Friday Five – Potpourri v. 19

This has been one of those weeks where there was a lot going on, and I have a lot of exciting updates to share!

1.  After my disappointing race on Saturday at Rock ‘n’ Roll DC, I’ve started to collect my thoughts and reflect on what went well with my training and on race day and where I can make improvements.  Since the weather odds were stacked against me on Saturday, and I put in a lot of hard work with my training, I want to run a redemption race this Spring.  After much consideration, I’ve decided to run the Loudoun Half Marathon on April 23rd.  With the race just over five weeks away, my focus will be on maintaining the strength and endurance that I developed during my RnRDC training.

2.  Yesterday was my 4 year runiversary.  Last year on my runiversary I took a big walk down memory lane.  Over the past year, I’ve run four half marathons, two 10ks, and two 5ks.  While this was significantly fewer races than in previous years, I focused on running quality races while balancing spending my time with my family.

Preston and I crossing the finish line at Wine and Dine back in November, which was by far my favorite race from the past year
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3.  Despite the cold, windy, snowy, and icy weather that we’ve been dealing with here in Northern Virginia, I couldn’t let my runiversary go by without going for a run.  Winter running is not my thing, and I’m more than ready for Spring to arrive and stay for good.

4.  Other than yesterday being my runiversary, it was also an exciting day because I bought our plane tickets to Chicago for the Chicago Marathon!  Its hard to believe how quickly the year is already flying by, and that before we know it we’ll be flying to Chicago for my first marathon!

5.  Not only did I register for the Loudoun Half this week, but I also registered for ZOOMA Annapolis in June.  This will be the last half marathon that I run before I officially start marathon training.  I had a blast running ZOOMA last year and can’t wait for this year’s race weekend.  (And want to join me, either in person or virtually?  Use discount code KATHRYN2017 to save 10% off of your race registration.)

QOTD: What exciting news do you have to share this week?

I’m linking up for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  Many thanks to the wonderful ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for hosting!

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2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Recap

Disclaimer: As a Rock ‘n’ Blogger I received a complimentary global tour pass, which I used for entry into this race.  As always, all opinions are my own.

This was my third time running Rock ‘n’ Roll DC, so I knew what to expect in terms of the hilly course.  Just because I was familiar with the course did not automatically make for an easy race day experience.  In fact, I had quite the opposite during Saturday’s race, mainly driven by how cold and windy it was during the race.

Race weekend started out on Friday when I drove to the D.C. Armory where the expo was held.  After standing in the security line for about five minutes, I was inside the armory.  There were virtually no lines anywhere, and I walked right up to pick up my bib.  I browsed the official merchandise, wasn’t impressed with this year’s selection, and then walked the expo floor.  The only two things that caught my eye were the new lineup of new heavy medals and the large RnRDC medal backdrop.  I was in and out of the expo in less than an hour.

Because the start time of the half marathon was pushed back from previous years to 8:30 a.m. due to Metro Safetrack construction, I was able to sleep in until 5:30.  Yes, that is actually sleeping in for me, as my alarm goes off at 4:45 each morning for work.  I was on the road by 6:30, and drove to RFK Stadium since I had purchased a parking pass to park at the finish line.  After parking I took the Metro downtown to the Smithsonian station, quickly dropped off my gear bag, and found a set of porta potties with almost no line.  I then met up with Cynthia, and we chatted as we walked towards the corrals and the start line.  We parted ways as she headed to Corral 5, and I met up with Chelsea in our corral, Corral 10.  It was nice to be able to chat with her for a bit as we slowly made our way towards the start line.

Prerace with Chelsea and Cynthia

My plan for this race was to use 4:15/0:45 intervals, as that was the run/walk interval that I used for all of my long runs during this training cycle.  Despite how cold it was (the wind chill was in the teens), I tried my best to stay warm and keep moving forward.  I had done a good job of layering (I wore a short sleeve shirt, long sleeve half zip, and a thermal vest, in addition to a hat and gloves), but I’ve never been a fan of cold weather running, and absolutely hate being cold.  Between trying to warm up, and the thrill of the start of the race, I was able to maintain a strong pace early on in the race, and was quite pleased with the splits that I ran during the early miles of the race.  After running down Constitution Avenue, I was disappointed to see that the course had been slightly altered.  Instead of the usual out and back on Memorial Bridge, the course instead had a new out and back portion near the Watergate Complex before entering Rock Creek Park.  I much prefer the older version of this course.

