Outdoor Running is Fun (83 Miles)
Monday: 11.02 miles outdoors untimed (guestimating around a 9 minute pace)
Tuesday:   11.65 miles outdoors untimed
Wednesday: 11.08 mile run treadmill (8:08 pace_
Thursday: AM: 10.8 mile run (8:30 pace)
PM: 6.31 Tempo Run (7:17 pace)
Friday: 11.55 miles outdoors untimed in probably the most wind of my life
Saturday: 10.11 miles with Jen and Laura in Rochester. 
Sunday: Tentative: 10 miles easy
Total: 83 miles

Thoughts of the week:

I was able to get outdoors more this week than any other week (which was a nice change considering I’ve spent countless hours on the treadmill all year).   My quads are a bit more sore though due to the 300 foot hills that I am forced to run to go anywhere that involves being outside in upstate NY.  That’s fine though because I am racing the Mountain Goat 10 miler in Syracuse in two weeks which is hilly.   To give you an idea: My best time for a 10 miler 65:30 and it is extremely overzealous for me to want to break 70 minutes with a taper, but as always I will enjoy myself.  Moving on.

My runs have also been into the wind which has been why my pace has slowed down significantly.  So while I am 100% positive my pace per miles has slowed down significantly outdoors, I’m fine with that because my effort remains there(also untimed and stressless).  So that’s that.

from my race last weekend

My legs have been feeling really good throughout this entire week.  I’m hoping to keep the train going and going to do a mini taper for next weekend (Nike Half Marathon).  I leave for DC on Friday morning and I’ll stay in PA with Tim’s parents in the evening and head down to DC on Saturday where I’ll be greeted by my dad.  I actually think I’m making a small trip to visit my brother Matt as he will actually be in Baltimore at the time…so hopefully I have time to do all that.  (hastag it’s a family affair)

The race experience should be a good time overall (poor word choice) but as far as running goes, I’m not sure what to expect.  My original goal was to break 1:25 but as I rambled about last week I fear my legs are too fatigued from Shamrock and I’m not sure my legs are capable of that right now.  That’s fine because I get to see some many people, truly enjoy myself and enjoy DC.  Though my racecation is for you know…a race…it’s certainly ignited (by a lot more than the actual race) of seeing my family.

Finally, I’m also currently in the process of making a summer race schedule which I’m pretty excited for as well.

Hopefully I'll be smiling then too...
Hopefully I’ll be smiling then too…

Questions for you: 

Is your area windy?

Any exciting races this summer?