After running the mountain goat, life got super busy and sadly running had to take a backseat. I had to scramble to get all of my coursework done in time for my final weekend of Montessori Training. I'm not entirely sure how I pulled it off, but I did. Now that it's over, I have loads more time. Which is perfect since now I only have 3 weeks to prepare for the Lake Placid Half.
With my new found time I went to kickboxing at my gym's other location (which is a billion times nicer, but also clear on the other side of town) and then to yoga (that's right, twice this month, woot!). I had planned to run the Friehofers 5k course after school on Tuesday but a pretty nasty storm strolled in in the allotted time I had to run before my dinner plans. So I rescheduled my practice course run to today.
I studied the course map on at least 6 different occasions. I even looked one more time before heading out.
It seemed simple enough, a loop through the neighborhood. All on roads I've run before.
I wasn't feeling overly motivated to run in the 80 degrees with 80 % humidity, so I walked down to the start.
At that point it was time to start running, so up the hill I went. (it's a crappy way to start a race - immediately up a hill.. no time for momentum) It was hot and I was overdressed in my capri's and t-shirt. Once in Washington Park, I realized that I don't actually know were all the roads go. I turned left on a "main" road in the park and then almost immediately turned left again. As it turns out this is wasn't right.
I continued down to the lake and back on a very familiar path. (I run the perimeter of the park frequently) I didn't know that I hadn't run the real course until I reached the finish line area and saw that my gps was significantly different from a 5k. Before I cursed out my watch, I pulled up the map once again and saw that my course and the official course were not the same. I'm still glad that I went and tried and I was also quite thankful that my watch isn't completely useless. I plan to incorporate that 5k in some longer distances this week and next before Friehofer's race on June 1st.