Week 4 (7/6-7/12)

Well Week 3 didn’t go exactly as planned. ¬†The weekend was a lot busier then I thought it was going to be and I missed my longer run ūüė¶ ¬†Don’t forget to sign up for my giveaway on July 30th!

Monday:  4.4 Miles (Pace 8:00)

I ran with a great group Charlotte Running Company!¬† They really made me feel welcome, which was great since before I went to the run, I wasn’t sure I wanted to run. ¬†The course was was full of hills, so much so I’m going to consider that my hill workout for the week! ¬†The run was very scenic and I met some great people during the run. I was really glad to be in Charlotte and really happy I came to the run club.

Tuesday:  7.2 Miles (Pace 8:00)

After Monday’s run I was excited to get out and run with another new run group, but unfortunately I was let down. ¬†The group I ran with 5 on the Booty didn’t match up to the great running experience I had the night before. ¬†I ran to the group, which was about a 2 mile warm up and then a 5 mile loop with the group. ¬†The course was pretty flat and even though it was very warm the humidity wasn’t nearly as bad as it is most of the time in Baltimore. ¬†I was glad to get in a longer run!

Wednesday:  3.1 Miles (Pace 7:58)

Unfortunately, due to work commitments I wasn’t able to run with another group in Charlotte today. ¬†I actually ran during a break in the middle of the day when the sun was high and the heat was cranked up! ¬†Though it is hot in the south the humidity doesn’t compare to home. ¬†I ran a loop around the city that I am familiar with and passed by several well-known landmarks; Epicenter, Time Warner Arena, NASCAR Hall of Fame, BB&T bank, and Bank of America stadium. ¬†It was a nice run around the city and reminded me why I like visiting Charlotte so much.

Thursday:  2.25 Miles (Pace 8:11)

Well I said Monday would count as my hill workout, but as I looked at the training schedule I felt like I would be going off track if I didn’t do hills again today. ¬†I did 4×400 hill repeats. ¬†I found a hill with a good incline not far from the hotel. ¬†It was suppose to climb close to 100 degrees today, fortunately I was able to get my run in earlier in the day but it was still in the 80’s. ¬†After two repeats I took my tank top off and set if by a light pole. ¬†I had seen people do it earlier in the week and no one stole it, so I figured I would be okay. ¬†The last repeat was grueling but I finished it, picked up my tank top and ran another quarter mile to cool down. ¬†I’m glad I decided to do hills again.

Friday:  1 Mile (Pace 8:35)

I landed in Baltimore around 1830 went to dinner with some friends and since the training plan has today as a rest day I only needed to do a mile to keep the streak alive!  I decided to run a mile loop around my neighborhood, after running in Charlotte all week it was sort of depressing to be back home and running through Dundalk.  No worries though, next week I will be in Providence!  I really do enjoy running other places!

Saturday:  15.1 Miles (Pace 8:59)

So I changed up¬†the training plan again today; today was supposed to be a 6 mile run at race pace, but two of my friends were planning on a long run so I decided to join them. ¬†I like running with people, it makes the run go by more quickly and you are suffering together! ūüėČ ¬†We started early, 0730, it was overcast and not to humid, we usually loop Ft. McHenry, but they don’t open till 0900 so we ran around the city a little while before heading that direction. ¬†It worked out perfectly we arrived at the Fort just after 0900 and we were at 9 miles, so we could loop the Fort and head back and we would be at 15. ¬†By this time time the sun had started to come out and heat things up, but it was better than our last run together when it started pouring down rain. ¬†In the last three miles the sun was brutal around the harbor promenade, but we kept our pace and finished strong. ¬†Our run was a good start to our Saturday and we were all glad to get it out of the way!

Sunday:  4 Miles (Pace 7:45)

Since¬†I switched up my long run and did it yesterday and I made up some miles I missed last week earlier this week, I still wanted to make sure I did all my miles for this week so I ran 4. ¬†Wow, did that make sense? ¬†I wanted to run at a bit of a faster pace since my longer runs are slower. ¬†I ran each mile with a negative split and actually think I could have been a bit faster but I had a pretty large¬†lunch and my stomach was a little upset so I didn’t want to push to hard. ¬†The evening air felt nice, over the heat I had been running in this week. ¬†When I finished my legs felt strong and I knew I had a good week of training!

