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15 Miles? Success!

After so many bad runs after bad runs, blaming on our ridiculous hot and humid weather, but secretly fearing it was me (ok, maybe not so secretly), I was not looking forward to running the 15 miles last Saturday.  Heck, if I couldn’t even run 14, why the heck did I even think I could run 15??

Turns out that the weather WAS to blame.  Can you hear the sigh of relief?

Saturday, it was meant to be on the high-80’s (versus low-100’s we had last week), and at 6am it was 72 degrees (while last Saturday it had been 88 at that time).  It was even a bit chilly while waiting around for all the other runners to get there.

Amazing how much of a crowd has been coming out on these Saturday runs.  A month ago, our frequency had dropped to about half a dozen people because of the heat, now we’re having twenty people showing up for these incredibly early runs.  A month ago, most people coming were running 60 minutes, now everyone is cranking up the high miles.

Our run started at the Roosevelt Island, and we went over the Key Bridge to the Capital Crescent Trail.  The CCT is pretty boring, all you see is trees and trees and trees, with an occasional sight of the Potomac early on.  But there’s shade, and after so much horrible heat, running on the shade sounded like the best thing ever.  (Of course, there were clouds when we got started so the shade made no difference — but I was thankful for it at the end of the run.)

I ran with Kristy, who had run with me on Wednesday and is training for a half marathon, and Karl tagged along as well.  Kristy didn’t plan on running the whole thing, so Karl stayed with us for support after she started walking.

So how did the run go?  We went further than I’ve ever been on the CCT, well into Maryland (yay, I ran through VA, DC and MD in one run!).  We had two pee breaks, one refill-the-water break and the rest we were running non-stop.  No breaks for drinking water, no breaks for eating Gu, just running.  I kept the pace pretty slow, hovering on the 12 min/mile mark, to make sure we wouldn’t tire ourselves out.  Kristy completed her first half-marathon distance and walked the rest.

For some reason, I got a second wind on the last five or so miles and ran most of it between 10 and 11 min/miles.  I finished it all with a 11:44 average pace and a smile on my face.  I could have gone longer.  I could have run another 3 miles if I needed to.  I was tired (specially since I pushed myself on those last miles — yay for negative splits!), but I wasn’t exhausted like I’ve been lately after these runs.

Of course, this weather is not staying put, and it’s back to the high 90’s later this week.

But for the first time in weeks I’m finally thinking that I might be able to run this marathon after all…

Today I’m a bit sore, but in a good way.  I also have my first massage ever scheduled for tonight…  And I’m starting it all with a deep tissue massage, which I heard is more painful than relaxing.  Hopefully that will get rid of some of the tightness of my muscles!

Have you had a deep tissue massage before?  Any tips?


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Marathon Training Week 5

Last week my runs were interesting…  Thursday I ran to work, completing short of 4 miles, then ran back to Pentagon City after work with Lindsay (yay for the company!), with a little less than 7 miles done for the day.

The run with Lindsay?  It was hot, sweaty and we were both having such a hard time.  You’d think the company would have helped, but it seems that on that day it made no difference, we were both miserable.

Saturday, I was ready for my 12 miler with Margaret!  I hadn’t run with her in so long and was really looking forward to it!  I wake up super early, and to my surprise it was pouring rain outside (it hadn’t rained in a while around these parts…).  After a few texts and phone call, we decided to try it again on Sunday.  10 people of the group still came out and ran while it was pouring!

Sunday, again I woke up super early, and out we went for our run.  Hugi, who hadn’t run with me in ages, came out to run a bit with us too (she’s supposed to be training for the marine corps marathon, and her last run was with me a few weeks ago — oops!).  Hugi did great, and ran 8 miles — her longest run yet.  Margaret and I finished the whole 12 miler, but I was struggling.  It wasn’t as hot, but it was muggy, and I was just tired and sleep deprived.

After that?  My friend Nikki came over and we lounged most of the afternoon at the pool.  I approached a random neighbor who was doing laps to see if she wanted to do laps with me during the week (did I mention when I first moved to DC I was swimming laps 5 times a week?  And then I dropped it because of the time conflict with volleyball and haven’t swam since?).  All I need is someone to keep me accountable and meet up with me.  She was up for it, so tomorrow after work we’re meeting up at the pool!  I dug out my one piece, my goggles, my swim cap and modeled them for Karl (who said “I didn’t know your head was so pointy”  Pfft).

Tomorrow?  My plan is to run home from work, then swim a few laps.  I’m giddy with excitement.  I bet my conditioning sucks right now, but I could certainly also use the arm toning (after all, I have to fit into that dress soon…) and the cross training!


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So much for my Run Commuting that was meant to happen today!  The weather is absolutely miserable, so Hugi made other plans.  Of course, I’m not hardcore enough to brave the rain for an hour on my own.

We will try it again tomorrow…  Unless, of course, inspiration strikes and I get myself out there on my own when I leave work tonight.  But that?  Is highly unlikely…  Maybe if I had brought some music to drown out the sound of the rain, I would seriously consider it.

Saturday, I had my last “long” run before the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler.  Since Karl is not running because of his bum knee, I thought I had to make it out on my own.  I went prepared with my ipod, even loaded it up with new music, but Lindsay, who also runs my pace, came out.  I hadn’t seen her since the Army Ten Miler, so that was a nice surprise!  (Plus she said it looks like I lost weight — flattery while running?  Awesomeness!)

We had about ten people coming out.  We parked near Roosevelt Island, then took the Key Bridge to the Capital Crescent Trail.  I haven’t been there since January, and it was a nice change of pace.  There’s not much on the way of scenery going on there, so it can get quite boring at times, but it’s one of my favorite spots during the summer, as it’s the only trail around here with full shade!

The 8 mile run felt easy.  It also helps that it’s a very gradual uphill on the way out, and very gradual downhill on the way back.  You don’t really feel it, but it’s exactly what you need when you turn back around!

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