Race Recap: MMA SuDash

Saturday morning, I toed the line at my second race of 2015, the MMA SuDash!

This race was being put on by the student council at my alma mater to benefit a girls’ school in the Sudan. While I usually race solo, this time I was part of a team with a few of my closest friends and fellow alums – Maura, Moira, and Jackie. And I would be sporting my Oiselle Flock singlet for the first time in a race.

Team 2000

Team 200 pre-race. Left to right: Jackie, me, Moira, and Maura. Photo credit: Maura

Moira and Maura were planning to walk, and Jackie was running with her son/my godson in the jogging stroller. Just before the 9:00AM start, we lined up in front of the lower school ready to take on the day. It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm – in fact much warmer than I expected. After a few pre-race instructions, we were off.

The race information had promised a “fast and flat” course. Sadly, this was not so much the case. In fact, the we hit the first hill within moments of starting the race. The course wound its way through campus and through the surrounding neighborhood. Where we were treated to a loop of hills that we had to complete twice. Twice! The course marshals, mostly faculty and parent volunteers, were very encouraging, but these hills kicked my butt. I’m sure my foolish attempt to keep up with the cross-country team at the start of the race did not help the situation. Between the hills, the warm weather, and not eating enough pre-race, my pace slowed considerably during the second mile. Eventually, after passing Sr. Barbara (the current school principal), which was really my only goal for the race, it was back to campus to finish the race.  Race #2 officially complete!

Garmin had the course measuring short. Maura, who tracked the race via RunKeeper, had a final total distance of 3.06 miles. The truth is probably somewhere in between.

Garmin had the course measuring short. Maura, who tracked the race via RunKeeper, had a final total distance of 3.06 miles. The truth is probably somewhere in between.

After grabbing some refreshments, Team 2000 reconvened to finalize timing for our brunch plans, and await the awards ceremony. Where I won first in my age group!

Age Group Winner

And for the real surprise of the morning – Team 2000 won the women’s team division! Say what!

3/4 of a victorious Team 2000.

3/4 of a victorious Team 2000. Photo credit: MMA Alumnae Office

Mrs. Killeen, the admissions director, summed up reaction to our team win the best when she said, “Girls, remind me. I don’t remember you four being particularly athletic when you were students.” True dat. Which made our victory all the sweeter.

Overall, it was a great event.  I’m not happy with the way I paced myself, but I am happy with the overall time. I’m hoping to get back to some regular speed work in May and June so that I’m ready to go when half marathon training starts in July. But until then, I’ll be telling everyone I know about my double win on Saturday.

Now it’s your turn! Did you race this weekend? Tell me about it!

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Weekly Workout Recap – 04/13 – 04/19

Weekly Recap

 

Another week in the books. Recap:

Monday

Plan: Easy run.

What actually happened:

3 miles before work. Since I’ve switched from the treadmill to the pavement, my “easy runs” have gotten speedier. The fact that I’m half asleep does help a little to keep me from going out to fast, but I would like to do a better job making these runs truly easy.

Tuesday

Plan: New Rules 2A

What Actually Happened:

AM: 5 minute bike warmup

New Rules 2A.

15 minutes walking on the treadmill.

I had a client meeting, so I was working from home. Which meant I was able to “sleep in” and go to the gym a little later since I didn’t need to be in the office.  Of course, “sleeping in” meant getting to the gym at 6 instead of 5, but I will take it.

PM: stretching class. I’ve been very tight and not at all diligent about stretching lately, so I took advantage of a new class at the Pilates studio to get the stretching in. I liked it, and am going to try to make it a regular part of my weekly routine.

Wednesday

Plan: Easy run, Pilates T&A

What Actually happened:

AM: 3 miles easy.

PM: Tower Pilates class.

Thursday

Planned: New Rules 2B

What Actually Happened:

5 minute bike warm up, followed by New Rules 2B, finished up with 15 minutes walking on the treadmill.

Friday

Planned: Rest Day

What Actually Happened: Rest Day.

Saturday

Planned: MMA SuDash 5K

What Actually Happened:

Team 2000 took on the first ever MMA SuDash. I’ll hopefully have a recap up later in the week, but here are the highlights: it was hilly, sunny, Team 2000 won the women’s team division and I won the 30-39 women division.

Sunday

Planned: Buns, Obliques, and Bikes class.

What Actually Happened: Buns, Obliques, and Bikes class.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. Next week is shaping up to be more of the same, although hopefully less busy at work. Fingers crossed.

