Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Yesterday, the wind was just as strong and Kyla, Britt, and I went out for a bike ride. I learned that crossing a freeway overpass with a crosswind is not exactly fun to do on a bike. Riding into the wind was almost as hard as riding up a hill. As Kyla said before hand, if we don't ride then we are sure to regret it so we might as well ride! All in all, two successful workout days and tomorrow is Thursday which means one day closer to the end of the workweek (Yeah!) and one day closer to hill repeats (Boo!) I'm hoping to get in a swim workout and maybe even a bike or run too. I hope you enjoy your Thursday!
Monday, March 29, 2010
I just started my blog two weeks ago...I am a total newbie! I had been reading blogs for the past few months and enjoyed hearing everyone's stories. My blog title is just a play on my name that originated when I was setting up my Twitter account. I started Twitter because my running club uses Twitter to post info on our weekly roaming hill workout. I was unsure what name to use and my friend suggested simply RunningWhit. For the blog title, I expanded it to Running With Whit even though I hope to also cover biking and swimming since I've gotten into triathlons. I want to thank my friend Lyndi at www.nwafoodie.blogspot.com for helping me get started with my blog. Thanks for the fun question OneLittleJill!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday I woke up with a little twinge in my foot. I first experienced this twinge a few weeks ago after the Bentonville half marathon. I decided to rest and not risk this developing into something worse. I was only planning a 7-8 mile run so I considered the longer run Friday night as covering my distance needs for the week.
Sunday I joined my friend Kyla for a swim workout. Lucky for me it was Friends and Family free days at the Fitness Center so I saved $8! The Fitness Center has one of the nicest pools in the area. Our workout totaled 2750 m except I ducked out of 150 over the course of the workout so I ended up around 2600. I am slowly relearning to do all of the swim strokes and at times it isn't pretty. I did more backstroke and fly than I have ever before! I normally only swim about 1000 - 1400 m at a time so this was quite a bit more for me. The funny thing about the workout was that I thought it was over several times and the group was actually just resting while thinking of the next set. Our workout as I sort of remember it was 400 warmup, 300 drills, 500 ladder, 700 of 50's, 300 of 75's, 300 of 50's., and some easy cool down for the remainder. I've given myself a month to be flip-turning...I don't know why I'm so hesitant to do them. Alright, hope you had a good weekend. I'm going to hit the foam roller for a bit and get ready for next week.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
*Rush Hour is the Monday speed workout put on by Mike Rush of Rush Running in Bentonville. We meet at the Old Tiger Track in Bentonville and Mike gives out a different workout each week. It is one of my favorite of our group workouts because the group is very supportive of each other whether you are the fastest or slowest runner on the track.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The race start was so much fun with a downhill start that was a sea of people. It was so exciting to see this many people participating in a race in Bentonville!
Near Memorial Park we saw the Mulkey family cheering!
The race had lots of great volunteer support including a fun water/gel stop sponsored by PowerBar at mile 8. I got lucky and saw my friend Kyla here since this stop was just a few steps from her house!
My favorite part of the race was probably these middle miles from 6-9 miles! After that it was onto the city trail for the final 4 miles to the finish and I knew I would have to face the Crystal Bridges hill. I was excited at mile 12 to see my friends Lori and Amy at the start of the hill, I just wished there had been a water stop there. Next up at the top of the hill was Jon, Nikki, and Desiree with the encouragement to go the last .75 to the finish. Overall, it was a good race but that hill was just brutal. I was glad to finish and have a decent time for having missed several key long runs due to snowy weather. My official time was 2:26:06 but since I was using this as a training run, I could also go with my Garmin time of 2:23:20 which omits my stopped time while waiting for a bathroom at mile 9.5!