1. I was a no call, no show to my first race of 2012. Like many local DC/NoVA runners, I had registered for the Love the Run You’re With 5K. I ran this race last year, had a great time and was really looking forward to possibly setting a new 5K PR. Unfortunately, the weather did not want to cooperate.
I will be the first to admit that I won’t run in really cold or really hot weather because it pretty much ruins the fun I’m supposed to be having while pounding the pavement. Call me a wimp if you must – I’m just telling you like it is. However, reading the numerous race reports makes me feel a little bit sorry I didn’t suck it up and run on Sunday. To make up for it, I promptly registered for another Pacers race – 4 Courts 4 Miler on March 10. To further incentivize myself to run, I purchased these to wear on race day. It is a St. Patrick’s Day themed race after all.
2. Last night I knocked out my weekly track workout, and my hips and back are really hating me for it today. I ran a total of 5 miles with a 1 mile warm-up, 3 x 1600m with 400m recovery and a half mile cool down. The 1600′s were done at my race pace of 8:00 minute/mile. I nailed my pace, and I honestly felt as though I could go faster – always a good thing! For my second and third repeats, I managed to kick up the pace during the final 400 meters running around 7:40. Following the workout, I did my time with the foam roller working out my piriformis, quads, IT bands, hamstrings and calves. This morning I woke up stiff and sore. My back and hips were especially cranky. I don’t know if this pain is psychosomatic because I started seeing a PT or if I’m just more aware of my body since I had the consult last week. Either way my body is not happy, and I’m really looking forward to starting my PT sessions tomorrow so I can put these aches and pains behind me.
3. This weekend the Spectathlete and I are moving into a new house further out in the Virginia suburbs. We currently live in the world’s smallest house, and it was definitely time to move into a larger space. With three bikes, countless Rubbermaid tubs full of workout gear, foam rollers, yoga mats and my endless supply of water bottles, we need a spare room just store our gear. While it will be strange living further from DC, I’m excited about exploring new running and cycling routes in my neighborhood. Shaking up one’s normal routine is always good, and it keeps you from getting stuck in a rut. We’re moving on Saturday, so if anyone wants to help us move furniture I can assure you we won’t turn you down! And if anyone has recommendations for routes in the Springfield area – don’t be shy about dropping me a comment!