Rock & Roll VA Beach Training: Week 2 Recap

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Another week in the books.  If the weeks keep ticking by this quickly, Virginia Beach is going to be here before  I know it.  I didn’t quite follow my scheduled training plan this week but I feel like everything went really well.

I didn't quite follow the Monday/Wednesday workouts but it was a great week!

Monday, I had an easy run on the calendar but the Pacers distance group was doing hill repeats on the Custis Trail and  I wanted to check it out.  I was nervous about my first hill tempo but it went really well and was a huge confidence booster.  Even though I put in extra miles at a quicker pace, I felt really good the next day.

Wednesday, I went to my first track workout and it was amazing.  We did 800 repeats and I was shocked at the pace I was holding (and improving upon) for each repeat.  It was another huge confidence booster but it was kind of exhausting to do 2 speed workouts in a week. Quite surprisingly, my legs felt really good for the rest of the week (with the exception of some minor achilles cramps on my right side) but due to an unusually busy social calendar on Thursday and Friday I ended up taking some extra rest days.  Next week I’ll have to get back on the cross training wagon and stay on.

Yesterday, I hit up a yoga class at my gym and stretched my legs out before today’s long run.  I knew Suze was running Saturday instead of our normal Sunday, so I was prepared to hang out on my own but I actually found a run buddy!  Thank goodness I had someone to run with because I would have been completely lost trying to avoid the Nation’s Tri alone!

Not quite able to avoid the Nation's Tri but it was so fun to spectate as we ran!

We started out, as usual, at the Iwo Jima Memorial and ran around Arlington Cemetery to cross the bridge into DC.  We were waved through some barricades onto Ohio Drive and ran a ways before we ran right into the last wave of swimmers coming out of the water.  They were seriously hard core running up the street barefoot into the transition area!   Once there was a lull in the crowd, the volunteers let us sneak through and we made it to our next obstacle – crossing the street from Ohio to get up to the Memorial Bridge.  We stopped and cheered for the bikers for awhile and then a volunteer told us he’d give us a wave when it was safe to cross the street.  The volunteers couldn’t be nicer. They were directing crowds and the athletes at the same time and were exceptionally cheerful in the process!

We headed across the Memorial Bridge and made our way around more bikers and got back to Iwo Jima in just over an hour – right before it started raining.  Perfect timing.  My timing data was a little off because we had some false starts where we were starting/stopping a bunch on Ohio Drive and I was just counting on the auto-stop to take care of it for me but I don’t think the sensor is sensitive enough.  I’ll have to remember to manually stop my watch…. next time I run into the middle of a huge triathlon.  Hopefully I don’t have to worry about it again :)

Next week, I plan to hit up both the Monday and Wednesday Pacers workouts, but I’m still kind of concerned about the lack of easy runs during the week so I may switch to alternating between the Monday/Wednesday workouts and doing an easy run on the other day.  I’m going to have to be a little less of a planner and just see how tomorrow goes before making a decision.  It’s BF’s birthday this weekend so I’m going to try to get my 5 mile long run in bright and early, before work on Friday (ugh, the things we do for love).

I hope everyone had a great weekend with some quality workouts!

5 Responses to Rock & Roll VA Beach Training: Week 2 Recap
  1. herrsolera
    June 19, 2011 | 4:20 pm

    Nice route — a friend of mine is running the Marine Corps marathon this year and I’m looking forward to running in 2012. Jealous!

  2. lowandbhold
    June 19, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    Nice! I want to run the VA Beach half one day. Sounds like a fun one!

  3. Erin @ untilyoutri
    June 19, 2011 | 8:45 pm

    Aw, glad you had another great workout!!

  4. Judy
    June 20, 2011 | 12:26 am

    Looks like your week has been going great so far!

  5. Kathryn Lancashire
    June 20, 2011 | 10:15 am

    Looks like it’s triathlon dodging season! My run was in the middle of one as well, we had to run the same the track!