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Kicking off Friday on the Right Foot

Good morning! I’m feeling good this morning – it’s Friday, it’s not –10 degrees (mid 30’s = heat wave), and I dragged myself out of bed this morning for a run and was rewarded with this view. As always, SO worth it, both for the view and of course for how great getting in a morning run makes me feel for the rest of the day.

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My friend Sokphal and I have settled into a nice little Friday morning run date routine and it was great to see her again this morning! She had 10 miles on the docket for marathon training; I was aiming for about 6, so she planned to fill in the extra miles after. At 6:30 a.m. we met up, ready to go!

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It was a clear and not at all windy morning, so we decided to do a nice out and back run along the water on the Mt. Vernon Trail, which would give us nice views of the rising sun.

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The run flew by as we chatted away. Man, running buddies are the best. :) Blurry action shots:

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Before I knew it we had turned back and were conquering the hill of death. That hill always sucks, but it’s a little better with a buddy huffing and puffing by your side. :)

Splits:

  • Mile 1: 8:22 (downhill)
  • Mile 2: 8:23
  • Mile 3: 8:34
  • Mile 4: 8:37
  • Mile 5: 8:51
  • Mile 6: 9:07 (uphill)

Great run! 6 miles with an average pace of 8:39 minute/miles.

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As for my weekly workout recap, here it is!

  • Saturday: 18 mile LA Marathon training run
  • Sunday: 1 hour yoga class @ Edge Yoga – I tried a new (to me) class, the 9 a.m. Yoga 1 taught by Rebecca, and I LOVED it. You guys know I really love Mark’s classes, but Rebecca was great too! Since it was a Yoga 1 class it was a little slower and less intense, but still a great flow/stretch. Perfect for what I was in the mood for post long run!
  • Monday: 35 minute swim (alternating breaststroke/freestyle/backstroke) – swimming feels sooo good on tired running legs.
  • Tuesday: Rest day
  • Wednesday: Freezing rain meant I took my workout indoors: 4 mile treadmill run + plank burner from Gina that’s part of the Winter Shape Up
  • Thursday: Tried out a new 1 hour strength & conditioning class they started offering at NOVA MMA as part of the women’s kickboxing program – it’s basically a cross between CrossFit and boot camp – more weights focused but not involving Olympic lifting. I loved it! My arms are definitely sore today!
  • Friday: This 6 mile run :)

I’ve got a 16 miler on the docket tomorrow for LA Marathon training. Hoping to make it a good one, even though the weather is looking rather vile (snow again – boo)!

Have a great weekend, my friends, and if you’re participating in the Winter Shape Up, be sure to check back later today – I’ll be sharing links to the week 3 meal plan + grocery lists soon on the main WSU landing page! Gina and I have been LOVING seeing all your #WinterShapeUp updates on social media and in our private Winter Shape Up Facebook group – please keep them coming! You guys are inspiring. :)

Comments

  1. 1

    That view makes the morning run so worth it!!!

  2. 2

    That’s my backyard!!! Next time, I will crash your running party ; )

  3. 4

    Nice week of training, awesome run this morning jealous of that amazing view! Have a great training run tomorrow, hope the weather isn’t too bad for you!

  4. 5

    I’m over snow ruining my long runs! Great week!

  5. 6

    Way to go!

  6. 7

    Yikes that’s still pretty darn chilly! We’re hitting 5 celcius now here and with the gale force winds and rain..it feels more like -5! Have an awesome weekend! Good luck with the run tomorrow!

  7. 8

    I would definitely get up for those views! BEAUTIFUL!

  8. 9

    Awesome shots! Gorgeous!

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    Jenny Paxton says:

    I did a 10 miler at about the same time this morning, just along the Rock Creek Park path and Memorial Bridge instead of Mt. Vernon. Thought the same about the views and weather :)

  10. 12

    Beautiful views! Don’t you love that the sun is coming up earlier now?! And I totally feel you on the temperatures–now that it’s above 20, it does feel like a heat wave!

  11. 14

    I admire that you get up and run so early but do agree that its a great way to start the day. Running in the dark / sun coming up is not my thing, I’m scared to fall… hope your long run is great!

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    Roadrunner says:

    Well done! Great pace, great vistas, great company!

  13. 16

    Your running posts always make me happy… I remember the runner’s high I would get- nothing beats it! It’s been a long time but I plan to get back into it again. Thanks for the encouragement :)

  14. 18

    I’m loving the earlier sunrises! Makes it a little easier to get up in the morning and run :)

  15. 19

    You are totally rocking your runs!!! :) Love looking at the photos…so pretty!

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