Let Marathon Training Begin, Round 2!

Later this afternoon I will complete my first training run for the 2018 Chicago Marathon.  I’m incredibly excited about what lies ahead of me over the next 18 weeks as I prepare to run my second marathon.

In case you forgot or missed my announcement back in October, I will once again be running the Chicago Marathon with Team Ronald McDonald House Charities.  I’m incredibly excited about running with the team again, and doing so in memory of a childhood friend whose family greatly benefited from RMHC during her four year battle with cancer.  You can read more about Tammy’s story, as well as how to donate to RMHC, by visiting my fundraising page.

As I learned last summer, marathon training during the hot and humid summer months is anything but easy.  During her cancer treatments, Tammy refused to give up, and when training gets tough I will remind myself of why I’m running.  Running last year’s Chicago Marathon with Team RMHC made the training and race day journeys incredibly meaningful, and I couldn’t think of a better way to take on my second marathon, by doing so the same way that I ran my first marathon.

I had nothing but an incredible experience running with Team RMHC last year and cannot wait to run with the team again in 2018!

Another challenge that I will face during this round of marathon training is training while away from home.  We have a couple of trips planned for the summer, including a visit with my in-laws in New Jersey and my parents in Illinois.  I will also be accompanying my husband on a work trip to Miami in August.  While it is exciting to mix things up and run on my not usual routes, it will also require some extra planning to make sure that I can still get all of my training runs in while away and balancing my time with other activities.

Here’s to a great marathon training cycle, and being fully prepared for my second marathon in 18 weeks!

QOTD: What race(s) are you currently training for?

Thanks to Deb for hosting the Race Linkup.  Be sure to check out her post for more race ideas.

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Summer Bucket List

Happy first day of June!  The beginning of June is always very symbolic for me: it means that the end of the school year is in sight and that summer break is right around the corner.  Ever since becoming a mother, I look forward to summer break even more than I did prior to having a child.  Summer break means that I get to spend more time with my little man than I get to during the school year since he does not go to daycare when I am home for the summer.

Now that he is two and a half, I’m incredibly excited about what lies ahead for my little family this summer.  Earlier this week Jenn posted a Summer Bucket List on Facebook, which inspired me to work on putting one together myself.    There are so many things on my bucket list for little family this summer including:

1.  Going to a baseball game

Last summer we took little man to a minor league baseball game, which he loved.  He really enjoyed being able to run the bases after the game.  I want to take him to at least one, if not more than one, baseball game this year.

Running the bases after a minor league baseball game last August

2.  Meeting up with friends for play dates

Because what is not more fun than mommies and their kids meeting up for some fun together?!?

3.  Going to the beach

We have plans to make at least one day trip to the beach this summer.  Last summer little man had a blast on the one occasion that he got to play in the sand, and I’m sure he’ll have just as much fun, if not more fun, doing so again this year.

Playing in the sand in Ocean City, NJ last July

4.  Going to the pool

My child would live in the water if I would let him.  And what kind of summer would it be without at least a couple of visits to the pool?!?

5.  Going to the zoo

Like many little kids, my little man is obsessed with animals.  I have yet to take him to the National Zoo, and I’d like to change that this summer.

At the Philadelphia Zoo last July

Of course, these five things aren’t all that I am looking forward to doing with my little man this summer.  We have a jam packed calendar, and I cannot wait to make lots of great memories with him while I am on summer break.

QOTD: What is on your summer 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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June 2018 Goals

For the first time in at least a year and a half, I did not write out my monthly goals for this past month.  One of the many reasons that I share my goals here on the blog is because I find that it helps with my accountability.  I feel that if I share my goals publicly that I am more likely to follow through on reaching them.

This past month is certainly proof as to why it is important for me to verbalize my goals.  Being away for the first week of the month threw me off in multiple ways, including not being in my normal routine of reflecting on the previous month’s goals and then setting new monthly goals for myself.  With a lack of goals for the month of May, I found it incredibly difficult to stay focused on my bigger health and fitness goals for 2018, and I spent more time trying to talk myself into getting back on track than actually being on track.  Not setting specific goals for the month backfired, and now I feel like I need to undo several bad habits that I let myself get into during the month of May.

