Hello everyone and Happy Sunday to you!!
My training for the Quantico 12K on 25 August is going fairly well. The pain I have been experiencing is mellowing a bit and I continue to keep moving forward to this next mileage goal. This week’s training wasn’t bad at all. I started out with 3.5 on the treadmill and then went to the Mt. Vernon trail twice this week – once for some speed work and then my long run. Wednesday was a long work day. I taught yoga for the first time during lunch and I had a function in the evening which threw my training days off a bit, so this week’s long run took place on Sunday instead of my Saturday. The temperatures cooled off a bit, but it was still humid. The kind of humidity that you’re good for the first couple of miles then it becomes a sweat fest. At least for me.
This upcoming Saturday is the Quantico 12K. I received an email during the week informing me about packet pick up. Unfortunately, they say to pick up your packet on Friday ~ with closing time being around 7 pm. Quantico is about 23 miles from where I live in Alexandria. It seems fairly harmless until you add in DC traffic on a Friday. The website had a caveat that packets should be picked up that Friday as they can’t ensure you will get yours the morning of…great. I don’t know. I’m seriously hedging my bets to pick it up that morning. The race doesn’t start until 7:25, so we’ll see….. I’d hate to have to drive all the way out there after work then drive back. It just seems like a pain in the you know where!
From the site about the 12k course:
So, there you have it…that’s what I will be doing next Saturday morning. I’m excited because this is the first event I am participating since moving to Virginia.
This week’s long run was uneventful and okay. If I must be honest, my heart wasn’t 100% in it today. I was a bit tired and just seemed to lose gas after three miles. There were a lot of stops and starts, but I still made my goal. Mentally, I just didn’t will myself to get it done like I wanted to. But, I still pulled 5.10 this morning. My pace was an average of 11:45.
As I approach my halfway point in my journey I have signed up for another event in September to celebrate. I have always wanted to go to Vermont, so on 30 September I will run the “Fly to Pie ~ Kingdom half”. The tag line says “doin’ the dirt”. Anytime there is “dirt” in the title….it’s bound to be fun (sic).
A few fun photos from today’s run:
I remain grateful in my journey. It’s easy to get frustrated and lose focus on the end result ~ but still I continue on. I have 84.54 miles left until the halfway mark and 5742.04 remaining in my journey. I hope this post finds you well, continuing on and loving every minute.
Listened to this today on my run…just throwing it out to the universe…