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!
Yoga class at the National Archives
From the site about the 12k course:
Runners will begin the 7.45 mile journey at 7:25 a.m., on Elrod Road parallel to the Parade Deck near the bleachers. The Quantico 12K will head south before making a right turn on Engineer Road and entering the OCS trails. Terrain will switch from paved streets to gravely paths. The 12K begins a 140 foot climb to its maximum elevation of 219 feet starting at the half mile mark and leveling off 1.5 miles into the run. Making a left onto Iwo Jima Trail runners will reach the first of three water points on the course just before mile 2. A slight downhill from Mile 3 to 4.5 features a 70 foot elevation drop before another short climb. The second water point is located near mile 4 at scenic Buffalo Pond, the furthest point in the course. From this location, runners will follow Engineer Road and begin to overlap with the run portion of the Quantico Tri and include the final water point as part of a two mile downhill. The course makes a left as runners pass the OCS Obstacle Course, before making two quick right turns on the way to the finish line located on the grassy PT field.
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 love the entrance to the trail.
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…