My focus for the month of June will be on setting the refresh button and not letting any excuses get in my way of doing so.

1.  Log at least 100 miles.

I am currently very behind track when it comes to reaching my 2018 mileage goal of 1,200 miles.  As of last night, my current mileage total for May is a mere 50.2 miles, and my 2018 total is 418.0 miles.  I have a lot of work to do to get back on track towards 1,200 miles for the year, but logging at least 100 miles in June will put me in the right direction.  I have just under 70 miles of running on my training calendar, and I’m sure that with focus and dedication I can easily log another 30 miles between the elliptical and walking.

2.  Lose at least 2 pounds.

Unfortunately, being out of a routine and being incredibly unfocused led to me gaining weight this past month.  I need to get back on track with my weight loss goal for the year.

3.  Work out at least five days per week.

With Chicago Marathon training starting on Monday, at least three days each week will be dedicated to running.  In addition to running, I also need to focus on cross and strength training in order to help prevent injury.  Cross and strength training will be increasingly important as the miles increase this summer during my marathon training.

4.  Weight train at least two days per week.

Even though I dread weight training, I know that it is incredibly important and very beneficial for multiple reasons.  I need to be better about consistently incorporating it into my workout routine.

QOTD: What are your goals for June?

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2018 Loudoun Half Marathon Recap

One month ago yesterday I ran my first goal race of 2018, the Loudoun Half Marathon.  Having run this race last year, I know that the course for this half marathon is anything but easy.  It features rolling hills throughout, but nothing that is unmanageable or that I am unfamiliar with here in Northern Virginia.  I was excited to run the course again after having run a fairly strong race last year.  After completing a strong training cycle, I was excited for what was to come on race day.

Despite being well prepared, as well as the weather being ideal for racing (it was in the high 40s and low 50s during the race, and there was almost zero wind), it just wasn’t my day.  I know that I put forth my best effort throughout the entire race, and because I did so I am not disappointed in myself.

Race morning started off with me leaving the house around 5:30 a.m.  I pulled into the parking lot of the local high school where the race started and finished at just after 6:00, and within five minutes of parking returned to the car with my race bib and shirt.  I sat in the car for awhile, finishing my breakfast and staying warm.  Around 6:40 I left the warmth of the car to use the bathroom, and then made my way to the start line.

The race started on the street in front of the high school.  With right around 550 people running this race, the start area wasn’t crowded at all, and I easily found a spot to stand while I waited for the race to start.  At 7:00, the “Star Spangled Banner” was sung, and at 7:02 I crossed the start line.

Just after crossing the start line
Photo Credit: Potomac River Running

Since I had trained using 4:15/0:45 run/walk intervals that’s what I had planned to run throughout the entire race.  I had to skip the first walk interval due to usual beginning of a race crowding, but by the time of my second planned walk interval the crowd had thinned out enough and I had found myself running in a very comfortable rhythm.  I continued to feel strong during the early miles of the race, which weaved through neighborhood streets.

Splits for Miles 1-4:
10:30, 10:47, 10:48, 10:51

Just prior to the mile 4 marker, the course took runners onto a portion of the W&OD Trail, which is a pedestrian and bike trail that runs throughout Northern Virginia.  The trail featured the flattest miles of the course, and I knew that I needed to not push myself too hard if I wanted to be able to continue running a strong race after exiting the trail.  Although my pace slowed slightly during the trail portion of the race, I continued to remain optimistic about my ability to run a strong 13.1 miles that morning.

It was an absolutely beautiful morning to run a race

Splits for Miles 5-7:
10:53, 11:00, 11:11

Despite my best efforts, I began to lose momentum after exiting the trail just past the mile 7 marker.  As the rolling hills intensified, my pace slowed down more and more.  Although I never had to take extra walk breaks, it was clear looking at my splits that I really struggled with my endurance during the second half of the race.  The further that I ran, the the heavier that my legs felt, and the more it became clear that it just was not my day to run a strong race.  I did my best to focus on remaining positive and simply doing the best that I could.

