It’s hard to believe that I’m only four weeks out from the Grand Tetons Half Marathon, my big race of the season. Even though I have no intentions of racing the thing, it’s going to be epic! I haven’t been to the Tetons since we lived in Utah, and Jackson Hole was an easy day trip. Training is going well, as in I feel strong, but not necessarily fast.

Before moving on to my week of training, I’ll share a little about my visit with my buddy!

Last Sunday, Bill and I went to Arlington to have brunch with our son Daniel and his girlfriend Jess. Pablo was happy to see us and thrilled to perform tricks in exchange for treats. His new thing is that when he sees anyone get a treat out of the container, he sits, lies down, and puts his paw out to shake before you even ask him to perform. He’s so focused on the treat that he just starts doing tricks to get it sooner. It’s the cutest thing!

He especially loves these gingerbread man shaped peanut butter treats my friend Betty got for him. He’s definitely a loved and spoiled pup!

 

Tuesday morning my friends met me for hill repeats on a hill that’s quite popular with area runners (it’s the same one I always do my repeats on). We started at 5:30 while it was still dark and joined eight other runners from another local running group already on the hill. It was so cool to gaze down the hill from the top and see twelve headlamps at various places looking more like fireflies than runners.

 

On Wednesday, I met my friends on the W&OD Trail for an early run. It was nice to get out of my neighborhood and to push myself a little more than I have been. Luckily for me, Angela still had tired legs from Ragnar Trail Richmond the previous weekend and didn’t push as hard as usual on the back half. I can’t tell you how nice it is to be back with my girls!

On Saturday, I ran my much anticipated Fiesta 5K. Bill joined me to take pictures at the start and finish line. Here’s just one of the amazing captures he got! I’m hoping to get my recap posted on Thursday, so stay tuned! In the meantime, spoiler alert, Beth (left) and I both won our age groups!

I ran a little over a mile before the race to warm up, and then tacked on a little more when I got home to get six miles in for the day. Can I just say my legs were shot after pushing so hard during the race!

Photo credit: Bill

In case you’re wondering why I’m so late getting this posted today, I worked in our yard for about five hours today, but that’s cross-training that will have to wait until next week to be discussed!

And that’s a wrap…

 

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…

 

Looking ahead to this coming week…

  • Tuesday – I’ll be sharing my interview with Ray Pugsley, co-owner of Potomac River Running Store in my Spotlight on Local Athletes series.
  • Thursday – I hope to have my Fiesta 5K recap ready to post!
  • Saturday or Sunday – I have a fun throwback recap of the Nike Women’s 8K I ran in DC back in 1989. It’s full of pictures and boy do I look like a youngster! 😀

 

In addition to what I mentioned above, here’s a complete run-down of my workouts (completed mostly in our home gym) from this past week…

 

  • Questions:
  • Do you have a big hill in your community where runners gather for repeats? 
  • If you have a dog, what are his favorite treats?
  • Did you race this weekend? 

 

Have a great week!

 

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I’m linking up with Holly at HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking The Long Way Home for their Weekly Wrap. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!

 

I’m also linking up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC for her Training Recap linkup. Be sure to check out how Courtney the other great bloggers joining the linkup are doing on their spring marathon and half marathon training.

 

Happy Running! ~ Deb