Now it’s your turn! How was your week in workouts? Any big accomplishments or setbacks?

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Weekly Workout Recap – 04/06 – 04/12

Weekly Recap

 

Another week in the books. Between work and some other things, it was jam packed week. And now, on to the recap:

Monday

Plan: Easy run.

What actually happened:

Easy run. And unlike Saturday’s speedy run, this time I actually kept my pace closer to an easy range. Okay, the second mile was a little fast. But overall is was 3 miles in about 29 minutes. So I’ll take it.

The rest of the day was a mix of waiting for my car to be released from captivity, and watching the Phillies lose. At least it was a nice day at the ballpark!

Pre-Game Ceremonies

Tuesday

Plan: New Rules 2A

What Actually Happened:

5 minute bike warmup

New Rules 2A.  Upped the weights, so I’m sure I will feel it tomorrow. Took about 26 minutes.

20 minutes elliptical.

Wednesday

Plan: Easy run, Pilates T&A

What Actually happened:

AM: 25 minute run. Middle was a little fast, and I managed to totally overdress (so 44 degrees does not require all the layers? Good to know.), but it was a great run.

PM: Tower Pilates class. No double class this week. That stuff is exhausting.

Thursday

Planned: New Rules 2B, Reformer Pilates.

What Actually Happened:

AM: 5 minute bike warm up, followed by New Rules 2B

PM: Reformer Pilates class. Oh, Sarah, why must your classes be so hard?

Friday

Planned: Rest Day

What Actually Happened: Rest Day.

Saturday

Planned: Easy run

What Actually Happened: 30 minute run

Had plans to do some volunteer work through my university, so I was up early to get this one in. Truthfully, I almost bailed. But it was a beautiful morning and would have been a waste to miss out.

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Sunday

Planned: Buns, Obliques, and Bikes class.

What Actually Happened: Buns, Obliques, and Bikes class.

This class is half spin, half barre. Today we did a lot of squats and lunges. In other words, I will be sore tomorrow.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. I’m running a 5K on Saturday (go Team 2000), so with that there will be 3 runs, Pilates, weights, and maybe some spin and barre. We’ll see.

Now it’s your turn! How was your week in workouts? Any big accomplishments or setbacks?

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Weekly Workout Recap – 03/30 – 04/05

Weekly Recap

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! Since it was Easter, I’m currently enjoying the last day of a four day weekend – Thanks Boss! The weekend was full of family time and car aggravation, and today I’m off to the Phillies home opener for the first time since 2008. Thanks Emily for having a birthday on opening day!

And now, on to the recap:

Monday

Plan: New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women 2A.

What actually happened:

5 minute bike warm up.

New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women 2A.

5 minute bike warm up.

Kept the weights the same as last week. I probably could have gone a little heavier for the squat to over head press with barbell, but otherwise the weights still felt challenging. The static lunges with rear foot elevated were especially challenging. Well, to be honest, any single leg exercise is a challenge for me.

Followed up with 15 minutes on the stationary bike.

Tuesday

Plan: Short, easy run.

What Actually Happened:

15 minute elliptical warm-up, 25 minute treadmill run.

Trying to slowly extend my weekday runs to being back to the four miles I was doing pre-#bustedankle. Nothing special here. Covered just over 2.5 miles.

Wednesday

Plan: New Rules 2B, spin, Pilates T&A

What Actually happened:

AM: New rules 2B. Warmed up for five minutes on the bike. I was working out in a different area of the gym, so I subbed dumbbells for barbells for one of the exercises. I also totally space out and forgot to do the last exercise. Oops.

PM: Back to back spin and Pilates classes.

Another week of back to back classes. This time was a little rougher on me since I was coming straight from work. It was also weigh in night for the Spring Shed event at the studio. I really don’t need to lose any weight (and Patti gave me a strong look and said “from where?” when I said I would sign up), but for a chance at a private Pilates class and a gift card I can get my act together for a few weeks. Or something.

Thursday

Planned: Short, easy run.

What Actually Happened:

Quick outside run before work. Although the temperature was supposed to be very nice during the day, it was still pretty cold in the early morning hours. Since I only wanted to do 20 minutes, I was able to sleep in a bit. Of course, my version of sleeping in means 5:15, but you get the picture. Covered a little over 2 miles (2.07 to be exact) in 20 minutes.

Friday

Planned: Rest Day

What Actually Happened: Rest Day.

