The Race That Wasn’t.

Hello again!

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.

Me Lucky Socks | 2 Generations RunningBefore hitting the road, we took a quick snow selfie. We’re smiling for the sake of the picture, but trust me, we are not amused by this first-day-of-spring weather.

2 Generations RunningThen 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.)

Brady, the chocolate lab. | 2 Generations RunningI tried to take some more cute pictures of Brady on the walk, but his modeling technique leaves a little to be desired.

BradyHe likes getting up-close and personal. 😉

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.

Hot Cocoa with Triple Sec | 2 Generations RunningI 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!

Fist Pump | 2 Generations RunningI hope I have some energy left in my legs today, because I’m planning on a barre workout!

Hope you had a great weekend! Were anyone else’s plans disrupted by the Spring snow?


Spring into the Friday Five!

Happy Friday!

I’m so excited for this weekend – I’ve got a fun St. Patty’s Day race (the Nutty Irish 5K Cocoa Run) and some birthday celebrating to do!! 🙂 My birthday was this past week, but I was working that day so the festivities were somewhat limited.

Best Day Ever.But anyways… onto the Friday Five! As always, this link-up is hosted by the wonderful bloggers, Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC, Mar of Mar on the Run, and Cynthia of You Signed Up For What?.

Friday 5 Link-UpThis week’s topic: Spring! Apart from one glorious, random day last week where the temps got into the high 50s, it hasn’t been feeling very spring-like. But hopefully that will turn around soon. And when that finally does happen, these will be some of the things I’ll be enjoying-

1. There are more races to run. Living in New England, the winter weather makes road races pretty darn near impossible. And of course, this past winter actually BROKE the record for snowfall in Boston. But now that the temps are finally starting to warm up, there will be races popping up all over the place and I’m ready to run them all.

2. Not having to bundle up in approximately 1,798 different layers of running apparel. I am so ready to throw on shorts and a t-shirt and hop out for a run. Those days still feel like a distant dream right now…

Friday 5 Link-up | 2 Generations Running

 

Bring on shorts and sunglasses weather!!

3. Being able to go on trail runs! Since reading Born to Run, I’ve been itching to get off the road. I took Brady for a walk down some trails this past weekend, and they are still COATED with ice (it was a miracle I didn’t fall). Trail running is always beautiful, and such a nice change of pace, and I am seriously longing for those days that are *hopefully* in the near future.

Trail running | 2 Generations Run4. Graduating! While I technically graduated in December, I’ll be heading back to school this May to walk in my graduation. I actually got my diploma in the mail just this week, and they spelled my name right and everything so I think that makes it official. 😉 I’m so psyched to head back in a couple months to see all my friends again and finally celebrate together.

5. Spring means summer is coming! This might not really qualify as a “favorite thing about spring”, but it’s the truth. I love the warm weather and long, sunny days and spring is the first sign that the dog days of summer are on their way!!

Have an AWESOME weekend! Check back early next week for a full recap of the Nutty Irish 5K Cocoa Run 🙂

Are you excited for Spring? What are you looking forward to?