Hi all! Hope your weekend is going well. I stopped by yesterday with 10 Signs You’re on a Hot Run in case you missed it 🙂
I’m here today with a weekly recap of training for the Anthem Richmond Marathon in Richmond, Virginia! Yep, if you missed it, I have registered for my 20th marathon. It will be on November 14th.
The Anthem Richmond Marathon is flat and fast and ideally, it will be my chance to qualify for Boston. I ran a 3:41:52 at Grandma’s Marathon. All I need is a 3:39:59 to qualify for Boston…to QUALIFY that is. Registering will be a whole different ballgame. I’ll need something more like a 3:38:30 to potentially register for Boston 2017.
So, that’s my new goal, and the Anthem Richmond Marathon is 18 weeks away, so let’s call this week 1 of training.
Monday: I ran with the Calhoun Beach Club after work. It had been a little while (since before Grandma’s Marathon) I had 6x1200m repeats on the schedule at a 7:45 pace. I started off strong, but the high heat and humidity caused this workout to be a big ol’ FAIL. That humidity/heat will get you. Or at least me. It got me.
Tuesday: Easy 5 miles with Matilda the vizsla in the morning. I went super slow and let Matilda take a lot of breaks.
Wednesday: Easy 5 miles with a few friends in the morning. In the evening, I hosted a belated potluck for all the Grandma’s Marathon ladies from my run club. What an awesome group of strong women.
Thursday: Rest day from running. I squeezed in a 1-hour barre class at The Barre in Edina (LOVE that place) That evening, the awesome folks at Sound Probiotics took Dustin and me out to dinner at Burch restaurant, along with Erin from sweet sweat life and her man Nick. It was a BLAST. If you like steak, Burch is the place to go, but I’ll be honest, I went with a pizza. I couldn’t help it! Put arugula and some cheese on some crust and I’m sold.
Friday: My first Flapjack Friday at Mill City Running! My friend Monica and I have been trying to coordinate a Friday that we could go check this out. Every Friday morning at 6:30 am, Mill City Running hosts a free run followed by fresh pancakes.
There were a ton of people there this week, partly because it was the two-year anniversary of Flapjack Friday. I ran into Sara from Sweaty Ponytail (who wrote this awesome post about where to run in Philadelphia, in case you missed it), Meggan from the Yoga Garage, and Nathan from Minneapolis Running. What a great Friday morning! I wish I could do it every week, but it was a little stressful trying to shower and still make it to work at a reasonable time. Worth the rush/stress though!
Saturday: 13 mile long run. HOT, HOT, HOT. Minneapolis had a huge storm Friday night and a lot of people lost power, including us. I didn’t sleep that well the night before (no air conditioning, no fans = no sleep). I couldn’t even do my normal morning long run routine since we couldn’t make coffee or use the toaster…AH! With no power, we “had” to head to brunch after the run at Blackbird (yum!). Fortunately, by early afternoon, our power was back…thank goodness! Yet our air conditioner is broken, so it’s been a hot weekend. Hoping that it gets fixed tomorrow.
By the way, when we get bad storms, Matilda likes to hang out in the bathtub. So strange!
Sunday: 3 mile easy recovery run with Matilda, another 1-hour barre class at the Barre in Edina. I’m on a roll- two times in one week! I forgot how much I love the Barre. I wrote THIS POST all about why runners should take barre classes. There are so many reasons why its a perfect complement to running.
Total: About 37 miles, 2 barre classes
It was a good week of training!
Later this afternoon, we met some friends at Red Barn Pizza Farm to enjoy the beautiful weather.
Though we had quite a long wait (it was so busy there!), the fresh pizza was definitely worth it, and the company was awesome. Happy birthday Christie!
Have you been to a pizza farm?
Any strange dog behavior during a storm?
Pizza?!? Sacrilege!! Red meat is a great source of iron for us runners, you know!! 🙂
I know…the steaks looked really good, but their pizza is also awesome!
We don’t get a ton of storms here, so Harvey has no problems that way. When he got his snakebite though, he also went into the bathtub, just like Matilda. We couldn’t figure out why he would do that since he really hates baths. Maybe he wanted us to wash off his snakebite? Who knows!
That is so interesting that Harvey went into the tub after his snakebite…I wonder why- Scallywag has some theories in her comment below, but none of those would make sense for a snake bite! Crazy…
Why don’t you get very many storms in Montana? Based on the location with regards to the mountains, do they all dissipate somehow before they reach you? We have had some very intense storms this summer, with Friday night’s being one of the strongest for sure.
I have wondered if it does have something to do with their wolfy ancestry… I don’t know. I wish dogs could just tell us what’s on their mind sometimes!
Other parts of the state get more storms, but where we are in Montana is very dry. We’re actually considered high-plains desert, so it just does not rain or storm much here at all.
I don’t own a dog but I know there are several hypotheses about the bathtub thing (and its common enough to have hypotheses!): 1) that its a cave-like small hiding space and wolfy ancestors would have hidden from storms in caves, 2) that the tiling deadens the noise and bathrooms are often inside the home walls and may even not have windows in some homes, and bathrooms echo noise from within so the dog can hear themselves and their home better as compared to the storm 3) that the tiling and metal pipes in walls and bathtub may reduce the… Read more »
WOW- these theories are really interesting. You know a lot of random facts Scallywags, haha! Thanks for sharing.
I know that during a tornado some people say that the tub is the most secure place to go in lieu of a basement (no windows, middle of the house, etc) and I thought maybe Matilda could sense that too. So many theories out there 🙂
Thursday was a TON of fun! So great to finally meet you, Jessie! Looking forward to the next get together 🙂
Matilda looks so scared! Poor baby! (I got some velcro vizsla time on Saturday with Lucy :).) Anyway, those were some serious storms… no wonder she was!
And, the pizza farm! I just heard about it from my friend Sarah, who had dinner there yesterday… sounds SO good!
Great to meet you and Nick in person! I had a great time and maybe I can keep up on one of your easy runs sometime 🙂
Glad you got some velcro vizsla time with Lucy (and your cute niece!)
I definitely recommend Red Barn Pizza Farm, but they only do pizzas every 3rd Sunday of the month, or Wednesday nights (which would be hard to get to in Northfield after work) Sundays are busy, but a lot of fun!
Great to see you Friday! I thought everybody went into the tub during a storm. Not that we ever get storms here… Just earthquakes.
🙂 Great to see you too and looking forward to sharing your AWESOME Where to Run in Portland post tomorrow! You are lucky to live in such a great running city (though of course Minneapolis is still better)
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