I suppose I should rephrase that title. I’ve been running… some. But I haven’t been training… at all. The last couple weeks I’ve been feeling so great about my workouts. I’ve been enjoying them and pushing myself in new ways… making some really fun gains in the area of strength. But I haven’t been training. And I’m running a half marathon in two weeks!
You may recall that I was supposed to run the marathon but elected to drop down to the half when my knee injury started acting up halfway through training. I decided, at the time, it was best for my body to back off training. Apparently, I took that to mean I should stop training all together! I also didn’t have much to write about besides some fun treadmill speed sessions. There’s nothing particularly interesting about my 3 mile warm up to a strength training session or an easy 5 miler while watching the news. Hence… we haven’t been talking a lot of of running on Pennies ON THE RUN.
I’m really glad I’ve given myself this break from training, because I have honestly enjoyed it. And my knee really wasn’t feeling great (I wouldn’t say its 100% now, but it’s MUCH better). AND honestly, I’m so over the cold right now. I’ve reached that point in the winter where I am like EFF THIS. My body doesn’t react well in extreme cold. I did a 10 miler on Saturday when it was 27 degrees out and my paced dropped steadily about 10 seconds every mile as I felt my body just tighten and tighten up under me. GIVE ME WARM WEATHER OR GIVE ME DEATH! (I’m completely aware that once DC’s swamp-like summer sets in I will be whining about that too)
But it’s MARCH now. Which means it’s almost Spring and its RACING SEASON. Nothing makes me want to run more than racing… I just love it. I’m opening my spring season this Sunday at the St. Patrick’s Day 8K and I’m really excited! Since I’m not really trained for the half, I’m definitely going to just take it easy and enjoy it. I put together this workout plan just to get me through the next two weeks / let me finish the half without hurting myself:
|5M Steady State||Spinning + Strength w/ Trainer||Boot Camp + 30 minutes Speed Work||3M Steady + Strength||Yoga + 3M easy||10 M||St. Patrick’s Day 8K|
|5M Steady State||Spinning + Strength w/ Trainer||Boot Camp + 30 minutes Speed Work||3M Steady + Strength||Yoga + 2M easy||Rock’n’Roll USA Half Marathon||Rest|
I have referenced my softball team a couples times before on the blog, but today I wanted to share a little information about this really awesome group of people. This is my second year in a row playing with this team, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to join. A coworker talked me into joining the team (which is associated with Christ House, a medical recovery facility for homeless men in Washington, DC, where she was a long time volunteer) because she knew I had played softball in high school and apparently they needed girls. I hadn’t played since a put down my glove at the end of high school, so I was kind of excited to get back in the game, especially when it was just for fun! I was kind of nervous because sometimes adult sports can be kind of annoying. Guys can take things way too seriously and sometimes it’s less about sports and alllll about getting wasted (please refer to my multiple seasons playing adult kickball). I wanted an opportunity to get out and be active, without the pressure to party really hard after (I get devastating hangovers so I can’t really party when I have to be at work in the morning).
A couple weeks back, my mom and dad were in town for the night and they, along with my brother Doug, graciously came out to watch my last game of the season. It was so much fun to have them there, especially because my dad hasn’t seen me play in so many years! My dad is a softball umpire now, so of course he got chummy with our ump! I even hit a triple (the guys on the other team told me that they “left me hit it” because they knew my family was there to watch. Aren’t they sweet?) Big thank you to my brother, Doug, for taking all these great pictures with my iPhone. The sun was setting so the light was tough, but Doug has a great eye and did a great job capturing the narrative of the game! That’s me at third base by the way.
We lost (we’re not really all that good) but we didn’t care at all! This team is great about just getting out there, having fun, and supporting each other. I think we might have even convinced my brother to join up next summer!!
This picture is what we call the “Friends and Family of Sarah” contingent of the softball team (Right Left: Evan, Bryan, Sarah, Sarah, and Me!)
Before I sign off let me leave you with a brief plug for Christ House. My friend Sarah has recently left our job where we worked together to take a position as the Director of Development at Christ House. Please take a minute to read their website to hear about the amazing things they are doing in the lives of homeless men in DC. Here is a link about how to make a donation (either in-kind or monetary).