Running up one of the many hills on the course

Still smiling during the second half of the race despite how slow my pace became
Photo Credit: Potomac River Running

Splits for Miles 8-13.25:
11:17, 11:40, 11:37, 11:55, 12:37, 12:12, 2:42 (last 0.25 miles)

The closer that I got to the finish line on the high school track, the more that I wanted to push myself with the small amount of gas left in the tank to finish right around two and a half hours.  My official finish time was exactly 2:30:00 (11:27 pace), and according to my Garmin I ran 13.25 miles (11:19 pace).  Although this wound up being one of my slowest half marathons ever, I didn’t give up despite how challenging running that morning wound up being for me.

Photo Credit: Potomac River Running

Upon crossing the finish line, I received my medal as well as an insulated lunch bag filled with snacks.  I also received a bottle of water and a bottle of Gatorade.  I took advantage of the free stretching offered by a local physical therapy company.  It felt incredible to have somebody help stretch me out after a challenging morning of running.

Celebrating having finished my 16th half marathon

Having fun at the photo booth at the finish line
Photo Credit: Inova Healthcare

Overall, it was another great local race.  For only a $55 registration fee, I felt like I got more than my money’s worth: lots of aid along the course with a total of seven water and fuel stops, and a well staffed start and finish line area with with easy and convenient day of packet pick up as well as more than enough food and entertainment at the finish line.  There were also free race photos.  Just because it wasn’t my day for racing had no bearing on my opinion of this well organized local race.  I know that this was a challenging course, and although it took its toll on me last month that does not mean that I will never run this race again.  In fact, it is already on my radar for 2019, as I am determined to show this course what I am capable of.

QOTD: How do you motivate yourself to keep moving forward during a difficult race?

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Friday Five – Potpourri v. 22

Happy Friday everybody!  If your schedule has been like mine lately, it has been jam packed and you’ve been constantly on the go.  It seems like this happens every Spring.  Part of me enjoys the thrill of being as busy as I have been, but another part of me wishes that things would slow down just a tad.

With how busy everything has been lately, I thought that it would be appropriate to do a Potpourri post today.  Its been quite awhile since I’ve written one (since September to be exact).  Here’s a glimpse at what has been going on in my little corner of the world lately.

1.  Yesterday, my AP World students took their AP exam.  We have spent the entire school year preparing for this one test.  I’m incredibly proud of their hard work, and I cannot wait to receive their scores in July.

2.  The end of the school year busyness continues today with my Honors World History students scheduled to take their state exam.  After today’s test, the focus in my classroom will shift to end of the year projects for the last month of the school year.

3.  My parents fly into town today.  It has been since March when little man and I last saw them (we spent Spring Break visiting them in Illinois), and although my dad was in town for work in early March, it has been since December when my mom and husband last saw each other.  We’re all looking forward to sharing a couple of days together.

Little man ran into Grammie and Papa’s arms after getting off the plane in Illinois back in March

4.  Since getting off track with my fitness during our trip to Disney, I’m excited to report that I’ve gotten back on track this week.  I ran on Sunday and Wednesday, did cross and weight training at the gym on Tuesday, and last night did lower body strength training.  I must say, its easy to stay focused when you have a cute little coach. 🙂

My little coach helped me count reps during last night’s lower body workout

5.  My break from being “in training” for a race will come to an end in just two short weeks.  During the first week of June I will kick off marathon training.  I’m excited about running Chicago again in October and to once again run in memory of a childhood friend whose life was cut short by cancer.  Not only am I once again running in her memory, but I will also be running again this year with Team Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Its an incredible organization, and I’m honored to be a part of the team again.

I had nothing but an incredible experience running the Chicago Marathon with Team RMHC last year and cannot wait to run with the team again in 2018!

QOTD: What is one thing that is currently going on in your little corner of the world?

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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Let’s Catch Up, the Disney Wedding Edition!

My apologizes for the radio silence over the past two weeks.  As I’m sure you can imagine, life has been incredibly busy lately.  While in the past I would have stressed over not having had the time to sit down and write, I’ve been reminding myself that there are much more important things in life than being able to blog.