And now, for a non-workout related rant:

I had planned to take my car in on Friday for service since I had the day off. I was due for regular maintenance, and the air conditioner has been on the fritz since the fall, so this seemed like as good time as any to have it looked over. I was told I needed a new air conditioner compressor, and was told that the part would be in that day. With the promise it would be done “in a couple of hours.” Knowing that it is a holiday weekend, and that I had plans in the evening as well as Saturday, I was reluctant to leave my car for fear it would not be done when promised. But I also need a functioning air conditioner, so I left the car and hoped for the best. After calling twice for an estimated time the work would be done, I was told that they had the wrong part, but the right one would be in this morning and they would try to find me a loaner car so I would not be inconvenienced further. 90 minutes later I was told a car would be ready within an hour, or first thing in the morning. But definitely by 10 am at the latest. Needless to say, I did not make my Friday night plans and was more than a little annoyed. Thanks a lot Reedman Toll.

Saturday

Planned: Spin and barre classes.

What Actually Happened: 30 minute run

Decided Friday night to cancel my planned Saturday AM classes since I didn’t have a car. (In truth, my dad offered to loan me his car until I was able to secure temporary wheels – or have my own car returned to me. But since it was work related or an emergency, I was not willing to inconvenience him). Did not appreciate being charged the late cancel fees, but that’s the way it is. Instead went for a 30 minute run. Definitely was not an easy run since I was pretty pissed off about the car situation.

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On the car front, I was able to get a rental car at about 9:30 (a full 24 hrs after dropping off my car). I had a family commitment in the afternoon, and let the shop know that I was unavailable after 1:00 PM. So of course, I received a message on my home phone at 1:30 asking me to return the rental car since a loaner car was now available. Yeah, that wasn’t going to happen. And still no mention of when my car was going to be fixed and ready for me to pick up. Again, thanks Reedman Toll.

Sunday

Planned: Easy run.

What Actually Happened: Rest day.

Initially I had planned to run today, but since I ran on Saturday, and it was Easter, no workout happened. Unless eating Easter candy counts as a workout. In which case I set some PRs today.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. Stay tuned for next week when maybe I’ll have my car back. No matter what, there will be running, weight lifting, and Pilates (oh my).

Now it’s your turn! How was your week in workouts? Any big accomplishments or setbacks?

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Race Recap: 2015 Phillies 5K

Saturday morning I ran my first race of 2015, the Phillies 5K.

Philly Phanatic

The Philly Phanatic a/k/a the best mascot ever.

I’ve run this race twice before (2012 and 2013) so while I’m not in race shape, I knew what to expect. Unlike past years when I was running by myself, this year I was joined by my mom, cousin Emily, and Emily’s friend Jackie. Emily and Jackie were planning to use run/walk intervals, and my mom was planning to walk, so I was still on my own for the actual race, but it was nice to have some company for the start and finish.

Emily had picked up our packets Friday afternoon, and we all met up Saturday morning before the race. Just like past years, it was cold Saturday morning. Fortunately we were able to hang out in my car until about 7:45 (start time was 8:00). After a quick stop at the port a potties, we said our goodbyes and lined up at our respective paces. My goal was to finish around 30 minutes, so I lined up near the 10 minute mile group. After the arrival of the noted marathoner the Phillie Phanatic, and singing the National Anthem, we were on our way!

As is usually the case, the first mile was very crowded. Which of course was made worse by walkers and walkers with strollers. Add in the Phanatic parking his ATV in the middle of the race course, and I was straight up angry running trying to pass as many people and find some clear running space. Not ideal conditions, but at least I didn’t notice the cold? And my #bustedankle held up okay, so there’s that.

In the past, the race course stuck to the area around the stadium parking lots. This year the middle part of the race was through FDR Park. Which would have been nice, if it weren’t for the giant potholes . . . I mean craters . . . in the park. Race staff did try to warn runners about the potholes, but it was seriously a mess.

Soon enough, it was out of the park and back to the stadium for the finish. It was at this point I realized that I was going to finish well under my arbitrary 30 minute time goal. Go me! And quick sprint to the finish and the first race of 2015 was officially over.

Yay negative splits!

Yay negative splits!

After collecting my medal and refreshments, I waited for the rest of our group to finish. Then it was off to the field for a cool down lap on the warning track. My favorite part of this race.

Charter members of the Rossman Grandchildren Running Club. Est. 2015.

Charter members of the Rossman Grandchildren Running Club. Est. 2015.

To round out our morning, we hit up Xfinity Live! for post race eats. It was quite crowded, but we were able to snag a table in the VIP section (fancy). That Chicken Bacon Mac and Cheese was just what I wanted after the race. Delicious way to cap off race day!

