Saturday dawned a gorgeous day and not even a nagging headache could make me want to stay inside. A short morning run in the sand and Boot Camp were both breezy and cool with a typically beautiful sunrise to match the weather that came with The Great Cool Down. After a Saturday afternoon nap that managed to clear out my nagging three day old headache and a few very exciting loads of laundry, it was off to a lovely dinner at Rudee’s on the Inlet (I review it here) and a few games of darts in the garage before heading to bed in preparation for a big beach morning. It wasn’t, and isn’t, very sunny today, likely due to the predicted rain this afternoon, but the clouds kept the crowds away and I was able to accomplish my goal of finishing A Dance with Dragons with only the sound of waves to distract me.
Checking the last page of A Dance with Dragons off my list was the icing on the ‘get stuff done’ list, as a great week of workouts finished up yesterday with three miles in the sand as a final prep in the sand for next Sunday’s Fall 2013 season opener, the Sandbar 5K. Recently, all of my training in the sand has been barefoot, but as I mentioned last week, I plan to race shod in a pair of old runners. I wanted to get back into shoes for a training run because I know how much my stride changed when I took them off and could only assume it would change again with them back on. It did. My pace increased in the packed sand and the deep stuff was slightly easier to navigate, so I’m happy I’ve decided to race with my rubber soled friends. This first race week of the Fall season will feature interval speed work, two short, hard runs at 2 and 4 miles, one day of strength training and only one day of rest before the race. Before a half marathon, I finish running three days before the race and take two days to let my muscles recover before running 13.1 hard miles, but for a short run like the Sandbar, I should be alright with just one. If I don’t feel good about the race afterwards, I’ll have to sit back and figure out why, then chalk it up to the learning curve.
Something I definitely feel good about, however, is finishing A Dance with Dragons. Regrettably, closing the cover of it has left me yearning for the sixth tome of George R.R. Martin’s epic to hit his publisher’s desk, but it sounds like it might be a while. I’ve made mention of the book along the way, but now that it’s all wrapped up, my official review is here. Next on the shelf is Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose, a best seller told from a dog’s eye view of the world. Like Marley and Me and The Art of Racing in the Rain, I expect a few tearful moments but an overall delightful story.
Now it’s on to Race Week and work to finish prepping for the launch of FitNicePT’s newest program, the Virginia Beach Mother Runners, on August 1st. The next seven days look to be fairly exciting, and I’m ready to get Fall 2013 under way!