Total Miles:  37.05

-Veggie Fueled Runner

JWU Charlotte #cxclt15
JWU Charlotte #cxclt15

 

5 on the Booty

Tour de Charlotte Running continues!  After running with Charlotte Running Company on Monday, I decided I definately wanted to try out some more run clubs in Charlotte.  I must say though if you are in Charlotte and looking for a great group of people Charlotte Running Company is it!

Okay, enough with that, that was another blog!  I wasn’t sure I would be able to run with a group but the schedule was flexible for the evening and I was able to!  I decided since I needed to run, some extra miles I would run to the meeting spot.  It was a litte over 2 miles and made for a good warm up.  

 

Charlotte Skyline
 
The run group calls themselves ‘5 on the Booty’ I have no idea why, it has nothing to do with where they meet.  The meet at a bar called Hickory Tavern, perhaps it is because they run a 5 mile loop but I don’t know where the ‘booty’ comes from.  When I got there, some people were already there.  I noticed one woman from the night before, she was the only one I recognized we talked briefly.  Then the person I assume was the run group coordinator asked if anyone was new and not familiar with the route.  I spoke up and said I was new.  I was the only one…

  
Instead of him introducing himself he asked my pace, I told him I would probably run around 8:15-8:30.  He said okay I’ll run around that pace you can follow me, then he went back to talk to people he knew.  I was a little put off by this, but I assumed he didn’t mean to be rude.  Everyone seemed to know each other so I sort of felt out of place.  After what seemed like an hour, it was really only 10 mins the same person announced we would be starting the run.  We walked down to a running/biking path and some of the guys took their shirts off and put them behind the bushes.  I thought this was something you wouldn’t see in Baltimore, the shirts wouldn’t be there when we get back, haha.  One of the things that is great about the south!

The run started and the guy who said he was going to run around the pace I wanted to, put headphones in.  I don’t run with music anymore, I think you can listen to your body more closely without it and adjust, if necessary.  I thought to myself, well this is great, I’m not going to have anyone to talk to.  That’s fine I don’t need to talk when I run, but that is sort of why I like to run with people.  I decided to run a bit faster with a group of 5 that was out front, they were probably running around a 7 min pace and I didn’t want to run that fast, so I fell into the ‘lone’ zone.  Just running by myself, trying to keep the leaders in sight so I knew where to turn.  

During the run someone ran up along side me and then decided to pass me, all the sudden I felt like I was in a race, ugh!  I stayed about three paces behind him and when his pace slowed I took over again and didn’t let him pass again, but I did have to keep turning around and pointing to ask which way to turn, haha.  At the end of the 5 mile loop I had done 7 miles at an 8 min pace.  The person I was ‘racing’ finished a little behind me.  He came up and introduced himself, his name was Fry (sp?).  He said I was a good runner, so I felt like I proved myself, though I wasn’t exactly trying to do that.  We waiting for everyone to finish and I tried talking to a few people but they seemed more interested in mingling with who they already knew.  I also found it interesting that people who finsihed about 2 mins behind me said they ran a 7:48 pace, not sure how that happens, anyway I’m being petty now.

 

Foutain at Start and Finish of the run
 
I still enjoyed the run, it was very scenic and much more flat then the night before.  Before I left I did say bye to Fry and he asked if I was joining them for a beer but I declined, I didn’t really feel welcomed like I had the night before.  

One thing I did take away from tonight is to make sure new people feel welcome when they come to a new run club.  I hope I do that back in Baltimore when someone comes to group I’ve been running with for a while.  As I mentioned in a previous blog I am an introvert, but I do try to make people feel welcome the best I can.

I still don’t know why the group is called 5 on the Booty or who that person was who asked my pace…

What do you do when your the new person?

-Veggie Fueled Runner

  

Charlotte Running Company Fix

Wow, after a taxing week last week, I was happy to be going to Charlotte, NC for work this week.  I had been looking into different run groups in the area, but I wasn’t sure I was up for running with new people.  Late on Monday afternoon I decided I would run with the Charlotte Running Company after finding them on Meetup.  It looked like they have a good showing, so I figured why not.  After a short nap, I hopped in an Uber and took the short ride to the run group.

