There are a lot of differences between training for a half marathon and spending all your waking hours running to get ready for a full. And a key one is the room to run other races, like the Cherry Blossom 5K for ALS.
The race capped off week 7 of training for the Covered Bridges Half Marathon, and while I wasn’t gunning for anything spectacular, I was pleasantly surprised that I felt good to go on only one rest day and a few glasses of wine the night before (necessary accompaniment to a fierce game of Uno). If this had been mid-way through my training for Providence or Austin marathons, I would have been sore, dragging, and cranky about having to tack on another 12-18 miles afterward to meet my weekly LR prescription.
My timing said I ran it 19 seconds faster than my previous 5K PR, but official timing clocked me a full half minute slower. Since the start was kind of disorganized and I’m not sure I started RunKeeper exactly at the starting line, I’ll just say I ran well yesterday and leave my old PR standing for now.
And I also took first among North Reading food bloggers ticking off NY from the race-in-50-states list, bringing my total to 8.
I think it helped that the weather was stupidly perfect, and the course was a relatively flat out & back through scenic residential areas of The Greater Schenectady NY Area. But maybe some credit is also due to the novel warm-up I did, visualizing speed:
Now it’s time to focus on the last 5 weeks of training for CBHM, so I can check the next New England state off my list.
I am well on my way toward meeting my goal to raise at least $500 for Health Connections of the Upper Valley so I can run CBHM with their team. Any level of contribution you could make via my donation page to help me reach that fundraising finish line would be greatly appreciated!