I hope you all had a good weekend! I had some ups/downs this weekend, but I will say that it was overall, a pretty great weekend. I got to celebrate my birthday with cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory (I had their chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake and it was heaven), and I got some good workouts in. I did not, however, get to run the Nutty Irish 5k on Saturday. 😦
We knew snow was in the forecast for Friday evening, but we were only in the ‘coating- 1 inch’ region, and it was supposed to be all over by 11:30 Friday night. The race was scheduled for Saturday at 10:30, so no biggie we figured.
Well, I guess the meteorologists dropped the ball on that one. When I woke up around 7:30, it was STILL SNOWING and we already had a couple inches on the ground. We got ready to run anyway, assuming it would stop soon. I even put on me lucky socks to go along with the St. Patty’s theme.
Then we started driving. It quickly became clear that the roads were TERRIBLE. The roads in our town had not been salted or sanded yet, and it took us much longer than usual just to reach the highway. Once we were on the highway, we passed a few accidents where cars had spun out, hitting the concrete dividers. With a 50 minute drive still ahead of us, we had to call it off. I love a good 5k, but you do have to put personal safety first sometimes. 😉
So, we turned around and headed home, where we decided to take Brady for a snowy walk (or reenactment of the Iditarod depending on how you look at it.)
When we came back from the walk, my mom and I decided to make our own special hot chocolate since we were missing out on the hot cocoa bar (with Bailey’s) that the post-race party was supposed to feature. We didn’t have Bailey’s, so we used a little orange triple sec, and that worked quite well, I have to say.
I rounded out the morning with a quick upper-body workout from Fitnessblender, since it had been awhile since I did one of their videos. (In case you’re curious, it was Kelli’s 25 minute Tank Top Arms Workout, another awesome video!)
Sunday morning, the weather was finally clear and perfect for running. I knew I wanted to get in a nice, challenging run since I hadn’t been able to race yesterday. I decided to try my hand at a 5-mile progression run. I didn’t really know how it would go since my speed work went AWOL when my knee started acting up. My plan was to do the first mile around 9:00-9:15, and then try to get faster by 10 seconds for each following mile.
The run shaped up looking like this:
Mile 1: 9:01
Mile 2: 8:41
Mile 3: 8:32
Mile 4: 8:33
Mile 5: 8:43
I probably should’ve done the first mile a little slower, because I was really feeling it by that last mile. And Mile 2 was also a little fast, so I definitely need to keep working on regulating my pace. Mile 5 was mostly uphill though, so I’m not too upset about the slower split. I haven’t pushed myself to run outside my comfort zone in quite a while though, so I’m really happy with how this run went!
Hope you had a great weekend! Were anyone else’s plans disrupted by the Spring snow?