Monthly Archives: April 2007

The Cap Crescent 9.5-Miler?

Start time: 4/22/07, 8:30am
Location: Capital Crescent Trail
Distance: 9.5 miles
Average pace: 9:16min/mile

A couple of weeks ago, I had still been thinking about running the GW Parkway 10-miler today. As it got closer, though, I realized that my running would probably be really cut back on in April and that I wouldn’t be able to get much in for the two weeks leading up to the race. So instead, Del and I made plans to just go running on our own that day. And what a gorgeous day it was to run; breezy and sunny, with the sun shining off of the Potomac but the trees of the Cap Crescent Trail giving us shade when we needed it.

The plan was to run 10 miles, but my legs were feeling a little tight starting around mile 9, and when we hit 9.5 miles Del decided he was done as well because his hamstrings were tightening up. So instead we walked the last half mile back to my car, then on the way back to Del’s place to drop him off he ran into Health Bar and grabbed us both strawberry-banana protein smoothies, which were pretty good. So, not quite what was planned but still a good run. I am, however, quite relieved that I didn’t sign up for the race!

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Start time: 4/21/07, 2:00pm
Location: Arlington
Distance: 2 miles & 2 miles
Average pace: 8:40min/mile & 9:06min/mile

The idea was a pretty simple one; run to the gym, use the weight machines, run back home. I’d mapped out a route that would be exactly 2 miles each way (I had to add on an extra quarter mile spur to do so but what can I say, there’s something slightly more comforting about whole numbers when tracking progress) and headed on out. Two things I didn’t count on, though:

1) It’s been so long since we had a real warm day that I should’ve brought my water bottle with me. Oof, I must have hit the water fountain ten times at the gym itself.

2) It’s more uphill on the way back than on the way there, which wouldn’t have been that big a deal except I had, of course, just worked out at the gym. Heh. Definitely felt those hills on the way home.

Still, very happy with my progress, especially since on the way back I was really trying to take it easy. A nice run! After not getting much running in for April (a combination of visitors, work, and just wanting a bit of a breather before marathon season returned) it was a good way to get back into the swing of things.

Up and Down and Up and Down

Start time: 4/10/07, 7:00pm
Location: Clarendon and the Custis Trail
Distance: 4.25 miles
Average pace: 8:59min/mile

I was really excited a month ago (the last time I was able to make it to the Tuesday Pacers run) to get a 38:48 finish time for this hilly, hilly, hilly course. Tonight? 38:07. That was a very nice surprise. (I should let Chris know we’re doing so well!) Oh, and new shoes starting today. More Brooks Beast, this time the ’07 model. The metallic bright blue better fade soon, it hurts my eyes to look at them.