Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Baseball field & back

April 2, 2014 - 

Quick shake out run before the rest of my night got started. Legs felt a little sore from yesterdays workout, but wanted to keep them moving before Sunday’s 5k! 

Busy Busy! 

1.22 miles —- 12:05 —- 9:52 pace per mile 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Track workout & some hill repeats

April 1, 2014 - 

Ran to the track while I waited for my laundry.  Threw in some 4x100m sprints while I was there, with 1 minute rest in between (without stopping my phone.)  Felt good, and fast!  It was a beautiful 57 degree afternoon!  I’m not used to running without a hat or a neck warmer pulled up to my eyes! Come on SPRING! 

2.61 miles —- 26:37 —- 10:13 pace per mile 

 Ran back to laundromat, collected some things, and headed home.  I then still felt like running, so I decided on some hill repeats while I was waiting for the dryer.  

Ran hill repeats (.08 miles) x 3, with a very slow pace going back downhill.  

0.42 miles —- 3:55 —- 9:20 pace per mile

Monday, March 24, 2014

One of those runs…

March 24, 2014 - 

One of those days where I felt like I really just needed to run.  Decided to take it slow, but ended up going at a decent pace, and felt absolutely amazing!  I love when that happens! :)

2.07 miles —- 18:58 —- 9:11 pace per mile 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Double run day! OH SNAP

March 18, 2014 - 

Nice 41 degrees this afternoon around 5pm.  Spring is on it’s way I think! Went for a run in my Oiselle Trials Hoodie & my Oiselle Lesley Tights.   Ran Sarah’s loop, and added a new section too.  I felt ok, but my calf was STILL unfortunately uncomfortable and painful from Sunday.  It actually seemed to hurt more when I walked, then when I ran. 

3.07 miles —- 29:13 —- 9:31 pace per mile 

Nathan came home around 6:30pm and was going out for a run so I decided to join him.  I really love running with him!  :)   This put me at double runs today..woo hoo! We ran to the park and around the baseball field again.  I should have brought my gloves though.  I wore the same thing that I wore when I ran earlier, but the temp dropped, and my hands were FREEZZZINGGGG! 

1.17 miles —- 11:19 —- 9:40 pace per mile 

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patricks day 1.11 miles

March 17, 2014 -

Happy St. Patricks Day!! 

Ran with Nathan around 4:30pm.  Ran up the hill, to the park, and around the baseball field.  We both wore matching hats! :)  

My right calf has been bothering me since last night… maybe my ski boot was too tight? The sun was out, but the temps were still chilly.  It felt good to run after skiing yesterday! 

1.11 miles —- 11:37 —- 10:29 pace per mile 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring Skiing at Stratton, VT!

March 16, 2014 - 

Experienced 6+ wonderful hours of skiing up at Stratton with my family, and had a great day!  It was my first time out this season and year, so I loved and enjoyed every minute of it! 

Even though Spring is on it’s way, Stratton had plenty of trails still open! Also it wasn’t too crowded, so we didn’t have to wait in the lines at all.  The sun was shining, and it was a little windy, but we stayed bundled up.  There were crystal blue skies, and some crunchy snow.  We even found some powder!  The sun was shining, and we stayed out til the lift closed.  It was great to be back in one of my favorite states, and in the mountains! 

 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The day I got my running partner back

March 11, 2014 - 

December was the last time Nathan and I ran together, and today we finally hit the streets around 4:30pm when he got home.  It was the best!  The weather was a nice 54 degrees.  

We ran into the park and around the baseball field.  We ended up puddle jumping on the way home.  It’s quite hard to avoid the puddles that are the size of the whole sidewalk! 

1.17 miles —- 12:16 —- 10:29 pace per mile 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Courthouse O’Putnam 5k - Race Recap

March 9, 2014 - 

Today was a big day! The sun was shining, and it was around 34 degrees, which is warmer than what it has been… so I’ll take it.  Today I ran my FIRST race of 2014 AND ran in a NEW age group! (um HELLO 30’s! You people are fast!) 

