Warming up @beantraders after a chilly run
This Thanksgiving weekend has been a pretty fantastic one full of family time, delicious food, running, and plenty of relaxing. I am choosing not to think about work/school tomorrow.
I slept in until 8:30 (!) this morning then went for a 6 mile run. My legs are still pretty sore from the race and yesterday’s 10 miler, so today’s run was just leisurely. It was perfect weather - sunny, mid 40s. I saw my trail buddy so we chatted for a bit.
Linus and I made a tasty brunch of skillet potatoes, black beans, onions, red peppers and corn with poached eggs. Then we watched some movie from 1990 starring Sean Penn. I’m not sure why we did that. I guess that’s what happens when you get 5 channels.
This afternoon we took Max to the Eno for a hike. Forrest, rocks, mud, and a river - Max’s version of heaven.
Linus had the brilliant idea to stop for frozen custard on the way home. Perfection.
We had carrot ginger soup and fancy grilled cheese for dinner. Currently Max is sleeping next to me, Linus is watching football, and our Christmas candle has made the house smell like pine.
Monday will be here soon enough and bring with it all of the routine stress of school and work. But for now things are pretty perfect and I’m very thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
Post Race. What’s happening with the back of my hair?
This morning LOG and I ran the 8k Gallop and Gorge. I’ve done this run for the past few years, but this was the first time Linus has done it - and actually his 2nd race.
I was hoping to run under 40 minutes, since last year I ran just over that and I feel like I’ve been steadily improving. Linus was hoping to not die.
We both accomplished our missions! I finished in 38:20 and Linus is sitting here beside me, living and breathing! Actually, he did incredibly well, finishing the hilly (and very cold) course in 42:15.
Mile 1 - 7:36 I started out really fast, but I didn’t want to get stuck in the crowd
Mile 2 - 7:47
Mile 3 - 7:59
Mile 4 - 7:43
Mile 5 - 7:31
Overall Time: 38:20, 7:41 pace, 9th in my age group
I’m pretty pleased with that! When I got tired I tried to be thankful that I can run - and I also tried to thank the volunteers! It was so cold this morning and I was running. They must have been freezing.
It felt so good to see Linus cross the finish line looking strong. He really is the best (swoon).
Special thanks to my BCTC friends for hanging out with me (how rude of you all to win stuff without me though - I thought you’d be carrying me), Allie for my beautiful hair accessory, and my father-in-law for braving the cold and cheering for us.
I’m off to check on my apple pie before we head over to my mother-in-law’s. I hope you’re having a wonderful day!
Ready for the oven!
Who else ran a turkey trot?
Oh dear. I can feel the sniffles coming. And the sore throat. And the stuffy ears. I’m hoping it’s just that I need a long hot shower, some comfy sweats, and a big bowl of Moroccan chickpea stew (my go-to sniffles food).
I had planned on running at lunch, but it’s cold and rainy in North Carolina and a lunch time soaking followed by sitting in said wet clothes for the remainder of the day seemed silly. Bad weather for running, but excellent weather for comfort food.
I was lame today and bailed on my 6:15 run (and coffee date) with friends. I haven’t been sleeping well lately and just needed the extra hour. So that meant a lonely - and very chilly - 5 miler at 7 am.
I actually like running in cold weather, but it was 25 degrees out. Yikes. On the plus side, I ran faster to keep warm and get to the coffee…even though it was coffee from home and not delicious Bean Traders.
Mile 1 - 8:20
Mile 2 - 8:02
Mile 3 - 7:40
Mile 4 - 7:34
Mile 5 - 7:26
Pace: 7:47 - cold weather, FTW!
This run put my new Nike Element Shield jacket to the test! I’ll do another post about it (I know - wait with baited breath), but so far I am loving it.
Do you brave the elements or run indoors?
Sometimes when I’m feeling down I just need to climb into bed w good reading material @ZabarsIsNYC @runnersworld
It’s been really nice to ease back into running after the marathon - I don’t think I’ve hit more than 30 miles in a week. But now that it’s been a few weeks, I can’t help but start to plan out my next races…
My first urge post-marathon was to (of course) want to sign up for another marathon immediately. Luckily, I gave it some thought (and have wise friends), and I know that’s not a good idea right now. Plus, I think that Linus is pretty happy without the alarm going off at 4:30 am 3x/week.
I’m currently signed up for the Rock n Roll Raleigh marathon in April, but honestly, I’m just not excited about it. I know it will be hilly and I’m not a huge fan of Raleigh (sorry). This might sound obnoxious, but I don’t want to put in 16-18 weeks of hard training on a race I can’t PR at (at last for now). I just don’t think it’s worthwhile to spend all the time and energy of a training plan on a race you’re not excited about. So I may drop to the half.
What I really want to do is…try to qualify for Boston. I know, how original. I still have a good chunk of time to take off (about 25 minutes), but I never thought I’d be in a position to even think about qualifying, so why not go for it? It’s going to take a lot of work, and I want to choose my races wisely.
Gallop and Gorge 8k on Thanksgiving - LOG is doing it too!! He will most likely beat me…sigh.
Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon, March - This is supposed to be a flat, fast course perfect for a new half PR. I want to know what I’m capable of. Can I run a half in the 1:40-somethings?
Baystate Marathon, Lowell, MA, October - Also a flat, fast course and near my parents. Not sure if I’ll be ready, but maybe a good place to try and go for a BQ?
So that’s what I’m thinking. The plan until then involves plenty of strength training and easing back into speed work and higher mileage.
Any good BQ recommendations or fun upcoming races?