fredericksburg and ran the canal path many times. I would run by that hill and be like “lol forever what fool would run up that?”… yeah. Apparently it’s some sort of cute thing to make miles 10-12 all uphill. Literally. Look at this course map:
So that’ll be fun. My goal for this race is to enjoy it and stay at sub 9 miles. I’d also like to do those 2 uphill miles at a respectable pace and not feel like passing out when the race is over. It would be great to PR but I don’t think this is the course for it. You never know, though! I’m also looking forward to Wegman’s and refueling at Carl’s afterward. If you’re traveling to the ‘burg for this race, go to Carl’s for ice cream. Your mouth will do a happy dance and you can thank me later. It’s one of the top 5 things I miss about living in Fred.
Yesterday I did 4 miles on Belle Isle and the flatter river trails at an 8:20-8:30 something pace (I honestly don’t remember… my bad… yes I know I am the worst about running stats). This pace didn’t feel too hard and I like that running on uneven terrain around the river makes running on pavement and sidewalks feel so much easier. There is also plenty of shade so it will be nice to run there when it gets hot out.
Next weekend is the Carytown 10K. My goal for that race is to run it at my “goal” half marathon race pace, which going by my fall running should be about 8:15 to 8:20 minute miles. I’m going to tack on a warmup mile and 2 cool down miles to make that my long run for the weekend. I’ve never done this with a race so it’ll be different for me!
Yesterday we had storms and rain all day. It was nice because it drove down the pollen count, so I wasn’t scratching my eyeballs constantly. As many of you can probably sympathize, I try to avoid the treadmill whenever I can because it’s boring and I never feel like I run the same way on it. Not to knock it completely— I’m glad we have one for when it’s too dark/cold/etc. to run outside, but it’s not my favorite. Especially since I’ve exhausted all of my current binge watching options on Netflix. I just finished season 2 of New Girl and Schmidt has joined Chelsea’s Definitive List of Top 5 Sitcom Characters Ever.
I decided to run outside in the rain and did not regret this decision. It was probably low 60’s or so, which was a little chilly to start but wound up feeling nice as I got sweaty. As long as I don’t have an iPod or iPhone to ruin, running in the rain (when it’s warmer out) is one of my favorite things.
1. It’s never crowded out
2. It’s refreshing and makes me feel like a kid in a water park splash house
3. The smells—- I’m obsessed with sniffing the fresh air different times of the year (is that crazy?). In the spring, the smell of the wet earth, fresh cut grass, and blooming plants is intoxicating.
It’s also really nice to sit on the porch and listen to the rain come down. It was a little too cold to do this last night, but I’m so excited for spring and summer rain storms.
I wound up doing 4 miles at an 8:34 pace. This makes me a little concerned about the reality of a PR at the Carytown 10K, but I’m not really sweating it. I feel good about the PR I set at Monument and I am completely mindful that not every race can be a PR race.
What do you think about running in the rain?