One mile fun run
This weekend I had the option to run a 5K at my daughter’s school. I raced a 5K last weekend at the Dirty 5K and had a blast racing on the trails. Following that race I got in a solid work of training in the weight room, in the pool, and on the road My mileage is creeping up as the training load increases. As the mileage increases I want to make sure that my body can handle the work without injury. When I woke up on Saturday morning my Piroformis and Gluteus Medius felt very tight which was reminiscent of the tightness when my back was all out of whack this winter. Not wanting to risk re-injuring myself by running a 5K I decided to opt out and to focus my energy solely on running the 1 mile fun run with Organic Runner Dad and our two kids.
Running a race with my kids is such a joyful experience because I am getting to share my love of running with two of the people that I love the most. The kids were super excited to “race” and to run with their friends. Organic Runner Girl even wore a skirt! This race is a fun one because it is a fundraiser for my daughter’s school and this year I got to help out with planning the event. The atmosphere at the race is totally relaxed. If you are one of the fastest runners you win amazing pies baked by parents at the school. All of the runners in the 1 mile fun run get a blue ribbon.
At the starting line all of the kids were eager to run. We counted down to the start together and then we were off. Organic Runner girl took off quickly with her friends although quickly discovered that this may have been too fast. I caught up with her and we ran together most of the way with a few breaks to walk. Organic Runner Boy and Organic Runner Dad ran together. My son was motivated to keep going and wanted to beat his sister. Watching kids run is such fun. They run with total wild abandon! My son and husband crossed the finished line in 9:29 and my daughter and I crossed the line in 9:54, she crossed just ahead of me. She put on a sprint at the end! We were so proud of them because they had a great time and finished under ten minutes, great times for a 6 and 4 year old!
Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Brick Workout
The one mile fun run was the perfect way to start my Saturday. After that I had the afternoon ahead of me so switched my Sunday workout to Saturday for my first outdoor “Brick” of the season for Ironman 70.3 training. Even though my piroformis was tight in the morning a long training workout seemed like a better plan because doing an endurance workout uses the muscles in a different way than racing a 5K. I was so excited to get my bike “Sapphire,” a blue Cannondale Roubaix, newly outifitted with aerobars this winter, out on the pavement. I chose to ride from my house for an easy transition to the run. The ride was 15 miles roundtrip. It felt great to be off the trainer. It will definitely take a little bit of time to adjust to using the aerobars. Leaning on the aerobars definitely feels more aerodynamic but the bike feels more unstable. I think I have new muscles that still need to develop that will add to the feeling of stability when in this position while riding. Getting out on my bike reminded me how much I am growing to enjoy cycling. It still feels so new to me!
The ride went well even the last grueling 1/4 mile climb up the steep hill past our organic egg farm. I always feel such a sense of accomplishment after making it to the top. After the hill I cruised home getting ready for the transition to the run. I was thankful I had brought my Skratch Labs and water with me on the ride because in the high humidity on Saturday I finished almost both bottles. I also had a Caramel Macchiato caffeine infused GU on the ride. When I got home I quickly transitioned to the run. I forgot how heavy your legs feel on the run after a ride. Like lead weights! After about a mile and a half I finally felt lighter and was able to start picking up the pace of my run to a comfortable 8:30 pace. My overall run time was 1:15 and 9 miles including some tough hills. I actually felt awesome at the end of the run so worked on negative splitting for the last three. Gradually dropping my pace to 6:30-7:30 over the last three miles.
The workout was hot and sweaty and so good!!! I finally feel like my training is back on track and that I am moving forwards towards my Ironman 70.3 goals!
Have you ever done a fun run? Do you run with your kids? What do you like more the bike or the run?
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