Another weekend another race!
This Saturday I was in Lexington (well Mount Sterling), Kentucky for the Lexington Half Marathon. Unlike, Tuesday and Wednesday of the previous week, which were about 70 glorious degrees, Saturday was colder than the week before when I ran the Cincinnati Half Marathon… isn’t it almost April?!
When the race started it was 36 degrees and clear skies making it feel even colder. There were only about 150 people racing the half marathon, and probably equally as many doing a 5k which started after us. We all lined up on a spray paint line based on our expected finishing time. I checked out the competition and could tell there were only a couple other people that would provide me a challenge. We took off and 1 older guy snuck out ahead along with some kid, putting me in 3rd off the gun. From the looks of things, I thought I may actually be able to win this thing!
As we hit the first hill, my pace slowed and a guy behind me caught up to me. From then on out he and I ran together and were able to talk a little bit, but being that we were both pushing hard, it wasn’t too much of a “conversation”. A few miles later we passed the older the guy and the kid, putting us in first and second. This course was a mess of hills though, and they are not my strong spot! It was a straight out and back and as we hit the turnaround, the guy I was running with began to move ahead.
Going out was an overall decreasing in elevation, meaning going back would have more up hills…. And the wind was brutal! All this said though, as I hit mile 10, I was on a new PR pace. Then the last 2 miles of hills hit. They were awful! I literally spent these last 2 miles running up hill which killed my PR hopes. But as I can into the final stretch, no one was near me and I sprinted across the finish line with a time of about 1:27:30. Second Place overall and first in age group! But damnit, I could have won!! Congratulations to the winner though—he crushed his PR by like 7 minutes, so I had to give him props.
After the race I headed back to the hotel where I had my bike waiting for me! Since I can’t ride outside, I’ve been trying to brick my long workouts together on the weekend, so I hopped on for 2 solid hours of work. I thought I was going to set the chair behind the trainer on fire, but it didn’t happen, thank God.
After this, I grabbed more food and started my drive to Shelbyville, Kentucky for a sprint triathlon on Sunday. When I got to the hotel, I spent some time doing contrast heating by jumping in the hot tub and then into the pool back and forth… this actually worked I think! I wasn’t that sore on Sunday morning!
I wasn’t sore but the weather was. It basically snowed all night and when I got to the race course there was still snow on the ground. I looked at the thermometer in my car… 28 degrees. F. That. I was already feeling kind of sick from Saturday’s race in the cold and was like, “I’m going home and back to bed where it’s warm”. So I did just that.
However, I still did the “triathlon” later that day on my own. I can be bad all by myself baby! I did it the exact way it would have been in the morning, I just added some distance. After a warm up on the elliptical for 15 minutes, I did an awesome spin class bricked with a 3.5 mile run. Then I hit the pool for swim longer than the swim portion. I felt really good about this swim time too.
I’m still nervous for Wildflower in exactly 1 month. Swimming is ok- better than last year, running seems on point, but I haven’t done any of the crucial long bikes with epic runs like I was doing last year. Oh well, whatever right? I have plenty more races this year.
I’m also trying to get all my sponsors coordinated again for this year. So far, I’ve hooked up with HoneyMilk and GU and it looks like I’ll be working with Zensah again this year who make great compression apparel. I’m working with my main sponsor, Starlight Bikes, in Roanoke, Virginia, to put together a tri kit for this season with all my sponsors on it! I want it to be black with white and neon green (so it will match my race shoes- vicious right?) If any one else is reading this and is interesting in discussing a sponsorship, just shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
So as I mentioned, I tried a new recipe a few nights ago- Egg filled tomato shells! I began by halving a couple large tomatoes and cracking an egg into them, topping with some cheese, and baking them in the oven till the egg was set.
They came out pretty well, but as always when trying a recipe for the first time, you learn some lessons. The problem was the tomato “shells” were pretty soft when tying to cut into them. Next time, I think the crucial factor will be to pre-bake the tomatoes for a few minutes before cracking in the egg, so that the shells can dry out a bit…which will enhance the tomato flavor as well.
As for the rest of the week since Sunday, I had a couple easier days Monday and Tuesday with some elliptical work with a great lifting session Monday and then a solid ride on the trainer on Tuesday. Today I was exhausted again though… so after a quick power nap after work I got just what I needed- a crucial 9 mile tempo run with elliptical interviews in between! Talk about being drenched! Here’s how I did it:
- 35 minute run–5.3 miles
- 20 minutes hard elliptical
- 15 minute run–2.25 miles
- 10 minutes elliptical
- 10 minute run–1.5 miles
- 10 minutes elliptical
Finish it off with some great pushup and work and I came how and made one of the best dinners I’ve ever made! But you’ll have to wait till next post for that… Let’s just say it involved these:
Tomorrow is opening day for the Reds and Cincinnati is straight balling out about it! There is a massive parade that I think literally goes in front of my house which should be really cool to watch. Plus, tons of restaurants and bars are having specials and events. I’m working from home tomorrow, so I’m hoping to be able to check a lot of it out. I’m going to the Opening Night game this Saturday. I can’t wait, as long as it warms up a bit. Bummer though that I have to miss the VCU basketball game.
My buddy Thadd also got us some free tickets to the hockey game Friday night. He is who I am going to the baseball game with Saturday night as well. We are going to grab some food before the game as well so we can watch the VCU game, but I’m not sure where we’ll go. Which bring up the point I’m struggling with right now. I want to go somewhere fun- somewhere unique to Cincinnati that I won’t be able to have again once I leave. But I’m stressing over the fact that it might not meet “Chuck Feerick health standards” and that we’ll just go somewhere safe.
So here’s my questions for you this week:
- Do you ever go out to eat and just order what you want because it’s only ONE meal and you don’t know when you’ll have a chance to eat something like that again?
- What are you most excited about for spring? Any specific events/races or certain types of food?
Thanks reading all this- I know its long. Have an awesome rest of the week!