Well, the overall blog design is finished and I’m very excited to get a regular posting schedule going. Caroline from the blog Sweet Caroline created the design and layout and I couldn’t be more pleased with the end result. I highly recommend her blog design services to anyone – she was responsive, quick and made sure I was getting exactly what I wanted. Thanks, Caroline!
I still have the Electric Boat Athletic Club race review to write, but until then, I wanted to do a quick recap of the fun run Dave and I did today on base. Every month or so, MWR (the Morale, Welfare and Recreation) department of the Navy puts on a free 2.4 mile fun run for patrons of the subase. It’s low key, no frills and a nice way to get some good forced speed work in, since 2.4 miles is somewhat of an awkward distance. Usually I’m working and can’t attend the fun runs, since they’re held on weekdays in the middle of the day, but I was able to go today.
It was a small crowd of maybe 20 to 25 people. Usually fun runs attract more numbers, but I’m guessing the impending holiday had something to do with the lower turn-out. The weather was cool but not cold, with temps around 50 degrees. I wore my Adidas Boston 3′s, Darn Tough socks, Lululemon Run: Inspire crop tights and my Brooks Shamrock Marathon long sleeved tech tee. I also had my trusty Garmin 210. It wasn’t cold enough to need gloves or a hat.
The run started promptly at 11:30 AM and my husband took the lead for the first mile or so. The course is pretty unremarkable – an out and back along the waterfront, with some rolling hills in the beginning that you end up hitting twice. You run by all the submarines that are in getting worked on, which is cool. I felt good, despite running straight into a headwind, and hit the first mile in 6:57. I’ve been struggling for the past year with cramps and was able to avoid them this time. I was the first female by a significant amount and the 5th runner overall. My husband eventually slipped back into 3rd place. The next mile featured the turn around at the back gate and was mostly flat. I stayed consistent and my 2nd mile was 6:58. We hit the rollers right after 2.4 miles and I was feeling fatigued from the previous 2 miles. I almost gained on the guy in front of me but he kicked it to the end. I’m not sure what I did the last 0.4 in but I finished around 16:40 with an average pace of 7:00 for the whole thing.
Since I was the first female, I won a 13 pound Butterball turkey, which we’re currently trying to figure out what to do with, as I already bought our Thanksgiving turkey yesterday at Whole Foods. Dave ended up being the 4th runner overall and is getting faster every time. I’m looking forward to the Madison Turkey Trot on Thursday morning. I want to try and place in my age group, which is an aggressive goal given the size of the race (around 2500 people) but I’ve been getting in some really great workouts and the course is pancake flat for the entire 5 miles.
After the fun run, I ran an additional 1.6 miles and hung out at Dave’s office for awhile, where they had a big command potluck for Thanksgiving. Can’t beat finishing a good run with a buffet of Thanksgiving sides and desserts that you didn’t have to cook yourself!
As for Thanksgiving itself, we’re staying in Connecticut and my mom and brother are coming up to celebrate. I’m looking forward to relaxing with them and hopefully adding some posts under the “Exploring CT/RI” tab, since we’re planning on getting to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum on Friday. Coming up, I’ll have a full report of Thursday’s race, the EBAC race from November 10 and some reviews on my favorite shoes to run in (because, after working at a running store, I have a lot!)
Best of luck to all of you Turkey Trotting this week!