  
I got to the Charlotte Running Company at about 1820.  As soon as I walked in I was greated by, David, the run club coordinator.  He was very friendly, went over the route, gave me paper directions, and advice to not start out to fast, it is a hilly course.  I tucked that info in the back of my mind and then talked with some of the other runners there.

  
Just before we started, the other run club coordinator came up and introduced himself as Linwood.  He was very welcoming and we quickly talked about running, before it was time to start.  At 1835 we went out back behind the store to start the run.  David had told me, the first half mile is downhill and then the rolling hills start.  He wasn’t kidding, the route was like waves on the ocean up and down, repeat!  It was a good course though!  It was hot, close to 98 degrees.  I stayed near the front of the pack most of the route, at mile 3 there was a water stop and I stopped with another guy I was running with, Matt, to get a drink of water.  Then we were off again, I chatted with Matt the rest of the way.  Total the route was 4.44 miles of rolling hills, I finished with an even 8 min pace.  A little faster then I wanted but I was feeling strong and the welcoming runners pushed me through the run.  

 

Lake and Fountain at mile 3.
 
After the run many of the runners stood out back of the store chatting and waiting for everyone to finish.  Linwood came over and asked me what I thought of the course, I thought it was great and told him the group has a lot of good runners!  I finished at the back of the lead pack; you could tell everyone was there to make themselves better runners and enjoy the social aspect as well.  After about 15 mins, David came out and and told everyone there was beer inside, so of course we started to file into the store.  Runners love a cold beer after a run!  I was surprised to see a bar set up, first run store I’ve been to that has that!  Linwood told me that Brooks had sponsored the bar for the runners, how awesome is that!

 

Brooks sponsored bar for runners! #awesome I think that may be the store owner serving, I didn’t get his name, oops!
   

I talked to some more of the runners and they invited me out with them.  I love Southern hospitality, I really wanted to accept but it had been a long day and I wanted to get some rest and I need to do some work, so I declined.  Some of the runners run on Tuesday so I may see them again, they also invited me to runs on Wednesday and Thursday, I have work events but maybe I can squeeze in a run with them.  It would be great to run with them again.

  

  
Charlotte Running Company really knows how to welcome a new runner.  Thanks for a great run!

-Veggie Fueled Runner

  

Week 3 (6/29-7/5)

Week 2 of training is in the books and it was a good one.  Ran in everything from the humidity to the pouring down rain!

Monday:  3 Miles (Pace 8:16)

Today, I was pretty worn out and did not feel like running, but for the streak and my training I did.  The weather was warm, in the 80’s, not nearly as hot as it was last week thank goodness!  I ran in my neighborhood, there were quite a few people out and they are beginning to set up for the Heritage Fair this weekend.  That is a tradition in these parts!  They say in Dundalk we have two seasons Christmas and 4th of July.  Normally the end of my loop is a slight decline, I decided to change the route a bit and end on a slight incline.  I ran negative splits each mile.  During my daily runs I haven’t been trying to set a blistering pace, especially as I’m increasing my mileage.  After my run I stopped at Subway and order a 6 inch veggie sub and walked home in the cool of the evening.  At the start I didn’t feel like running but afterwards, I felt refreshed and energized as I do most times!

Tuesday:  6 Miles (Pace 8:37)

It was overcast when I started running today and was hoping to get my run in before the rain came.  In mile 2 of my run, the sun came out for a little while, but then in mile 5 the sky opened up and there was a brief shower.  By the time I finished my run the rain had passed.  Even though it was overcast, it was still humid and muggy.  When the breeze picked up it felt nice and kept me somewhat cool during the run, but even before the rain came I was soaked with sweat.  My legs felt strong but tired if that makes any sense.  I had even splits during the run, I wasn’t trying to do any speed work and just wanted to stay consistent.

Wednesday:  1.2 Miles (Pace 8:21)

I went off the plan again today, I was extremely dehydrated and not feeling well all day.  I felt like a reset was needed.  I waited till the evening air came so it would be a little cooler when I ran.  I took the pace easy and was actually surprised I had any fluid to sweat out.  I was just glad to keep the streak alive, earlier in the day I thought I may be calling it over.

