Race week. Tapering brings out all the feels. So does finding out that someone hit your car over the weekend and neglected to leave a note. So some, okay a lot, of my energy during the week was taken up by dealing with getting my car fixed (the damage turned out to be cosmetic,… Continue Reading Richmond Week 20: The Big Dance
Tapering. Yes. 34.8 miles this week. After the last several weeks of 50+ miles, this week was a piece of cake, at least when it came to the legs. As for the rest, it was in like a lamb and out like a lion (Yes, I know it’s usually the other way around). Sometimes, I’m… Continue Reading Richmond Week 19: Taper Madness
Here I was thinking that this was week 17, and I’ve thought that all week long. But it’s actually been week 18. Counting has never been my strong suit . . . We’ll start off the recap with something that I’m excited about: as of today, 28 October 2017, I’ve run the year (In layman’s terms,… Continue Reading Richmond Week 18: Or, Taper Week 1
Week 16. This was the last of the heavy-lifting weeks of this training cycle. I ran 63 miles, some of them fast. I’m not sure why this image came up when I searched for “16,” but it spoke to me. I’m not sure whether this bird is about to take off or just settling in… Continue Reading Richmond Week 17: Take it to the Limit, One More Time
One more heavy week and then we start to cut back a little. This week was intense, and that’s a good thing, I think. After Sunday’s twofer in what I can only describe as The Suck that is summer-weather in October, it didn’t really get easier. Monday’s run was mercifully short–“only” 6 miles, but the… Continue Reading Richmond Week 16: Friday the 13th & #ThisIs45
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
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
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
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.
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.