Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Freihofers Practice Run

This month has been bananas.

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. 




5 comments:

  1. Don't worry about the hill. There are SO many women starting out that you don't even really notice that hill... You're trying to get around everybody else!

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    1. fair enough! I'll just have to warm up a bit before hand. I was anti warming up yesterday and starting on the incline wasn't enjoyable

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  2. Are you off work already?! Running a race course to practice is a nice way to prepare yourself mentally. Hope it goes well!

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    1. Not yet! I was in a graduate program for my Montessori certification. The training is done, but I still have 3 more weeks of teaching :)

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  3. This is the first year I'm running it! I'm not quite sure what to expect other than there will be tons of women running in the same direction and a box of cookies waiting for me...

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