Splits for Miles 1-4:
10:17, 10:15, 10:07, 10:33

I always love running through Rock Creek Park.  Even though I know that running up Calvert Hill to exit the park is anything but easy, there’s something so peaceful about running through the park.  During this portion of the race I was entertained by several fellow runners who were dressed in interesting costumes, including somebody dressed in a full on panda bear costume, as well as a spectator dressed as Mr. Incredible.  Then at the foot of Calvert Hill was the start of the “Wear Blue” memorial.  This lineup of photos of fallen soldiers as well as service men and women, and volunteers, holding American flags, was quite inspiring, especially while running the toughest part of this course.  I thanked as many of the members of the military as I could, and although their presence was inspiring, I had to start walking about halfway up Calvert Hill.  I resumed running at the top of the hill.

Splits for Miles 5-7:
10:17, 10:26, 11:42

As I entered Adams Morgan just before the mile 7 marker, “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey came up on my playlist.  Not only did running through Adams Morgan bring back memories from my college days at American University, but hearing Journey always does the same thing.  It was just what I needed to hear to help me regain some of my momentum after completing a tough part of the race.  During the 8th mile the course went through Howard University, and the all women drum line was out helping motivate runners.  They are always one of my favorite parts of this race, and hearing their music helped give me an extra pep in my step as I continued on.

Splits for Miles 8-11:
10:24, 10:13, 10:01, 10:12

The closer that I got to the finish line, the more difficulty that I started having.  Throughout the race, I knew that I was on track to PR and reach at least my B goal.  However, the further that I ran, the more that the cold really started to get to me.  At one point, I had trouble feeling my legs and my face.  But I kept pushing forward and did my best to maintain my 4:15/0:45 intervals.

After passing the mile 11 marker, I texted Jenny, who I knew would be out cheering on 13th Street with Courtney.  As I neared them, I did my best to keep running with a smile on my face, but deep down I knew that I had to start walking.  I was feeling slightly lightheaded, but being as close to the finish line as I was I did not want to give up.  I walked much more during the last two miles of the race than I would have liked, but I just kept telling myself that I needed to keep moving forward.

Splits for Miles 12-13.37:
10:56, 11:17, 4:20 (last 0.37)

I crossed the finish line at 2:20:57 (10:46 pace), just over 5 minutes slower than my current half marathon PR.  To say I was disappointed is an understatement.  After putting in a lot of hard work over the past 10 weeks, I was so hopeful and optimistic that I would have a different outcome on race day.  I know that I cannot control the weather, but it was still a difficult pill to swallow.  Looking at my Garmin data makes me feel slightly better (I ran 13.37 miles in 2:21:00, a 10:33 pace, which is substantially closer to my C goal).

Trying to warm up post race

While I had hoped to stick around and meet up with a couple of fellow bloggers post race, I was just too cold to do so.  I was so happy that I had oped to park at the finish line, and was able to warm up in the comfort of my car before driving home instead of having to deal with being cold on the Metro.

I’m still processing what went right vs. wrong on race day.  But one thing is for certain: since I didn’t get a PR on Saturday I’m very eager to run another race this Spring in hopes of accomplishing that goal.

QOTD: Do you prefer running in cold or hot weather?

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Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Training Log – Week 10

Race day has come and gone.  If you follow me on social media then you already know that the race did not go as I had hoped that it would.  I’ll fully recap the race at a later time, but the cold air and wind really got the best of me.  That, coupled with the hilly course, made for a difficult morning of running.  I’m proud of myself for not giving up, but I would be lying if I didn’t say that I am disappointed that my hard work and training was not able to pay off on race day the way that I had hoped that it would.

As has been the usual lately, this past week was another busy one.

Monday, March 6th

Since both little man and I had an appointment after school with the chiropractor, it was a planned rest day.  By the time we got home, it was time to make dinner and start getting little man ready for bed.

Tuesday, March 7th

It was a rainy afternoon, but I didn’t let that stop me from getting one of my last training runs in.  No excuses during race week, right?  I ran based on feel and my splits were far from consistent (9:55, 9:23, 9:50, 9:35), but I’m okay with that.  I got the miles in and that’s all that mattered to me for a rainy afternoon.