So what’s been keeping me so busy over the past two weeks?  If you follow me on Instagram and/or Twitter then you know that we were at Disney World starting the last weekend of April.  In total, we spent nine days at Disney for a very special occasion: my sister-in-law’s wedding.  It had been her lifelong dream to get married at Disney World, and last Saturday that dream became a reality.  Over the course of the week there were several wedding events, including a girls’ tea at the Grand Floridian, a family dinner at Citricos for the bride and groom’s immediate families, and a private Illuminations dessert party for all of the wedding guests on Isle de France, the terrace in front of France at Epcot.

Little man getting his hair cut for the wedding at the Harmony Barber Shop at Magic Kingdom

The delicious spread during girls’ tea

With all of my in-laws during our photo shoot with Mickey at Magic Kingdom

At the rehearsal lunch at The Attic at the Boardwalk Resort

During the dessert party at Epcot

The highlight of the week was of course the wedding itself.  The ceremony took place at the wedding pavilion at the Grand Floridian, and the reception was held in The Living Seas Salon at Epcot.  The day was incredibly magical, and the rumors are in fact true: weddings at Disney are quite the event.  Every detail is planned out by the wedding planner, and the wedding day itself truly runs like clockwork.  Although at times it felt a bit odd to be dressed in a long, formal dress at Disney, especially when we were escorted through Epcot to the reception when the park was still open, it was a truly beautiful day, complete with two VIP guests making a brief appearance during the reception.

The bride and groom during wedding photos at The Grand Floridian

Ready for the wedding!

Everybody on the dance floor with Mickey and Minnie

During our time at Disney I only got to run once, but it was on my favorite trail to run on at Disney: the New Balance Trail that runs through the Grand Floridian and Polynesian resorts.  I always love running early in the morning with the Magic Kingdom as my backdrop.

During my one and only run at Disney

Since returning from Disney late last Sunday night, things at our house have been incredibly busy.  I spent the majority of the week at work playing catch up after having a sub in my classroom for five days.  I walked into my classroom Monday morning very overwhelmed by the high stacks of paper and the lengthy note from my sub that I found on and surrounding my desk.  Although I’m not fully caught up at school yet, I didn’t feel as overwhelmed by my to do list at the end of the day on Friday as I did Monday morning.  Here at home, our suitcases are still sitting open in the basement, with only half of the laundry done, but I know that it’ll all eventually get done.

This past week Preston finished up the Spring semester of grad school, and we’re both thankful that he has a couple of weeks off before his summer class starts.  Friday afternoon I attended “Muffins with Mom” at little man’s daycare.  My little family spent Saturday working on our front and backyards, both weeding and planting fresh plants and flowers.  And then on Sunday we spent the day together as a family and had a low key Mother’s Day, though I did give myself a “present” of a solo four mile run during little man’s nap.

Yay for four solo miles on a beautiful Spring afternoon

So that’s a little bit of what’s been going on in my world over the past couple of weeks.  My little family has been quite busy, and fitness has slipped from being one of my top priorities.  I know that just because I’m not currently officially training for a race doesn’t mean that I should let my fitness slide, and I’m looking forward to refocusing and getting back on track this week.  I didn’t meet some of my April goals, and although I never put any goals into writing for this month (I’ll blame being away and out of my normal routine at the beginning of the month), I want to spend the rest of May refocusing on my fitness, especially since I’ll be starting marathon training in just a couple of short weeks.

One last thing: during our first full day at Disney a blog reader approached me at Magic Kingdom and asked me if I was “From Dancing to Running.”  I was caught completely off guard, was focused on little man and getting to breakfast at Crystal Palace, and didn’t respond properly.  To the reader who stopped to say “hi”, my apologizes for not being able to talk longer and for my abrupt departure.  If I came across as rude, that wasn’t my intention whatsoever.

QOTD: Let’s catch up, what has been going on in your life over the past couple of weeks?t

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Gift Ideas for the Fit Mom

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Its hard to believe, but Mother’s Day is just over two weeks away.  If you’re still on the hunt for an idea for a gift to get that Fit Mom in your life, then consider some of the ideas below.

