Morning friends! As you guys know, I ran the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon a few weeks ago. I’ve been keeping things pretty low key on the running front ever since – the first week because I was super sore, and the following weeks because I just wasn’t feeling it. Runs stayed short, on the slower side, and involved a fair amount of walking breaks, and I enjoyed doing more ClassPass classes and sleeping in/resting more days than usual, too.
But earlier this week, I was finally feeling ready to get back into training. My legs were rested and ready to go, and I was itching to get in a speed workout. The track is tough, but it’s also kind of addictive – running really hard and challenging yourself feels good in a weird way. So yesterday morning at 6:30 a.m., I found myself back at the track for the first time since early June.
I signed up to do another couple months with my track group, and since Washington & Lee High School track is under construction and closed for the summer, we’re meeting at Yorktown High School’s track for the meantime instead. It was actually kind of nice to mix it up – still a track, but at least the scenery was a little different. 🙂
Our workout yesterday was a tough one – at a 5k pace (hard/fast), we did a ladder/pyramid workout: 400 (one lap around track), then rest briefly, then an 800, rest, then 1200, rest, 1600 (4 laps aka 1 mile), rest, then an 800. Some of the others came all the way back down the ladder, but the coaches had me and a few others who are just back (or just raced) do a lower key version. Still so tough! My face was the reddest tomato ever. (My watch below does not include the breaks in between sets, or the 1 mile warm up jog and half mile cool down jog I did).
I applied to be on the team (read more about the other bloggers I’ll be running with on the Cabot Fit Team page) to have the opportunity to run the race again this year and was accepted. I can’t wait! Race day is August 1st, so I’ll be spending that weekend up in beautiful Maine. Fingers crossed for a sunny race day this year!
I know how coveted bibs for the B2B 10k are so I’m extremely honored to have the opportunity to run it again. I’m hoping to race it and set a new PR – the one from 2 years ago is still my 10k PR (48:54 – average pace 7:53 min/miles), and considering I just did the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler this spring at a faster pace than that, I’m hoping I can crush it. We’ll see!
ALSO – my track coaches (who will also be in the Outer Banks next week for vacation, coincidentally) told me that there is a fun weekly 5k race series in the Outer Banks each summer. I’m thinking about signing up for next week’s, the Lighthouse 5k. It’s on Wednesday and starts at 8 a.m. up in Corolla. Have any of you done it before? 🙂 I haven’t raced a 5k in AGES – I think it would be a fun challenge!
And now, back to work with my favorite furry coworker. 🙂
Have a great day, my friends! I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun cocktail recipe you won’t want to miss!
What are you training for right now? Any fun races coming up?