Wednesday, March 8th

I had planned to head to the gym after work for cross and weight training, but Northern Virginia traffic had other plans for me.  Instead, I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather (it was sunny and in the mid-70s!) and walk to daycare to pick little man up.  He was just as happy as I was to enjoy the commute home outside in the beautiful weather.

Post daycare smile

Thursday, March 9th

Another sunny and 70 degree afternoon meant that I was able to wear shorts and a tank top for my last RnRDC training run.  Between the warm air and it being my last pre-race run, I decided to take it easy with my pace.  My splits were: 10:01, 9:50, 10:05, 9:54, 5:15 (last 0.55 miles).  I finished up my workout with 10 minutes of ab work.

Friday, March 10th

I spent my rest day heading to the expo after work to pick up my bib.  It took me over 90 minutes to drive home from the expo.  Have I mentioned before how much I hate DC traffic?!?

Saturday, March 11th

Like I already said, race day did not go as I had hoped it would.  According to my Garmin I ran 13.37 miles, which was the result of a crowded course and lots of weaving.  Full race recap to come soon!

Trying to warm up post race

Sunday, March 12th

My body was tired and I needed a rest day.  We also had a lot of errands and chores to take care of around the house.

Total Weekly Mileage – 25.07 miles (5.95 miles more than week 9)

Total RnRDC Mileage – 190.84 miles

QOTD: If you raced this weekend, how did you do?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Friday Five – Yay for RnRDC Weekend!

Thank goodness Friday is finally here!  Its been a bit of a long week at our house.  I didn’t share this until now for safety reasons, but Preston was in Florida for a business trip starting last Thursday.  It was hard to have him gone for a week, including over a weekend.  Although both my dad and father-in-law were here at different times in the week to help out with little man, nothing can replace having your husband and the father of your child at home.  We’re so glad that he is home!

At dinner last Saturday night with the grandfathers

Not only am I glad to have my husband back home, but I’m excited that it is Rock ‘n’ Roll DC weekend!

1.  I will be headed to the expo this afternoon to pick up my bib.  Although I don’t have any plans to meet up with anybody there, it will be a nice surprise if I do run into somebody.

2.  I am looking forward to seeing several familiar faces at the race tomorrow, including Cynthia, Janelle, Steff, and Chelsea.  I’m hoping to finally meet Chaitali in person.  And I’m very excited to see Courtney and Jenny cheering along the course.

With Cynthia and Mar before the start of last year’s race
Photo Credit: Cynthia from You Signed Up for What

3.  Due to Metro not opening until 7:00 a.m., the half marathon doesn’t start until 8:30.  It will be nice to not have to wake up as early as I usually do in order to make it to a race downtown.

4.  Since sharing my race goals on Wednesday, I’ve been questioning whether or not any of them will be achievable.  Although the chance of rain has disappeared from the forecast, it is looking like it will be an incredibly cold morning for a half marathon.  I don’t handle cold weather well, so I am assuming that I will be slowed down a bit tomorrow during the race.  I’m crossing my fingers that somehow the weathermen are wrong and that it won’t be as cold as they’re predicting, as I debate how many layers I should wear for the race.

It is going to be a cold morning for a half marathon!

5.  Despite how cold it is looking like it will be tomorrow morning for the race, I’m excited to kick off my 2017 racing year by running a hometown race.  I always love running in DC!

QOTD: Who else is running Rock ‘n’ Roll DC this weekend?

I’m linking up for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  Many thanks to the wonderful ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for hosting!

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My Goals for Saturday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon

My first race of 2017 is finally here.  On Saturday I’ll be running the streets of DC as I run Rock ‘n’ Roll DC for the third time.  I first ran this race back in 2014, only weeks after facing a major health issue.  I had to walk more of the race than I would have liked to.  Last year, I ran the first eight miles of the race as a training run for ZOOMA Annapolis, and then walked the rest of the race.

With my 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll DC medal

This year will be the first time that I’m actually able to “race” this race.  And I couldn’t be more excited about it.

The course for Rock ‘n’ Roll DC is far from an easy one.  It is quite hilly, the steepest hill being Calvert Hill just past the mile 6 marker.  But one of the things that I love about the RnRDC course is that it isn’t the cookie cutter DC half marathon course.  The course goes through both Rock Creek Park as well as Adams Morgan, in addition to several residential areas.  And the crowd support is always amazing.