1.  AfterShokz Headphones

Every mother enjoys those few moments of peace and quiet to focus on themselves, and the Fit Mom especially enjoys being able to carve out time to exercise.  If the Fit Mom in your life enjoys listening to music, watching movies, listening to Podcasts, whatever it might be that involves audio while working out, then a great pair of headphones is a must.  Ever since I received my AfterShokz headphones, I haven’t used any other headphones during my workouts.  They are wireless, connect to a device via Bluetooth, and have incredible sound quality.  My headphones are 1.5 years old and the sound quality is just as great today as it was when I first received them.

I love how comfortable AfterShokz headphones are, no matter if I’m running a 5k or a marathon or a distance in between

2.  iTunes Gift Card

Any Mom who enjoys listening to music will appreciate receiving an iTunes gift card.  Its always nice to take a break from listening to the children’s preferred entertainment, especially while working out.

3.  Garmin Forerunner 235

I still have an old school Garmin Forerunner 10, but once it dies I have my eyes set on upgrading to something a bit fancier, like the Garmin Forerunner 235.  I like that this upgraded model features live tracking, so that my family and friends can not only track me for safety reasons during my training runs, but during races they can offer me words of encouragement along the way.

4.  Bosu Exercise Ball

At home workouts are usually a frequent occurrence for Fit Moms, especially those with young children.  One of my favorite pieces of fitness equipment that I have at home is my Bosu Exercise Ball.  There are so many different ways that it can be used.  My favorite is to sit on it and do sit ups in order to get a great ab workout in.

5.  Philosophy Amazing Grace Bath and Shower Gel

Every mother enjoys those few moments of peace and quiet in the shower.  Post workout, I enjoy washing away the sweat while using Philosophy Amazing Grace Bath and Shower Gel.  The subtle scent is quite relaxing and soothing, especially after a difficult workout.

QOTD: What is on your Fit Mom wish 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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Loudoun Half Marathon Training Log – Week 8

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter, then you already know that yesterday’s race didn’t go as I had hoped.  I didn’t give up during the race, despite how challenging the race wound up being for me.  Although I was initially disappointed mid-race as I watched my chance of reaching my goals slip away, I still crossed the finish line with a big smile on my face.  I hadn’t given up on a difficult day of running, and for me yesterday, that was a huge accomplishment.

Still smiling despite it being a difficult race for me

Like recent weeks have been, the week leading up to race day was also a very busy one.

Monday, April 16th

After work I made it to the gym from cross and weight training.  I spent 40 minutes on the elliptical followed by 30 minutes of full body weight training.

Tuesday, April 17th

Despite Tuesday being a very long day, it was still a very productive day.  My alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. so that I could get an early start on some grading (end of the quarter grades were due at school last week).

After a full day at school, I still made it a priority to get my run in.  Even though I was tired and would have rather curled up on the couch under a blanket, I still laced up my running shoes and headed out the door for what wound up being a fairly strong run.

I’m so happy that I didn’t give into the temptation to skip my run

Wednesday, April 18th

After a very long Tuesday, I more than earned my mid week rest day.

Thursday, April 19th

Despite desperately wanting to run outside, the wind was blowing at 25-30 mph when I left school, so I headed to the gym instead.  I was a very sweaty mess after my 5 mile run on the treadmill, which I followed up with a 0.75 miles walk.

I was one sweaty mess after Thursday’s treadmill run

Friday, April 20th

Eager to get in another cross and strength training workout, I headed back to the gym after work.  I spent 40 minutes on the elliptical and then did 30 minutes of full body weight training.

Saturday, April 21st

In addition to knowing how important it was to take a rest day the day before my big race, I was also at school before 7:30 a.m. to proctor a practice AP exam for my AP students.  It was a very long and busy morning.  I then spent the afternoon doing errands and chores at home.

Sunday, April 22nd

As I already shared, race day wound up being not what I had hoped for.  A full race recap will be coming soon.