Thursday:  3 Miles (Pace 8:04)

Today was the fist time since running cross-country in high school that I actually did a speed workout.  Before the run I was sort of nervous.  I programmed my Garmin 220 for interval training; today I would be doing 4 x 800s.  I put off the run earlier in the day and it was close to 21:30 when I started (military habit with the time, 9:30 for civilian types ;)).  I started with a non-timed quarter mile warm up before the intervals.  I was bummed I couldn’t see how fast I was running the intervals until the workout was over.  The training plan says to run faster than marathon pace so I was running what I felt was reasonably hard.  After each 800, I took a quarter mile break, I ran very easy and tried to focus on getting my breath under control.  After the third interval I wasn’t sure I had another one in me, I focused on deep breathing and took off for the final 800.  I was happy to finish and for the cool down!  I was really happy to see my 800 times, surprised actually!

1st-800:  3:25     2nd-800:  3:15     3rd-800:  3:19     4th-800:  3:16

Each 400 break was around 2:30.  My overall 800 pace was 3:18, I’m pretty happy with that for my first speed workout in almost 15 years.  My 800 pace was much faster than even my 5k pace, I’m actually thinking maybe I should run a 5k soon to see where I am at.  I haven’t ran an ‘official’ one since December when I PR’d at the beginning of the streak.  Tonight was a good run, and a nice surprise!

Friday:  1 Mile (Pace 8:46)

This morning when I got out of bed my legs and feet were throbbing in pain.  I should have stretched before bed, lesson learned.  My big toe on my right foot was really sore as well, the intervals really kicked my butt!  I spent the morning catching up on some work and writing the blog about becoming a race director.  My best friend called and convinced me to go out on the boat for a few hours, even though I knew I should have ran, I decided to go the weather was perfect for it.  It wasn’t a long trip, I told a local business owner and friend that I would work his snowball stand at the Heritage Fair.  I’ve been helping out the last 3 years at Stouten’s Snowball stand, best snowballs around!  On the boat my quads really started to tighten up, so much I thought I had pulled something, after massaging them for a bit, I was feeling better.  We headed back in after only an hour and a half, I had to go work the snowball stand.  I spent the next 6 hours on my feet, when I finished up it was late, after 10.  I did not feel like running.  I changed and hit the pavement, my legs felt like lead blocks.  My feet clunked as the hit the ground, not my normal quite stride.  I couldn’t get into a good groove so I just clunked along for a mile, to keep the streak alive.  I’m not looking forward to the 6 I have to do tomorrow, oh and another 6 hour shift at the snowball stand.

Saturday:  6 Miles (Pace 8:00 )

Today was a busy day, lots to do on the 4th of July.  Even with a nap I didn’t feel like running but knew I had to, I didn’t want to run late again, especially with more miles to do.  I went back and forth between wearing my sweat gutr or a hat, since it was raining on and off most of the day.  I opted for the hat.  Starting out I was hoping for an 8 min pace, but during the run I thought I was feel strong and thought I might be able to squeeze in under that.  At the end I was right at 8 mins.  About half way through the run, I saw something that really bothered me and got me thinking for a while, it was the Confederate flag.  It got me thinking so much I actually wrote a brief blog about it.  The run was overcast with light rain on and off.  I felt good through the run, but was glad to be finished I had so much more to do today!

Sunday:  1 Mile (Pace 8:49)

Well today I really went off the training plan, I was supposed to do 8 miles and when I woke up I had every intention of doing so, then the day started.  During breakfast I started receiving emails regarding a situation in the community which I needed to address, throughout the day I tried and stay out in front of it.  I don’t want to go into to much detail but it was distracting.  Next week I am traveling for work, so I needed to get a haircut, cut the grass, do laundry, and a few other things.  I also had to work the final shift 6-hour shift at the snowball stand.  After standing for over 18 hours in the last 3-days I just didn’t have 8 miles in me and I didn’t get home till close to 2230.  The days events and dealing with a variety of things left me feeling deflated, though I think I could have ran more than a mile, I still had some emails I needed to send and that was bothering me on the run, so I kept it to 1 mile.  Hopefully, I can make those miles up, and it is still early in the training cycle.

