This was a fun weekend of virtual running events: The Brooks Camp Run Happy Weekend! I’ll share more about what that was all about in a moment. It was also the Race Across Maryland Week 5. I can’t believe how close I’m getting to wrapping up my miles and its only mid-July. However, my goal for this was to get in the 250 miles with all running miles, so I have a few more weeks to go.
Weekly Run Down
Monday: Strength Training + 5.1 Mile Stroller Run + 1.9 Mile Walk
Tuesday: 7.1 Miles with Speed Ladder Workout + 2 Mile Walk
Wednesday: Strength Training + 3.6 Stroller Miles + .7 Mile Walk
Thursday: Rest Day + 4 Mile Walk
Friday: 10 Miles + 1.8 Mile Walk
Saturday: 4.1 Stroller Miles + Core Work + .7 Mile Walk
Sunday: 4.7 Stroller Miles + Hip/Glute Exercises
Weekly Run Miles: 34.1
Weekly Walk Miles: 11.1
Total Race Across MD Miles: 211.1/250
Speed Ladder Workout
This one definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone. The purpose was to be running short intervals at faster than 1 mile pace. Well, most of my intervals were not faster than that pace but it definitely got me practicing those faster paces. I’ve mentioned before that sometimes I feel like my legs just can’t turn over fast enough. Hopefully intervals like this will help. I ran 4 sets of 400, 300, 200 repeats for a total of just over 7 miles with the warm-up and cool down.
Long Run in the Rain
I decided to do my long run on Friday this week. I saw there was a chance of some rain on Friday morning, so my logic was that I could run in the rain solo, but not with the stroller. When I started out it was warm and humid. At mile 5 out of nowhere the skies opened and there was a huge torrential downpour. It lasted about 5 minutes before settling down for a little while. It was so bad that I was having trouble seeing where I was going. (No headlamp these days since it gets light out so early.) I debated heading home but knew it would be really tough to switch to the treadmill.
After that initial downpour it rained off and off for the rest of the run. It got bad again a few times but not as bad as that first round. I had planned to run 10 miles but settled for 9.5 because that’s all I had time for.
Brooks Camp Run Happy Weekend
As a Brooks ambassador I had the chance to participate in their virtual Camp Run Happy retreat. Initially this event was supposed to take place in person, but that didn’t happen for obvious reasons. Instead, we were mailed these kits with our “camping supplies” and provided with a weekend itinerary of things to do virtually, both as a group and on our own.
Most of the sessions that we would have attended in person were pre-recorded so we could watch them throughout the week. I watched several of them on my phone while out out walks. Some of my favorites weres Sports Nutrition with Roxanne Vogel (Sports Nutritionist and Research Manager at Gu) and What’s Brewing? with Des Linden, where she taught us how to make the perfect cup of French Press coffee while chatting about racing, recovery, cross-training, and more.
On Friday night we had a virtual happy hour. It was a large group, so after a brief intro from our camp counselors we went into breakout rooms to chat in small groups of 6 or less. Then there was a musical performance by two of our ambassadors, “Stray Local”. They are so talented! On Saturday we could do a virtual run on our own but were provided with warm-up from our team coach. There were a couple of live sessions later that day.
It’s disappointing that we couldn’t do this even in person, but Brooks did a great job of making it virtual!
How were your workouts last week?
Would you prefer real camping or virtual camping?
Ever get caught in a downpour on a run?