CUCB 2018 Race Ambassadors

Hi friends! No weekly wrap this week because I was sick most of last week, so it wasn’t very exciting. I’ll recap last week and this current week (which isn’t going any better than last week so far) next week!

However, I wanted to pop in and say congratulations to the 2018 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run race ambassadors that were announced today!

I had an awesome time last year as an ambassador and I can’t wait to see this group rock their training and races!

Friday Five: Cherry Blossom Goals

3BlackCatCo_CUCB_GoalsIt’s Race Weekend! We’ve made it! It will be a busy weekend for me and I can’t wait to share it with you! Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram Stories where I’ll be posting throughout the weekend! On Friday, I will be volunteering at t-shirt distribution at the expo and attending the volunteer appreciation dinner. On Saturday, as a race ambassador I was invited to the 45th Running Celebration Dinner. And then the race on Sunday with the Post-Race Brunch! Whew! I’m so excited! I have a few goals for the race and the weekend that are below! (and for those counting, that was just six exclamation marks in that paragraph…)

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Cherry Blossom Training – Week 9

 It’s race week! Week 9 saw a little more running – I managed to run twice. Which was a 100% improvement over last week when I only ran once (and it showed). But now, it’s time to get ready to race. I’m working on a post for later this week sharing some goals for the race and how I’m preparing. The CUCB Social Media team also shared some tips to run your best race.

I’m loving Kim’s course guide, complete with even where the photographers and how to take your best race photo. I will be studying her guide over the next few days as I get ready to race! Do you have any race week traditions or do anything special when you’re preparing for a race?
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Cherry Blossom Training – Week 8

We are just 10 days away from race day! When you do start to prepare for your races? I’m starting to think about how I’m getting to the starting line (especially since the Metro will not be opening early for the race), how I want to tackle the expo and all of the fun events happening race weekend! I also am thinking about preparing my body with lots of rest, water and stretching.

I’ve spent the last few days this week getting ready and then moving into our new house. Unfortunately, my training hasn’t been that awesome the last few weeks. I find that I have a tendency to do this in a training program – especially around the middle of a typical 16 week half or full marathon plan. With the Cherry Blossom training program only lasting ten weeks, this lack of effort is falling right before the race. Hopefully now that we’re settled into the new house, I can get out there and make the last week and a half count!
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Cherry Blossom Training – Weeks 6 & 7

3blackcatco_cucb_week2Hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The last two weeks have been a bit busy – I’ve been feeling a little under the weather , but the bigger news is that Roswell and I bought a house! So we’ve been going between the apartment and the house as we get ready to move. I’m looking forward to sharing more as we get the house some much needed TLC and getting to know our new neighborhood.

Did you see my post on the Cherry Blossom blog? Volunteering is a passion of mine and I could literally give you a twenty page paper I wrote on it. I’ll spare you the twenty page paper, but hope you’ll check out all of the amazing volunteer opportunities that the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run offers for runners and non-runners alike. CUCB still needs volunteers for Friday & Saturday if you’re running the race, as well as Sunday if you didn’t get in this year and want to guarantee your place (or your favorite runner’s place) next year. Two more long runs until race day! How do you start to prepare for race day?

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Cherry Blossom Training – Week 5

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We got a brief taste of spring this week! The weather was gorgeous (almost too warm for a mid-day run) and I managed to get away from my desk at lunch twice for runs. I felt a little crummy during my run on Friday, so I was happy to have a rest day on Saturday. The weather cooled on Sunday, but I thought it was perfect running weather and I got a solid 7 mile training run in!

There is a lot of stuff happening in the CUCB world tomorrow (February 28) – make sure you don’t miss anything!

Okay – so here’s what my last week looked like:

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Cherry Blossom Training – Week 4

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It’s recovery week for Cherry Blossom training – the one and only in this training program! So runs are a little bit slower, more rest is taken, etc. I have to say I’m so glad this was a recovery week, because otherwise I had no excuse for over sleeping every morning. I’m not sure what it was about this week, but I couldn’t manage to make it the gym once in morning. I still went after work, but it’s more crowded and I didn’t reach my goal of 2 yoga and 2 strength classes (just one of each this week).

I did run three times, including a speed workout at the track, as well as cross trained on the elliptical, so I’ll call that a win. I’m still struggling to make time for foam rolling and stretching. Anyone have any tips in incorporating that into my routine?

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Cherry Blossom Training – Week 3

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Training is going pretty steadily after week three. I’m happy with building my long run distance; however, I’d also like to slowly build up my weekly mileage as well. I would like to add an additional day of running in the week, but just a short distance. Time is definitely at a premium though, so I want to make sure I’m getting enough rest as well. I’m still working on foam rolling and stretching daily – sometimes my bed is just calling my name too loudly at night!
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Cherry Blossom Training – Week 2

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I had such a great week last week! Even though I did miss my Monday yoga class and I didn’t meet my goal of foam rolling daily, I managed 6 workouts, including two strength classes, a yoga class and three runs. I felt really confident going into my Sunday run, and I felt very accomplished after I finished my week strong. How was your week?

Tonight’s the night! I am looking forward to the Medstar Sports Educational Seminar tonight on “Common Running Injuries and Options for Training Through Them.” I hope you’ll consider joining me on tonight (February 7) – but be sure to RSVP since this is an interactive session and they want to make sure they have enough room!

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