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Total Miles:  21.2

The Sweat Life
The Sweat Life

Week 2 (6/22-6/28)

Week 1 in the books, and running on the plan has already strengthened my legs, but has tired them out in the process.

Monday:  3.1 Miles (Pace 8:12)

The heat and humidity has not subsided, we are having a classic Baltimore summer! ¬†Today I took a loop around the neighborhood, I waited till later in the evening to run but that didn’t provide any relief.

Tuesday:  5 Miles (Pace 8:30)

I’ve been doing some cross training and riding my bike a bit more, on Tuesdays I run at Tin Roof and normally ride my bike. ¬†I went a bit early for an¬†appointment I had and then rode to Ft. McHenry. ¬†We normally start running at 6:45, but the skies opened up at 6:15 and there were bad storms for about an hour. ¬†Once the rain let up, I rode home, in total I did 2o miles on the bike. ¬†The storm had really cooled things down and it was still overcast when I started running. ¬†That didn’t last long about two miles in the sun came out and the temps started rising again. ¬†I did have a negative split for the run! ¬†My quads were really sore, as I was running I was thinking about scheduling a massage for Friday!

Wednesday:  4 Miles (Pace 8:12)

Today’s training plan called for 3 miles but I decided to do 4. ¬†On Wednesdays I normally run with City Sports Run Club, that is where I first started running with a group about 2 and a half years ago. ¬†The group isn’t as large as it was in the past, but a few new people came this evening. ¬†I didn’t want to turn around before any of them since there was just a few of us. ¬†Each mile was a negative split, the run felt strong and it wasn’t as humid as it had been the last few days.

Thursday:  1.5 Miles (Pace 7:02)

So I was feeling unsure about the tempo run the training plan called for, I’ve never done one before and was hoping someone would run one with me but everyone was busy or had already ran. ¬†I decided I would¬†do hills with November Project and Sarah in the morning tomorrow. ¬†Tonight I decided to do a quick mile and a half, faster than my race pace. ¬†When I started I was thinking about a new PR for the mile but the humidity was a little much and I didn’t warm up for it. ¬†No excuses, I just didn’t have it in me, but I was happy with the run!

Friday:  4 Miles (Pace 8:24)

Normally I’m not a morning runner, which is kind of odd considering when I was in the military I was up almost everyday at 4 am or early for PT. ¬†Today I woke up at 5:30 to go to November Project and run with Picky Runner. ¬†When I went outside I was pleasantly surprised at how cool it was, and thought maybe I should start running in the morning more often! ¬†I rode my bike to Patterson Park, that is where NP meets. ¬†I think I am finally starting to get over my social anxiety with NP, they pride themselves on being weird and I think I’m starting to get use to it. ¬†Most people think I’m an extrovert, but those who really know me, know I’m an introvert and it takes a lot for me to be comfortable in social situations where I don’t know everyone. ¬†In between 1/2 mile hill repeats, we did partner pushups and hoisties and every other repeat we were¬†suppose to do¬†‘last man up’ sprints. ¬†Last man up sprints use to be called ‘Indian Sprints’ but we live in a post-PC World now. ¬†I did a variation of those exercises and ran¬†with some new people today! ¬†I didn’t catch their names, maybe next time. ¬†NP has a lot of good runners and happy people, so I think I will keep going when I can. ¬†Today was a good day of running days like today are¬†why I run, or maybe it was all the endorphins, running releases those, It’s Science!¬† All this before 8am!

