Bird camp week. That meant that my training plan needed to be a bit more flexible because the GPS is less accurate in the North Carolina mountains, and we were a lot higher in elevation than I’m used to in Spartanburg. The week started off with eight easy recovery miles on the heels of the… Continue Reading Richmond Week 15: Now My Heart Is Full
Richmond Week 14: Wheels Up
I can’t tell you how relieved I am this evening. I have finally had a really good week of running, my first in a while. Maybe my first since Victoria in June. Let me clarify: I’ve had some “Not Terrible” weeks since June, but summer in South Carolina renders much else pretty much impossible. Amsterdam… Continue Reading Richmond Week 14: Wheels Up
Richmond Week 13: Working My Way Back
Are we there yet? No. But we’re getting there. Week 13 out of 20, and this week was a pretty good one. My hip is still cranky, but it’s a little bit better than it was. I found a couple of stretches in yoga class that seem to get into the spot that is at… Continue Reading Richmond Week 13: Working My Way Back
Richmond Week 12: Two Steps Back, One Step Forward.
Week 12. It was a bit of a rough week, but I think it ended up okay. I hope it did. I took a few days off after my long run in Williamsport. I was worried about my hip, which has been getting cranky from time to time at the end of hard workouts, and… Continue Reading Richmond Week 12: Two Steps Back, One Step Forward.
Warming Up. And Melting Down. Or Richmond Week 11.
I usually try to post positive things about my running. But today sucked. And it sucked hard. I’m in Pennsylvania this weekend for a wedding. I was supposed to run an easy 6 today and a hard 16 tomorrow, but since tomorrow is a travel day, I swapped. This isn’t the first time, and it… Continue Reading Warming Up. And Melting Down. Or Richmond Week 11.
Richmond Week 10: Back to School
Week Ten was hard. I didn’t really expect it to be hard. That was probably naive of me. Classes started this week, so there are suddenly many, many more demands on my time and attention than there were even a week ago. This shift isn’t a new thing. I’m entering my eleventh year at Converse,… Continue Reading Richmond Week 10: Back to School
Richmond Week 9: Total Eclipse
Week 9 was a hard week. It opened with a solar eclipse, which I had traveled to Columbia to view in its totality. I wasn’t sure whether I should make the trip give the looming semester and the hectic week before, but YOLO. I got up early Monday morning, and it was still really hot.… Continue Reading Richmond Week 9: Total Eclipse
Richmond: Week 8, Welcome (back) to Swelterville
Week 8 required more flexibility with my training schedule. I flew back from Amsterdam on Tuesday, and the trip took 20+ hours from the time that I left my hotel room at the Amsterdam Renaissance until I unlocked my front door. Most of that time was spent sitting or waiting, or sitting and waiting. But… Continue Reading Richmond: Week 8, Welcome (back) to Swelterville
Richmond Week 7: Amsterdam
A work trip forced me to take my training on the road this week. I went to Amsterdam for a conference, and that required me to make some adjustments and be a bit flexible. But it was also a wonderful opportunity to get out of the heat and swelter of the South Carolina summer and… Continue Reading Richmond Week 7: Amsterdam
Richmond: Week 6
Week Six got slightly lost in the shuffle because I’ve been traveling, so I’m going to try to be brief here. But I don’t want to lose all momentum in this process of blogging my training. This week was not quite as hot as week 5, but the humidity was still a factor. It ws… Continue Reading Richmond: Week 6