Yes, I’ve been MIA lately. There is just so much going on in my life right now, that I haven’t had a spare second to sit down and write. But I have been training. Not only logging miles, but definitely getting faster! Thanks to my Nike+ watch (I know, I owe a post on that too), I’ve been able to gather more data about my runs, and I love data!
This past weekend, I met up with my Team in Training cohorts in Wakefield to do just over 6 miles – twice around Lake Quannapowitt. But before we headed out on our run, Whitney (of liverunloveyoga.com) lead us through a stretching clinic. While it isn’t quite the sequence that we went through, this one from Runner’s World is pretty close & some really great stretches. Whitney also added in Cow Face Pose, which felt amazing for my IT band. We also discussed the importance of a Stick and a foam roller.
Then it was out of our two laps around the lake. Danbo and I dedicated our first lap to the HAPPY 5k, and even stopped to take a photo at the 5k mark. The HAPPY 5k is the brainchild of Amanda (one of the other mentors) & Coach Laura, and is an amazing fundraiser for LLS. Added bonus – a glittery finishers medal. The best part about it all is that it is a virtual race, so anyone can sign up!
We stripped off some layers at my car, and then headed back out of another loop around the lake. I was thrilled when I had finished and had rocked it with an average pace of 10:14! I know I’m not winning any races with that pace, but compared to where I was a year ago, that’s speedy!
I continue to have some aches in my knee that show up around the 2 mile mark (and usually leave by the 3.5 mile), so I’ve been taking it pretty easy this week. With the GoRuck Challenge just a week away, I don’t want to risk injuring myself. But there’s 8 miles on the books for tomorrow, and I plan on getting it done!
See you on the roads!
As weekends go, this one has to be one of the best. Not for any special event, or milestone reached – it was just one of those really nice weekends that I got to relax and enjoy everything around me.
The weekend awesomeness started with the fact that I was pushing really hard to hit a fundraising goal I set for myself before the first practice, and with some very generous donations from friends, I was able to hit that number right before the end of the work day. It was the perfect start to the weekend. Then, the hubs and I went out for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, with two of our very close friends. Great company, wonderful food and yummy drinks were had by all. After dinner, we decided to stop at a cigar bar that was on our way home. I passed on a cigar, but it was a really nice way to end the evening.
Saturday morning, Danbo came over and we headed to our first Nike Women’s Half training at the LLS headquarters. It was really great to finally meet the other mentors and Coach Laura. I even found out that our LLS Coordinator, Whitney, has a running and yoga blog! (I’ve also added her to my blog roll for easy clicking access.) The TEAM had a great fundraising brainstorming session with a lot of new ideas being shared, and I was really excited to meet all the ladies in my mentee group. Read the rest of this entry »
Today was my first race of 2013, and I’m pleased to say that I started this year off right! The race was the 5k Resolution Run to Kick Cancer, and I was lucky to have Danbo running with me. Even luckier was that her husband came along so we had a chauffeur and a pack mule to hold our stuff while we ran.
It was a practically pancake-flat course, with my only issue being my new compression pants. This was their first time out on a run, and I’m not sure what I think of them yet. They kept slipping down, so I spent half the race hiking my pants up. I think is could remedy this but tying better knots in the drawstring, and wiggling into them better pre-race. Not sure yet. Still more experimenting to do with them.
The other really stupid thing I did was go to Bikram class with a friend yesterday, after not having gone for several months. My quads have never been tighter. But despite the pants and the yoga soreness, I finished in 32 minutes and change. Not my best 5k ever, but I’m not complaining since I’m still dusting off cobwebs (or so it seems) post-PT.
After the race, Danbo and her hubby decided that they wanted to register with Gift of Life (bone marrow registry . I would have, except I’m already registered, so no need! Then we swung by the Team In Training table. I just wanted to say goodbye to Katherine and grab a chapstick. We ended up chatting for a bit and one things lead to another, and Danbo ended up joining the Nike Women’s Half team with me!! Only downside – I now have to go the GoRuck Challenge with her. Ugh. I am not looking forward to that.
Of all the holiday festivities, one of the events that I was most looking forward to this year was the Ladies Night Out Run on December 15th. The run itself wasn’t anything special, just a 5k, but I made plans to do the event with two of my favorite running ladies – Jammer and Danbo. I’ve actually only ever done once run with Jammer, but she’s been my inspiration to continually push myself in running. We were roommates when she trained for and completed her first half, and she’s gone on to get a full (or two?) under her belt as well. On the other hand, Danbo and I have a few events together – Warrior Dash (which Jammer was actually at but we were in different heats), Hoppin Mad Mud Run and the Jingle Bell run. So I was excited to spend the day with these ladies, do an all-female run and top it off with wine and chocolate at the finish line.
We made plans to meet up for an early lunch in Newburyport – the quaint, sea-side town that the race was in. This was my first time in Newburyport, but I’ll definitely be going back. A charming, New England town that was full of character. I can only imagine how amazing this place would be in the summertime.
After our yummy lunch, we went to packet pick-up. I’ve raced with the production team that was putting on this event before (Devil’s Chase in 2011), but this was the first time for this exact race, so I had no expectations. The check-in process was simple enough, but was a bit bummed to find out that it was not a timed race. However, I was cheered up by the fact that I had registered earlier enough to get one of the promotional windbreakers (all three of us had – yay!). Read the rest of this entry »