Thursday, May 28, 2009

Where have I been?

Well it's been almost three weeks since I blogged last. Where have I been!
Well, after the Gettysburg trip, I had a another work trip to Portland ME. I ran a 5 mile loop around the Back Bay (or Back Cove as they now call it - someone explain that to me please!) while in Portland. I ran with a colleague of mine who is a FAST runner and it took me 4 days to recover! I was so sore!
I've been keeping up with the 10k plan for the the most part. I've been trying to run 3 days a week at the minimum. It's been going well. No major IT band issues. I feel a twinge on runs longer that 5 miles, but no ice pick pain (knock on wood!) My pace seems slow, but looking at my logs for last year, I seem to be about the same. I think everyone else in my running group just got faster! I blame the 15lbs I can't seem to drop since my wedding! I think once I lose that, I will be a speed demon!

Last Sunday was the start of the race season with the Red Hook 5k. It was my 3rd running the race and the 2nd best time (last year I got a 5k PR.) The weather was perfect for running - 70 degrees, overcast, and a slight breeze. I was on pace for another PR this year, but I "bonked" on the last 3/4 mile, which is the only hill in the race. Hills have been giving me trouble lately!

Tonight I finished my longest run since my half marathon 2 years ago. 6.6 miles! It felt good even in the rain! 2 weeks until the 10k!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Run Gettysburg

So last week I was in Gettysburg for work. If you have to travel for work, Gettysburg isn't half bad. It was like a mini-vacation/school trip combined with 3 days of meetings and 21 hours in a van. Sounds like fun, doesn't it!

I managed one run while I was there, and I thought I'd share my run with all 4 of my readers. From my room at the good ole Travellodge (highly recommended!), it was just a few steps to the Battlefield. I hit the road at 6:15 AM along Cemetery ridge. I vaguely remembered from my last trip to Gettysburg (1989 or so) that there were a few ridges and hills that were part of the battle. Yup, there are a few hills in Gettysburg! I climbed for about a 1/2 mile then down, down, down to the Pennsylvania Memorial (the big dome.) On the way down the hill,I ran into a couple out for a morning run (And I thought I was the only one with this brilliant idea!) They waved and asked if I knew where the trail was. I shrugged. They gestured for me to go ahead of them, and I smiled and said, "I'm sure I'm slower than you." Boy was I a flash, they were gone!
I ran around the dome and up the road towards this rock that caught my was actually a monument(to the left of the barn). I have to say it was the strangest and coolest monument I saw in Gettysburg(and there are 1,300 on the battlefield!) I later found out it was Roxbury Puddingstone placed there for the 20th Massachusetts Regiment. Now that's a cool use of a "Rock"

It was getting late (and I'm slow,) so I turned and headed back to the Travellodge so I could get ready for my day of meetings. I cut through the site of the old Visitor's center and Cyclorama. The visitor's center has been demo'ed, but the Cyclorama is still standing (something about a lawsuit because it has some historic architectural significance - it was built by a pupal of Frank Lloyd Wright.) A new visitor's center opened last year - it's very cool!
Instead of heading back the way I came, I jumped the fence to the Gettysburg Cemetery for the last part of my run. It was here Lincoln spoke the Gettysburg address. So surreal. What a quiet, peaceful way to start my day.