Total Weekly Mileage – 30.66 miles (11.31 miles more than week 7

Total Loudoun Half Mileage – 171.87 miles

QOTD: How do you encourage yourself to keep moving forward during a challenging run or workout?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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My Goals for Sunday’s Loudoun Half Marathon

Today marks just four days until my next race, and my first goal race of 2018, the Loudoun Half Marathon.  I ran this race for the first time last year, and immediately fell in love with the race for a number of reasons, including that it is put on by Potomac River Running (a local running store, whose races are always incredibly well organized), and that the course for the race isn’t an incredibly challenging one.  Although the course has rolling hills (in our area of Northern Virginia its near impossible to avoid running on hills), a couple of miles of the race are on a local trail, which is incredibly flat while also very scenic.

Running on the W&OD Trail during last year’s race

I went into my Loudoun training with high hopes of being able to push myself to a half marathon PR.  Although I haven’t been able to push myself to run the faster paces that I’d hope to be back to running at this point, that doesn’t mean that I won’t be giving it my all on Sunday morning.  As of now, the weather forecast looks great: in the low to mid 40s during the race and very low winds.  I’m incredibly thankful to see the lack of wind in the forecast, given that I’ve had to battle high winds during several of my recent outdoor runs.

As I usually do for goal races, I’ll be running on Sunday with three goals in the back of my mind:

Goal A – Finish the race in under 2:15:42 (10:22 pace) – This is my current half marathon PR, which I set back in September 2016.  Although I know that this finish time is a far reach given my average pace during my recent long runs, I want to push myself and see what I’m able to accomplish.

Goal B – Finish the race in under 2:16:02 (10:23 pace) – This was my finish time at last year’s Loudoun Half.  Again, I’m not sure that this goal is very realistic, but we’ll see what happens.

Goal C – Finish the race in under 2:24:13 (11:00 pace) – This is the finish time/pace that I think is most realistic given my recent long training runs.

My fingers and toes are crossed that the current forecast for Sunday remains as it is.  Not having to run in the wind will certainly help me to be able to push myself towards those A and B goals.

QOTD: When you set goals for yourself, do you focus on pushing yourself, being realistic, or a combination of the two?

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Loudoun Half Marathon Training Log – Week 7

After a productive week of training to kick off April, I was determined to carry that momentum into the second week of the month.  Despite it being a very busy week at school, I was able to follow through on my fitness goals for the week.

Monday, April 9th

Between a busy day at school, an after school chiropractor appointment, and needing to run errands after my appointment, I needed to take a “rest” day from training.  I simply didn’t have enough hours in the day.

Tuesday, April 10th

After school I headed straight to the gym and got in a great workout, which consisted of a 4 mile run on the treadmill followed by 35 minutes of full body weight training.

Feeling great after another strong run

Wednesday, April 11th

Although I had planned to go the gym again after work, after having a very stressful day at school I opted to go home instead in order to be able to spend extra time with little man.  I still exercised, as I completed a 3 mile walk to and from daycare, and then spent additional time outside playing on the playground with little man.  Seeing his big smile on his face as we played together validated my decision to skip the gym that evening.

Thursday, April 12th

Despite the 20+ mph wind, I decided to brave the elements in order to soak in the beautiful 75 degree evening.  It was definitely a tough run, especially trying to counter the wind when it was at its highest that evening.  After my run I walked another 1.5 miles, and even my walk was challenging when it came to battling against the wind.

The wind was absolutely ridiculous last week.

Friday, April 13th

I took my usual day before a long run rest day.

Saturday, April 14th

Saturday’s weather was…..interesting.  By early afternoon it was in the mid-80s.  Summer running has never bothered me, so after little man went down for his afternoon nap I still headed out the door for my run.  What made the run incredibly challenging, and resulted in a lot of extra walk breaks for me, was another day of 20+ mph wind.  This was not the long run that I wanted to have just one week out from race day, but I can’t control the weather.  The most important thing is that I did not give up.

Last week’s long run was one of the most physically challenging runs that I’ve had in awhile. Running in the wind is brutal!

Sunday, April 15th

I finished out the week with 25 minutes of lower body and abdominal strength training.

Total Weekly Mileage – 19.35 miles (4.23 miles less than week 6)

Total Loudoun Half Mileage – 141.21 miles

QOTD: How do you handle running in high wind?  Any tips/suggestions for running in the wind?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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