I started off the week still in LA and had the opportunity to go to a Gold’s Gym in Hollywood. Let’s just say that people were a lot bigger than most gyms and it wasn’t fat. I got to run in Griffith Park again and made the mistake of going up a small ridge at the start. The problem is then you don’t want to go back down right away as you’ll have to go up again later…and then suddenly you’ve gone up more than a thousand feet, you’re on the other side of all the hills from where you started and your run got a lot longer. Totally worth it once in a while.
I made a pit stop on the way in DC to do a promotional event for the Cherry Blossom 10 mile which I’ll be racing at the start of April. Flying from the west coast early in the morning and arriving at your hotel at six in the evening is never ideal for fitting in a 1:40 min run. Let’s just say I learned my way around the monuments, the Capitol and the Whitehouse very well.
The first workout of the week was pushed back to Thursday due to not arriving back in Charlotte until late Wednesday evening. For this pace run I started a little slower to avoid the death march that happened last week and it went well, slowly working from 5:06 down to 4:54. The primary workout of the week was 12 x 75 second hill that I did on a great section of sidewalk except for the fact it was next to a busy four land road. That was a poor choice and I was having a few asthma issues by the end of a solid workout. For the long run I drove up to Lake Norman State Park and found about fifteen miles of single track trails. Definitely a place to run more often if it wasn’t forty-five minutes away. Also of note was that there was a family of mountain biking uni-cyclists out on the trail. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but nope, they were there.
|Thursday||30||48 min PR avg 5:01||125|
|Saturday||12 x 75 sec hills||25||115|