I’ve got a whole lotta updates to share. The writer in me is not going to like this, but I’m just going to have to do a great big info dump to play catch up on all that’s happened in the last few days — and for that, I’m sorry (that apology is mostly to my writerly self who likes to post more thought out essays; she’ll get over it).
And away we go:
1. On Sunday, I ran my first race of 2013, the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run in Washington, D.C. I ran with four friends — two who actually started in a different wave, so I didn’t get to see them on the course; and two who started in my wave, who I ran with for the bulk of the race. The day was sunny with crisp temps, and my only complaint was that when the wind hit us head on along a 3-mile stretch along the Potomac — around mile 6.5 — it made for one bad, slow mile for me. I may have muttered to my friend something to the effect of “This headwind is breaking my spirit,” but we were able to giggle about it after I said it. Really, I just needed to suck it up and get through it, which I did, and turned the corner to the last 2-mile stretch, where onlookers offered beer and cheers (I said yes to the cheers; no to the beers), and the wind blew into my back. Whew. I feel like we tackled the course aggressively (for me, at least) on miles 1-6 and I felt a little sluggish from 6-10. I’m looking for ways to sustain the energy and pace throughout. I had a GU around mile 6, but generally just felt like I didn’t stay strong after mile 6. No matter, I finished in 1:35:39. Not bad, but I definitely want to speed things up for my half marathon in November. I had a wonderful time in D.C. with my friends. We had wonderful weather, enjoyed great pre- and post-race meals, and I’m happy with the weekend. After doing this race for the second year, I recommend it to anyone. In a nutshell, it’s big, it’s jam-packed with runners, but the course is beautiful — and we even saw a few cherry blossoms. Can’t wait to see if they are all out next year.
2. Food log. After having a really bad recovery from last week’s 10-mile training — and just overdoing it that day in general without properly refueling — I am going to log my food for the next several posts. I’m doing this with fellow daily runner, blogger and Englishman (sadly, no bowler hat, though) Brendon Birch from Nottingham, U.K. Be sure to check out his blog because he’s set an impressive goal to run 3000k this year to help raise money for the Karen Green Foundation, which supports research and treatments to help fight leukaemia and cancers of the blood. Go, Brendon! He had similar food woes, so we’re posting our daily eats to help each other out — and to see what kind of advice we get in the process. So far, I’ve noticed that he’s much better at getting in protein, but he’s also mentioned eating something called Mange Tout. This piqued my interest in what cultural divides we might discover in logging this info together. However, Wikipedia has shed a little light on the fact that this is a snow pea. Good to know. Here are my meals for Monday and Tuesday:
OK, go! Critique away. Too carby? Too dependant on bacon? Too much fat? Let me hear it…
3. Day 100! It’s here. It’s big. My blogging partners and I have been Making It Daily for 100 days — and it feels good. It feels good to be writing regularly, running consistently, and just trying to push myself to do a little more each month. To improve. To stay committed. To remain focused. To fix what’s broken or not working.
What does Day 100 mean to you?
4. My mileage to date. I’m going to take it easy for a few days. My calf was bothering me again some, but felt great for race day. I think the culprit is shoe related, but I’m running out those post race kinks, so maybe tonight or Thursday I’ll tackle 3-4 miles.