Got Questions? Get Answers!

Do you have questions about running? If you just started a running program or are doing it regularly, I bet there are things you are wondering about. I’ll be taking your questions and getting answers from the experts for a post. Ask me anything you’ve ever wanted to know about running!

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A Course and a Cake

We are now less than 36 hours from the 5K start time (Midnight on Saturday, March 17). I’m not running today, since I have to work and make a cake (five-layer, white chocolate lemon cake with lemon curd filling and lemon Swiss meringue buttercream – photos and recipe to be posted soon), but I thought I would share a map of the 5K course, so you can pretend like you’re running along beside me and Julie while actually laying in your nice, soft bed in a temperature-controlled room, or perhaps even sleeping – if you really want to rub it in.

This is the course we have been running at Arena Park for the past week, in preparation for the event tomorrow night. I’m not positive which direction we will be running (clockwise or counter-clockwise), but the distance is the same either way.

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New Time Record!

Yesterday was so gorgeous we decided to run outside after I got off work. Such a better idea than getting up before the sun today. 🙂

We ran at the park where the 5K will be held on Friday night — just four days away now! I found a map of the course, but we aren’t sure which direction we’ll be running the race, so we ran counter-clockwise last Friday and clockwise yesterday. Because we are so close to the event, we have started tapering our workouts this week. So, full 3.1 miles on Friday reduced to 2.1 yesterday. Tomorrow we will run for 20 minutes.

Although beautiful, yesterday was extremely windy. The longest straight stretch of the course had us directly facing the gale-force winds. Even with that resistance (it felt like running through a swimming pool), we still improved our pace from 10 minutes, 58 seconds per mile to 10 minutes, 16 seconds! Not quite the pace we’re hoping for, but much improved!

On a different note, I ran across this article on Twitter today and wanted to share: “6 Running Myth Busters” from Active.com.

I guess this means we shouldn’t pig out at Olive Garden on Friday before the race, Julie.

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