The 5k was called the Courthouse O’Putnam 5k, which was put on by the Hartford Marathon Foundation, named after The Courthouse, a bar and grille who sponsored the event, which is also in Putnam.  

http://www.hartfordmarathon.com/Events/Courthouse_O_Putnam_5K.htm

I signed up for this 5k a few weeks ago, when I was itching to race.  I feel that for the most part, Sunday races are hard to find (it seems like most races around me are on Saturdays), so when I saw this one in CT - only an hour away - and not too expensive, I decided to do it. 

One of the coolest things about this race is that they sent me my bib # IN THE MAIL. SNAIL MAIL.  I automatically thought this was the coolest thing ever, because… 

  1. this has never happened to me before
  2. It would save me time “checking in” on race morning
  3. … I love getting mail. 

I left home a little early, and took the backroads to Putnam, CT.  I got there early, like planned, because I didn’t want to stress about parking, finding the bathrooms, or even hoping to not get lost, seeing how I’ve never participated in this race before.  

Left my car in a huge public parking lot, and headed to find the bathrooms, and to check out the scene seeing how I had some time to kill.  I warmed up by running to the bathrooms.  On my way back, I stopped to get a free hat!  Instead of handing out shirts like other events to registered numbers, they were giving out cute St. Patricks Day themed beanies.  Of course I had to wear it!  Ran back to my car to take off some layers and get my stuff together.  What did I wear?  I wore my Oiselle Lesley Tights, a base layer long sleeve, my new Oiselle Flyte Long Sleeve (in FRESH GREEN of course - for the St. Patricks Day theme!) and my Oiselle team jersey!  I also threw on a green neck warmer, gloves, and the hat that they gave me for registering.  I ran back to the starting line, just as they were finishing up the kids fun run.  

The race started at 1:00pm.  It was actually the latest race I have ever ran in.  I had a slow beginning, because there were just so many people, of course, all dressed in green and in the St. Patricks Day spirit! There also seemed to be a lot of children too, which I thought was great.  

This 5k was a new to me course, so I had no idea what to expect.  There were some pretty tough hills (3 I think!!) and a headwind, which never helps anyone.  My legs felt good on the challenging course, but towards the end I somehow managed to come up with a side cramp.  I managed to breathe through it, and tried to push it home.  The finish line was also somewhat at an incline!  It felt amazing (like usual) when I crossed the finish line! 

I grabbed a water, and a fun medal, and watched some other finishers come in.

 I made my way to the beer tent, where I received a free pint (for runners!) and a half of a corned beef sandwich.  They both were delicious! 

I sat in the sun and relaxed for a little bit before heading back to Massachusetts.  This wasn’t my best 5k, but it also wasn’t my worst, and I am completely content and OK with that.  I was super happy to be out there and running, and gave it all I had.  All in all, it was a tough course, but it felt great, and it was also nice to run somewhere new. 

Results: 

3.2 miles —- 27:26 —- 8:34 pace per mile 

80th female/701 females

7th / 81 in age group (30-34F)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Magical 3 miler

March 5, 2014 - 

Went running around town when I got home from DAY #2 of ZUMBA! This was really the last class for this session.  

During the run I focused on my breathing.  It was REALLY cold.  I mean, like, one of those “pull your neck warmer up to your eyes” kinds of runs.

It did start snowing when I was halfway through it.  That was pretty magical.  

3.04 miles — 30:15 —- 9:57 pace per mile  

Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday miles - thoughts

March 3, 2014 - 

This 18 degree run was slightly better because the sun was out! 

Ran Sarah’s loop and felt ok. Right calf was starting to bother me towards the end.  

It’s nice that the sidewalks are starting to become clear now that the ice and snow are melting… but MAN! WHERE DID ALL THIS DOG POOP COME FROM?! 

2.45 miles —- 23:42 —- 9:40 pace per mile