Mother Nature has been very indecisive lately. For a while Philadelphia had gorgeous weather, then it was cold and snowy again, then it was rainy, then it was beautiful, then it was windy (and still is). But it’s finally spring, I think.
Tomorrow I’ll be posting a recap of the Run for Babies 5k, but for now I’ll say that I’m pretty pleased with my overall performance, although I did learn a lot about 5k strategy and pacing (the 5k has been and will continue to be my trickiest race distance).
With the exception of my 5k today and some intense hill work on Tuesday (my body is not used to hill repeats anymore! I have a lot to work on before the fall race season), I’ve been keeping it chill. This past week ended up being an unintentional taper for Broad Street—I only ran 10 miles total. Yikes! After Broad Street I’ll be increasing my mileage and working on speed (ugh) and more hills, so I’m enjoying the rest while it lasts.
I’m not stressing at all. I am just happy to have the chance to run Broad Street again and to run it in good health. Anything more than that is icing on the cake.
Since there hasn’t been loads of running, I’ve been filling my hours with the usual work work and housework, and I’ve been reveling in all the seasonal excitement in the Philly area.
Last weekend I marveled at the beautiful cherry blossoms and other flowering trees on Penn’s campus and along the Schuylkill River Trail…
And this weekend I made it to my very first Penn Relays! I am ashamed of myself for never going before, but I will certainly be attending in future years. I was only at the meet for a few short hours, but I had a blast, especially watching the Masters runners. I hope I’m as lithe and energetic when I grow up as those athletes are!
Yesterday I made it back out to one of my favorite Philly places, Valley Forge. I am a city girl, but I LOVE seeing countryside. My friend D. and I had quite the hike out there: 7.5+ miles, and my Fitbit credited me with 113 flights of stairs! Translation: we had some major elevation gain, y’all.
This week I’ll be prepping for Broad Street, which means getting more sleep and more food.
What do you have on tap for the end of the month?