Happy Sunday Everyone! I’m excited as the approach of the Quantico 12K is right around the corner. Two weeks to be exact! I had a good training week, slowly increasing my mileage and keeping an eye on recovery and strength training. I always wonder if the mind overcomes the weakness of the body. If you’re determined enough, you just make it happen. Something to ponder.
I ran three times this week combining track, street and trail(improved) running. On Monday I went to the track after work and ran 3.5 miles. 2.5 miles were steady running and the last mile was speed work. On Thursday I ran the hood and on Saturday my long run was out on the Mt. Vernon trail. Each day was hot and humid with a slight breeze every now and again, but for the most part humid. The temperature was moderate but the humidity was off the chart. I have stuck to the Asics© and Nikes© and I’m happy to say I feel much better. Still a bit sore, but definitely feeling much better.
My long run on Saturday started off around 9 am. A little later than I wanted, but there you have it! The temperature was 78 when I started and the humidity made it feel a lot hotter. My first three miles were pain-free. I had a bit of pain on the fourth mile, and would slow down when I felt the pinch. I did have a wardrobe malfunction with my socks! Around mile three they decided to scooch! That’s a word right? Left me with two nice blisters on the back of my ankles. It’s always something. I’m happy with my performance. I felt strong and ready to move forward.
One of the things I love about this area is the history. I decided to spend my day visiting the Bull Run Winery and visiting a couple of battlefield sites. First, the Bull Run Winery is a must if you are in the Manassas area. It’s a beautiful place and you can participate in tours and tasting. They have food for purchase but you can bring in your own if you wish. How can you go wrong with wine and live music!? The wine was fantastic and I ended up buying a bottle of Norton. Norton grapes are indigenous to the area. The wine can be a little acidic at times, but this one was really very good.
A few shots:
After the winery we headed on down to Manassas National Battlefield Park. In 1861, Union and Confederate forces faced off in the first major land battle of the Civil War. A couple of pics:
This week’s miles came to a total of 11.11. I am 96.19 miles from the halfway mark with 5753.69 miles gratefully remaining. I hope this post finds you in good spirits and at ease. Happy Miles to You!!
I am a rock…in a good way.