Hello friends, and hello April!
February and March flew right by, and I am now only one month away from my first race of the year — Flying Pig Half Marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio (May 7).
I kicked off April with 16 miles this past weekend — 8 treadmill miles Saturday morning, 5 treadmill miles Sunday morning, and 3 fast miles at the C&O Canal Sunday evening. I did those 3 miles with a friend, and spent the entire time trying to keep pace with him. Wasn’t easy — I had a gasping for life moment at the end. But I survived! And I think it was good for me. I don’t push myself enough when it comes to speed and definitely need to add more speed workouts into my schedule.
Overall, training for Flying Pig has been going well. I’ve been averaging about 30-35 miles a week and incorporating at least one day of hill workouts during the week (I hear Flying Pig is a hilly course). This month, I’m aiming to bump up the weekly mileage to about 40. I figured after Flying Pig, I would continue the training schedule until my half marathon in Boston at the end of May.
Have you been to Ohio? I haven’t. And I’m kind of looking forward to it! Some people give me weird looks when I say that, thinking, “what exactly is there to do in Ohio??” Well, there’s the Flying Pig Marathon, for one. 🙂 If you have any food/activity suggestions for Cincinnati, let me know.
We’ll also be spending a little time in Dayton (for the U.S. Air Force Museum), Toledo (for the lake/river views), and Sandusky (for Cedar Point park! Wooooo roller coasters! SO excited about this.) If you have any food recommendations for those areas, too, I would love to hear ‘em.
So, I’ve got a little update on my race schedule.
I’ve been reviewing my travel plans for the year, which includes a couple of international trips (heading to Iceland in less than two weeks!), and a handful of new states. And after some thought, I’ve decided to take Rock ’n’ Roll Seattle (in June) out of the lineup. I’m a little bummed (and still not 100 percent sure I’ll skip it), but flights to Seattle are kind of high, and I’m making it a priority to stay within my $500/per race destination budget. I’m sure I’ll go over a little for some races, but a plane ticket to Seattle alone will be close to $500, so there’s no way I would stay within budget for that race.
I haven’t decided if I’ll replace Seattle with another race yet. Still looking around. Maybe the Revel Race in Denver (thanks Jen, for introducing me to the Revel series!). If you know of any good half marathons going on this summer, let me know!
Big congrats to all the runners that participated in the Cherry Blossom 5K and 10-miler this weekend! Such great weather for it! I haven’t done this race in years, but I remember it being a lot of fun. Going to have to add it to the list for next year. 🙂
What races do you have on tap for this year?