The past ten weeks of training have been quite productive, and I have high expectations for what I will be able to accomplish on Saturday.  My three goals are:

Goal A – Finish the race in under 2:13:17 (10:10 pace)

Goal B – Finish the race in under 2:15:42 (10:22 pace), which is my current half marathon PR

Goal C – Finish the race in under 2:17:39 (10:30 pace)

I know that I have put in the hard work, and have run countless hills during my training.  I am a tad worried about the weather, and how that will impact my running.  The forecast seems to be changing every hour, so I’m crossing my fingers that there will not be any rain Saturday morning during the race.

Here’s to a great first race of 2017!

QOTD: Who else is racing this weekend?  What race are you running?

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Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Training Log – Week 9

After a couple of difficult weeks filled with illness and difficulty with keeping up with my training, this past week was so much more positive.  Not only did I fit in my three planned runs, but I also got to the gym twice for cross and weight training.  Yay!

Monday, February 27th

I ended a stressful day at work by heading out the door for my first run of the week.  Apparently running for stress relief was just what I needed, as my average pace was 9:15!  My splits were just as incredible: 9:43, 9:03, 9:07, 2:12 (last 0.25 miles).

Feeling great after a very strong run at the end of a stressful day

Feeling great after a very strong run at the end of a stressful day

Tuesday, February 28th

I had to stay at school late and when I got home I decided to play with my little man instead of doing strength training.  The smile on his face as we played with his toys together was well worth the unplanned rest day.

Wednesday, March 1st

I kicked off the first day of the new month with a visit to the gym, where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes doing a total body weight training session.

Thursday, March 2nd

My first run of March was a strong run.  Since I headed out for my run just before sunset, I felt the pressure to run as fast as I could in order to get back home before it got too dark outside.  And that motivation worked, as my average pace was 9:33 and my splits were 9:49, 9:17, 9:39, and 9:28.

I felt great at the end of my first run of March

I felt great at the end of my first run of March

Friday, March 3rd

Friday was a planned rest day.  I’m usually pretty good about following that part of my training plan 100%. 🙂

Saturday, March 4th

Unlike last Saturday when I wore shorts and a tank top for my long run, this week I had to bundle up and face below freezing temperatures for my last long run of RnRDC training.  Between it being taper time, and the cold air, I completed my run much faster than I initially anticipated that I would.  I felt great during the entire run, and maintained 4:15/0:45 run-walk intervals for the entire run.  My splits during my 6 mile run were: 9:55, 10:07, 10:01, 10:10, 9:56, 9:39.

Despite the cold air, I felt great during my last long run for this training cycle.

Despite the cold air, I felt great during my last long run for this training cycle

Sunday, March 5th

I headed back to the gym to close out the week with another 30 minutes on the elliptical and a 30 minute total body weight training session.  I left the gym sore, excited to be feeling the immediate effects of my workout.

Total Weekly Mileage – 19.12 miles (3.09 miles less than week 8)

Total RnRDC Mileage – 165.77 miles

QOTD: Do you try to run fast while tapering, or do you take things super easy during taper time?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Friday Five – Five Bucket List Rock ‘n’ Roll Races

Disclaimer: As a Rock ‘n’ Blogger I received a complimentary Global Tour Pass.  As always, all opinions are my own.

On Wednesday I received some exciting news in my inbox:

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That’s right, I’ve been invited to be a member of the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Blog team!  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my involvement with the team over the past two years and am looking forward to working with the group for a third year.

After receiving my e-mail, I immediately started dreaming about which Rock ‘n’ Roll races I’d love to run.  If time and money weren’t an issue, I’d love to run:

1.  Mexico City – March 19, 2017

I’ve been to Mexico City once, and that was on a Spanish class trip during my junior year of high school.  I’d love to have an excuse to go back and explore the city.

2.  Madrid – April 23, 2017

I’ve never been to Europe, visiting Spain is high on my Europe bucket list.  I love running in new to me areas, so planning a racecation in Europe sounds like a great idea.

3.  San Diego – June 4, 2017

We visited San Diego back in 2013 and loved the city.  I’d love to have an excuse to go back again.

4.  Savannah – November 5, 2017

I visited Savannah on a girls’ trip back in 2009, but just like with San Diego, would love to have an excuse to go back and explore the city some more.

5.  Las Vegas – November 12, 2017

Running the strip at night has been on my bucket list for awhile now.  Maybe somebody I can make running this race a reality.