Saturday:  11.1 Miles (Pace 8:59)

I decided to move my long run to today. ¬†After a few hours of delays and wishful thinking that the weather would clear up, my friends Cat and Elizabeth¬†convinced me to go running, well I suppose we all convinced each other. ¬†The weather had finally cooled and was in the 60’s! ¬†When we started the rain had stopped but¬†it was cloudy. ¬†The wind started to really pick up in mile 3, by mile 4 the rain had started but wasn’t to bad. ¬†Somewhere around mile 6 the sky really opened up and it stayed that way the rest of the run. ¬†At first it really didn’t bother any of us but by mile 9 our shoes and clothes were soaked and we just wanted dry feet and to not be weighed down by¬†our clothes. ¬†Around mile¬†10 is when we all came to the consensus we were miserable, but Cat was trying to talk me into another 3 miles. ¬†I just didn’t have it in me, my stomach had started hurting a while back and I just wanted to finish the 11 and call it a day, that is what happened. ¬†Even with the rain, it was a good run and it was nice to run with Cat and Elizabeth, we are pretty much the only ones left that started (other than Theo) running together 2 years ago. ¬†Today, I wondered, and I imagine all distance runners do at some point, why am I out here doing this? ¬†I’m not sure there is an answer to that, today the answer was because my friends are out here doing it with me and my legs need the miles!

*Note, my phone didn’t survive this run ūüė¶ ¬†I’m now on the market for a new phone, but I’m not really sold on an iPhone 6 upgrade…decisions, decisions.

Sunday:  3 Miles (Pace 9:28)

Today I only wanted to run a mile, but I ran with my best friend John. ¬†He is training for the upcoming Heritage 6k next week and wanted to run farther. ¬†After the run yesterday, I really didn’t feel like it but once my legs loosened up, I knew I had 3 miles in me. ¬†The pace was slow and that was fine with me, it let me go a bit further. ¬†We picked up the pace the last mile and I took off in the last half mile, I just wanted to stretch my legs out. ¬†It was a good end to week 2 of marathon training!

Total Miles:  31.7 

Week 2 Photo

Week 1 (6/15-6/21)

Marathon Training has begun!

Monday:  3 Miles (Pace 7:47)

The training plan recommends running slower than race pace. ¬†I’m not sure if that means for all your runs or just your longer runs. ¬†Today I decided to run negative splits for the 3 miles. ¬†It was hot and humid, and¬†I was glad to get it over with.

Tuesday:  5 miles (Pace 8:12)

Today was awful, this had to be one of the most humid days yet!  I ran downtown with Tin Roof Runners, I wanted to start off at a slower pace but my friends took off right out of the gate.  I forgot my Sweatgutr and sweat was pouring into my eyes and stinging horribly.  Every time I ran by a restaurant I looked to see if there was a napkin I could grab to wipe my forehead, no such luck.  The only thing that kept me going was knowing water was at the end!

Wednesday:  1 Mile (Pace 8:19)

I was really busy today and pretty dehydrated from Tuesday’s run. ¬†I diverted from the training¬†plan and got my mile in to keep the streak going!

Thursday:  3 Miles (Pace 8:09)

I wanted to run a more relaxed pace today, to get ready for my upcoming long’er’ run. ¬†My quads were pretty sore and it was also suppose to be a hills day, but I planned to do some hills on Friday¬†morning with November Project, so I just did a¬†loop around my neighborhood.

Friday:  3.5 Miles (Pace 8:17)

Hill Repeats! ¬†I did quarter mile hill repeats near my house, I didn’t make it to November Project. ¬†I should have gone though, they run at 6:30am when it would have been much cooler. ¬†I saw one other runner out, I think most people are running early morning or late evening when it is a little cooler. ¬†My quads were a pretty¬†sore after the run today!

Saturday:  7.1 Miles (Pace 9:14)

I moved my long’er’ run to today because I was going to be busy Sunday. ¬†It was really humid, I wanted to follow the plan and get in 10 miles, but after 5 I knew that wasn’t going to be possible with the scorching heat and humidity. ¬†I was running much slower than normal and just trying to get in the mileage. ¬†When I knew quality miles weren’t going to happen anymore I decided to cut the run short. ¬†I had an encounter with a driver who didn’t know the rules of the road in Mile 1 which quickened my pace more than I wanted early on. ¬†(There will be a blog about the encounter)

Sunday:  1 Mile (Pace 9:02)

Mile legs were really sore after the first week, I used today as a shake out run to loosen up my quads. ¬†In the plan it does say you can modify the runs if needed. ¬†I don’t want to go to far off the plan, but today was one of the days I needed to, I just wanted to get a run in and keep the streak alive.

Total Miles: 23.6

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