You may remember that back in May I was supposed to run the Frederick Running Festival half-marathon, which was postponed at the time. I had put in about 6 weeks of training before I found out it would be postponed. Over the summer we were given the options to defer our race entry to 2021 or 2022, or to run the race virtually on or before Labor Day weekend. I chose the virtual option, although I wasn’t 100% committed to running a virtual half.
Back in April I ran a virtual half which ended up being a PR (but was it really if it was a virtual race)? At the time I didn’t want to do any more virtual half-marathons. Then the heat and humidity of the summer came along and my motivation for those kinds of races went way down. It wasn’t until this week that I started thinking I may actually want to do this half. I think the slightly cooler temperatures helped with that decision.
Weekly Run Down
Monday: 5 Stroller Miles + Glutes/Core
Tuesday: 4 Stroller Miles + Glutes/Core
Wednesday: 3 Stroller Miles + Glutes/Core
Thursday: 3.2 Stroller Miles – Glutes/Core
Saturday: 13.1 Miles
Sunday: 3.7 Stroller Miles
Total: 32 miles
Week of the Frederick Running Festival Virtual Half-Marathon
For a variety of reasons, I didn’t do my usual strength training workouts this week. I did keep up with some body weight and band exercises focused the core and glutes. I also foam rolled almost every day. As the week went on and I thought I might run the half, I figured it made more sense to not do heavy lifting and just keep things easy.
Work was really busy last week so it was kind of nice to have one less thing on my plate in terms of those harder workouts. However, I’m ready to get back to lifting again this week.
Lots of Stroller Runs
As you can see from my weekly run down, we did lots of stroller runs this week. On Wednesday when we went out there was a light mist, and it started raining about a mile in. By the time I started heading back home it stopped. I don’t think Grayson minded the rain because he kept sticking his hands out from the cover that I had over him. Only his feet got wet when the cover was down.
Some days he does great in the stroller, and others its a struggle the whole time. But getting out in the mornings for a run or walk is part of a routine, so he is always willing to go out at least for a little while.
Frederick Running Festival Virtual Half-Marathon
I haven’t really done any hard workouts lately, but I’ve kept up with my long runs this summer so I felt comfortable covering the half-marathon distance. I knew I wouldn’t race it or even run it really hard. It was 65 degrees with lower humidity, which is much better than it’s been over the last few months. However, it was about 40 degrees when I did my last virtual half-marathon. Despite the warmer temps and slower pace, I did a few things better this time around:
- Later start time so I wasn’t half-asleep running at 3:56 am (I started at 5)
- Carried water with me
- Actually took the fuel I brought with me (raisins)
- Took a nap that afternoon (did I take one last time? I can’t remember but probably not)
- Ran mostly by effort and only glanced at my watch when I hit each mile split
I ran a very similar course which is pretty flat and close to home. I wore my headlamp because I didn’t want to have my Knucklelights in one hand and my water bottle in the other. On Friday I changed the battery of my headlamp, but when I got out for my run it wouldn’t turn on. I think I just need a new one. It’s been giving me trouble for awhile.
I felt like my recovery went really well and I wasn’t even sore after this race, probably because I didn’t “race” it. I’ll admit I didn’t stretch at all, but I did drink a smoothie as soon as I got home along with some Nuun before showering and having a real breakfast. On Sunday I got in some time with the foam roller.
Next up is a 10k in early October. Hopefully the weather will cooperate so I will actually be motivated enough to do some workouts before that one!
If you have done multiple virtual races, did you do anything better the second (or third) time around?
Have you been racing virtual races or just running them for fun?
Has it cooled off by you this week?