Realistically, I probably won’t make it to any of these races in 2017.  (The only maybe is Savannah, but the stars would have to align to make that happen.)  So which Rock ‘n’ Roll races are possibilities for me this year?  Next Saturday I’m running Rock ‘n’ Roll DC.  The other two half marathons that are strong possibilities are Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach over Labor Day weekend and Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia on September 17.  Both of these races fall on weekends in my Chicago Marathon training calendar when I plan to run 20 milers, so if I run these races I’d also have to run extra miles those weekends.

Want to run any of the Rock ‘n’ Roll races this year?  Discount code RnB15 will save you $15 on many races.  Some exclusions do apply.

QOTD: Which Rock ‘n’ Roll destinations are on your bucket list?

I’m linking up for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  Many thanks to the wonderful ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for hosting!

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March 2017 Goals

Even with this past month being the shortest month of the year, and both little man and I getting sick again, I remained extra motivated and determined to make February a strong month.  I did my best to not let illness steer me too far off track, and though I did take some unplanned rest days, overall I had a great month and was very successful in working towards meeting my February goals.

feb-2017-goals

1.  Log at least 80 miles.

Grade: A

Even with getting sick and missing a couple of planned workouts, my February mileage total was 84 miles.  My January and February mileage combined puts me at 155.3 miles, or 16% of the way towards meeting my yearly goal of 1,000 miles.  I’m only slightly behind (just over 11 miles to be exact) of where I need to be in order to be completely on track for meeting my 2017 goal, and I have no doubt that I’ll be able to still reach my goal this year.

2.  Strength train at least twice per week.

Grade: B+

While I spent more time focusing on strength training last month than I did in January, I’d still like to have been able to spend more time on strength training than I did.

3.  Focus on self-care.

Grade: B

While I did make time for myself last month and tried my best to destress when I found my stress levels to be high, I could have tried to make even more time for myself.

As I shared last week, Spring is going to be an incredibly busy season for our family, and we have a lot on the calendar for March.  It’ll certainly be a juggling act to balance my work and personal life with my training life.  As always, I’ll be using my goals to help keep me focused and on track.

march-2017-goals

1.  Log at least 90 miles.

Since I met my February mileage goal it only seems natural to increase my goal for the coming month.  While I’m not sure that this goal is entirely realistic given that after I run Rock ‘n’ Roll DC in a week and a half I’ll be taking a short break from half marathon training and focusing more of my time on cross and strength training, I’m still ambitious and want to see what I’m able to accomplish.

2.  PR at Rock ‘n’ Roll DC.

Although I’ve battled being sick a couple of times while training for Rock ‘n’ Roll DC, I’ve overall had a very productive and successful training cycle.  Even though the course for Rock ‘n’ Roll DC is quite hilly, I’ve been doing a lot of my training runs on hilly routes and can’t wait to see what I’m made of on race day.

3.  Focus on cross and strength training post race.

After I run Rock ‘n’ Roll DC next Saturday, I plan to take a couple of weeks off from half marathon training.  During that time, I plan to focus less on running and more on cross and strength training.  Not only will it be a good physical break, but it’ll be a good mental break as well.

QOTD: What are your goals for March?

I’m linking up with Ange and Carmy for the Monthly Goals linkup.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Training Log – Week 8

Unfortunately, illness continued to be the theme this past week.  And when you’re sick, everything else in life is unfortunately affected.

Monday, February 20th

After struggling to complete Sunday’s 10k, my body was screaming for rest on Monday.  I felt miserable, and was so tired that I had to take a midday nap.  There was no working out for me on Monday.

Tuesday, February 21st

I was still coughing, and my congestion was also in full force.  It was another rest day for me.

Wednesday, February 22nd

I finally felt well enough to get outside for a walk.  Since the weather was incredibly unseasonable (the high was in the mid-60s), it would have been a crime to not get outside and enjoy the weather.  Preston and I took both little man and Riley for a family walk.  We all needed, and enjoyed, the fresh air.

Thursday, February 23rd

It was in the mid-70s when I left work.  Between the sunshine and the warm air, my body was screaming for a run, even though I still wasn’t feeling 100%.  Preston and I took little man out in the BOB stroller, and took turns pushing him during our run.  Since I was still fighting my cough, it was slow going, but boy did it feel good to get out and run in a tank top and shorts.  Our splits were: 10:37, 10:18, 10:35, 10:43, 2:54 (last 0.29 miles).

