I have to thank my roommate for making this run pleasant. I typically run the Mt.Vernon Trail along the Potomac River around Arlington & Alexandria VA. From where I start the path goes south 4.2 miles and then north about 4ish. It continues north but it ends up hitting some roads and I’m not a fan of traffic / stopping when I tackle long runs. The Theodore Roosevelt Island sits north about 4 miles on the Mt.Vernon trail – I have biked it once but never tried to run it. Leading up to the island is this awesome little bridge area that I love running so I should have listened right away when Amelia (roomie) told me to run around the island. I made a last minute decision and decided to do it when I hit the bridge.
I managed to take all of these pictures while running, I am really happy they actually come out! It slowed me down a little bit but speed wasn’t the goal for this run.
I have never trail run aside from my first Tough Mudder and this was WAY more enjoyable than the mudder. There were some muddy spots but for the most part I just had to pay attention to roots and rocks. I ran a little over 3 miles on the island and then 8 on the Mt.Vernon Trail.
I even ended up stumbling on the Theodore Roosevelt statue. I didn’t find this until right before leaving the island, it is in the middle and I had been running around the outside on trails and wooden bridges.
11 miles done and done! I am becoming very optimistic about PRing in March. My current time is 1:55 and I would love to do 1:45 but I will settle for 1:50. We shall see! I wasn’t pushing myself at all really on this run so I think I could definitely pull it off. My training plan has me running 13 miles a few times so hopefully the times for those practice runs will give me the confidence I need to kick some booty.
The AMRAP Refuel Bar I had before the run was perfect, I had plenty of energy the entire run, after was another story, I was starving. I mentioned earlier my kitchen has slim pickings right now and after this meal all I have left is about a third of an avocado. Grocery shopping is going to happen first thing in the morning!
Week 2: 27.7 Miles
||Crossfit / Stretching / Abs DONE|
|Tue||Jan 15||Easy Run||Dist: 3 Mi @ 8:35, Core, & Soccer DONE|
|Wed||Jan 16||XT||Crossfit / Stretching / Abs DONE|
||Dist: 6 Mi, inc Warm; 3×1600 in 8:03 w/800 jogs; Cool DONE|
|Fri||Jan 18||Easy Run||Dist: 2 Mi @ 9:20 & Shoulder / Core Demo DONE|
||Fountainhead Regional Park Hike – 5.7 miles DONE|
|Sun||Jan 20||Long Run||Dist: 11 Mi @ 9:28 DONE|
To take advantage of the long weekend the boy and I are headed to my cousins house to see my aunt and uncle and enjoy a fabulous dinner, then it is off to Ellie Goulding!!! I am soooo excited!!! I have been obsessed with her for what seems like forever. I am also beyond excited to have a home cooked meal. My aunt told me she was making steak, portobellos, a kale and pomegranate salad, and a slew of other things (tortellini, bread, beans) that every one else is going to adore.
Q: What is the last great concert you went to? (I went to see Florence and the Machine and they were amazing!!!)
Q: What is your longest solo run?
Categories: Half Marathon Training