For the first time yesterday in several weeks, I was able to run outside. Granted, it was race day for the St. Patrick’s Day Double, but during the races it was either snowing, sleeting, or raining. At least I was able to run on cleared roads as opposed to the sidewalks and trails near our house which are still completely covered in snow and ice.
Later this week I’ll recap the races in full. Saturday evening there was some uncertainty as to whether or not the races would still be held because of the Winter Weather Advisory that we were under. Fortunately, the freezing rain held off and ice didn’t start accumulating until early afternoon. Although the course was a bit slippery, especially during the second half of the 10k, I’m so glad that the races weren’t canceled altogether.
Jenny from Run Jenny Run and I ran the entire 5k together, and we also started the 10k together. In case you missed it on Social Media yesterday, I PRed the 10k by 10 seconds!
A couple of us joked around on Twitter yesterday that Jenny and I were completely crazy to still run yesterday’s races. A number of other DC area bloggers had planned to run it, but decided to stay home given the weather. However, yesterday’s PR has me wondering how much faster I could have been had the weather been better. I’m now in search of more 10ks in the coming weeks and months so that I can see just how much faster I’ve become.
As for the rest of the week, I kept up with most of my planned workouts. This coming week is my last major week of Shamrock training. I have my last set of back to back runs planned for next weekend, when I’ll be running 5 miles on Saturday and then completing my longest run ever on Sunday – 14 miles! Hopefully the weather will become a little nicer so that I don’t have to set a new PDR on the treadmill.
Mon 2/23 – Rest day
Tues 2/24 – 3.15 mile run on the treadmill, 0.40 mile cool down walk, kettlebell squat swings, abs, glutes
Wed 2/25 – Rest day
Thurs 2/26 – 4.00 mile run on the treadmill, 0.49 mile cool down walk, glutes, legs, abs, arms, chest
Fri 2/27 – Rest day
Sat 2/28 – 1.30 mile walk around the neighborhood with Riley
Sun 3/1 – St. Patrick’s Day Doube (5k followed by 10k)
Total Weekly Mileage – 18.64 miles (8.49 miles less than week 14)
Total Shamrock Training Mileage – 214.48 miles
QOTD: Have you ever been crazy enough to run a race in less than ideal weather conditions?