So one race for 2015 down. I’m still a ways a way from being ready to really push the pace, but I feel like I’m not as far away as I thought. And that is a good thing.

Now it’s your turn! Did you race this weekend? How did it go? Tell me about it!

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Weekly Workout Recap – 03/23 – 03/29

Weekly Recap

Before jumping into last week’s recap, I wanted to let those of you in the Philly area know about an upcoming race. The MMA SuDash is being held on April 18th at my high school, Merion Mercy Academy.  I’ll be there running with a few of my classmates (#Team2000), and I hope to see you there too!  More info and registration can be found at the Bryn Mawr Racing Company website.

And now, on to the recap:

Monday

Plan: New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women 2A.

What actually happened:

5 minute bike warm up.

New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women 2A.

After consistently running Monday-Wednesday-Saturday (and often on Thursdays too), I decided to change things up and log some weekday miles on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Since I’m still nursing a #bustedankle (it’s actually a lot better, dare I say close to normal?), I went a little lighter on the weights for some of the exercises. Took just under 30 minutes to complete the two sets. Followed up with 15 minutes on the bike.

Tuesday

Plan: Short, easy run.

What Actually Happened:

15 minute elliptical warm-up, 20 minute treadmill run.

The #bustedankle survived the first run in two weeks! Kept things easy, incline no higher than 1.0, speed no faster than 9:30 pace. The ankle felt okay, but towards the end I thought I noticed some twinginess in my outer left knee. Maybe it was all in my head? Who knows. Finished up with some stretching and foam rolling.

Wednesday

Plan: New Rules 2B, spin, Pilates T&A

What Actually happened:

AM: New rules 2B. Warmed up for five minutes on the bike, then spent just over 30 minutes completing the workout. Again, went lighter on the weights, this time because I had a Pilates Bodies double scheduled for that evening.

PM: Back to back spin and Pilates classes.

After months of cajoling by my instructors and classmates, I joined the Wednesday night double club with back to back spin and Pilates classes. The spin class was especially tough since my legs were already feeling the two lifting sessions for the week. But I survived!

Thursday

Planned: Short, easy run.

What Actually Happened:

After Wednesday night’s double, there was no way I was making it to the gym this morning. So instead I opted for a short run after work. This worked in my favor since I had the chance to test out the #bustedankle on the roads before Saturday’s Phillies 5K. While I definitely slowed down the second mile, the ankle held up okay. I wouldn’t be racing on Saturday, but at least I would be running!

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Friday

Planned: Rest Day

What Actually Happened: Rest Day.

Saturday

Planned: Phillies 5K.

What Actually Happened: Phillies 5K.

I hope to have a recap up later this week, but for now I’ll say it was very cold and I finished faster than I expected. I’ll let you decide which one of those made me happy.

Sunday

Planned: Pilates.

What Actually Happened: Reformer Pilates.

Sarah was subbing today, which meant weights and planks were on the schedule. Which was fine by me. 5 lb weights on the refomer. Oof.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. Very excited that I was able to run 3 times this week. I hope to repeat that this week, as well as the Wednesday night double. Good thing I’ll have a long weekend to recover!

Now it’s your turn! How was your week in workouts? Any big accomplishments or setbacks?

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Weekly Workout Recap – 03/15 – 03/22

Weekly Recap

I was on the road last week, so workouts were few and far between. But I was still plenty active! Recap:

Monday

Rest day. Spent all day in conference.

Tuesday

1 hour yoga class.

Yoga Mat

The conference I was attending had a yoga class as one of the optional activities. Yes please!

Wednesday

Rest day. After a few days in Phoenix, it was off to New Mexico for a few days of vacation.

Thursday

No formal workout, but spent several hours hiking and exploring Chaco Canyon.

Pueblo Bonito

Friday

Spent a good chunk of the day traveling back to Phoenix for my flight home, but not before exploring El Murro Historic Site.

You know what's good for a busted ankle? Two days of hiking. No really, my ankle feels the best it has in weeks.

You know what’s good for a busted ankle? Two days of hiking. No really, my ankle feels the best it has in weeks.

Saturday

Rest day. Time to fly home to Philadelphia!

Sunday

Rest day again. Between recovering from my trip, and attending a christening for a friend’s daughter, a workout was not happening today. And that is just fine.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. I’m running the Phillies 5K on Saturday, and will (finally) be starting Stage 2 of New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women. Should be a good week!

Now it’s your turn! How was your week in workouts? Any big accomplishments or setbacks?

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