One happy mama and one happy little man on a 75 degree afternoon in February

One happy mama and one happy little man on a 75 degree afternoon in February

Friday, February 24th

Another 75 degree afternoon called for a walking commute to pick up little man from daycare.  Enjoying a 2.5 mile walk in the sunshine and warm air was just what I needed at the end of a long week of being sick.

Saturday, February 25th

I had 14 miles on tap for my last double digit training run before Rock ‘n’ Roll DC.  I headed out the door just before 9 a.m. knowing that I needed to beat an incoming thunderstorm.  Even though I was still dealing with my cough, and ran on a fairly hilly route, I felt strong during the first four miles of my run and ran strong splits: 10:29, 10:14, 10:24, 10:23.

Unfortunately, the wind really started to pick up around mile 4.5.  The wind, coupled with the hills, started to slow me down and I started to have a lot of difficulty the further that I ran.  I was able to maintain my 4:15/0:45 run/walk intervals until around 6.75 miles when I had to take a longer walk break.  My splits for miles 5-7 were 10:32, 10:53, 11:26.

I was never able to recover after that longer walk break, and found myself needing to walk more and more frequently.  At one point the wind started blowing at about 20 mph (according to The Weather Channel app) and I have no idea what some of the gusts were.  Between my chest congestion, the hills, and the wind, I became more and more defeated the further that I ran.  I texted my friend Kathleen on and off during the run, and while her texts were initially helping me to stay motivated to keep going, I decided at 12 miles that I just couldn’t fight anymore.  The further that I ran, the slower that I ran, and I just couldn’t fight anymore.  My splits for the last five miles were: 11:22, 11:07, 11:01, 12:34, 12:23.

I was so glad to be done with Saturday's run, even though I was disappointed that I cut it two miles short

I was so glad to be done with Saturday’s run, even though I was disappointed that I cut it two miles short

I’m so disappointed that I couldn’t finish the last two miles that I had planned.  I’m trying to not be too hard on myself, since I know that I’m prepared to run a half marathon in two weeks.  But its not like me to not finish my planned mileage.  What I do know is that I did the best that I could.

Sunday, February 26th

I finished out the week with a 15 minute strength training session, focusing on abs and lower body.

Total Weekly Mileage – 22.21 miles (3.18 miles more than week 7)

Total RnRDC Mileage – 146.65 miles

QOTD: How do you rebound from a physically and mentally challenging run?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Friday Five – Current Countdowns

March 1st is next week, which also means that Spring is right around the corner.  I cannot hide just how excited I am about the start of Spring.  Not only do I love Spring weather, but I also love that Spring is often jam packed with lots of fun activities, and this year certainly won’t be an exception.  There’s always so much to look forward to with the arrival of Spring.

I can’t wait for some of activities that are on our calendar this Spring.  Some of my current countdowns include:

1.  8 days until my dad arrives into town.  My dad is coming for a multipurpose trip, including to meet with clients, and we cannot wait to see him.

2.  15 days until Rock ‘n’ Roll DC.  My current training cycle has been flying by, and I cannot believe that I’m only two weeks away from running my 11th half marathon.  Still want to register?  Use code DANCINGTORUNNING to save $15 on your half or full marathon registration.

3.  28 days until we head to Illinois to visit my parents.  We’ll be spending a long weekend in Illinois for a big celebration, which I can’t wait to publicly share when I’m able to do so.

4.  43 days until we leave for Florida.  We’ll be on vacation for a week in Florida, spending the first half of the week on Treasure Island on the Gulf Coast, and the second half of the week at Disney.  Vacation cannot get here fast enough!

5.  99 days until ZOOMA Annapolis.  I still haven’t made a final decision as to whether I’ll be running the 10k or the half marathon.  But one thing is for certain: I had a blast during last year’s ZOOMA race weekend and I’m looking forward to an equally exciting race weekend this year.  Want to run ZOOMA Annapolis, or any other ZOOMA race this year?  Use code KATHRYN2017 to save 10% on your race registration.

After crossing the finish line at ZOOMA Annapolis last June

After crossing the finish line at ZOOMA Annapolis last June

QOTD: What Spring activities are you currently counting down to?

I’m linking up for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  Many thanks to the wonderful ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for hosting!

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