A few more tidbits about the Blacksburg Classic 10 Mile: there were 194 participants in the 5K and 267 in the 10 miler. How cool is that?? I haven’t looked at any stats, but I don’t think it’s common to have more participants in the longer option, especially with a smaller local race. There were also 29 runners who finished in 1:10 or under. This area has some pretty fast runners! I dream of being that fast.
What do you think of the new design and layout? I tried to clean things up a bit and spread stuff out by putting a sidebar on each side of the post. I also added a “contact” page. I really like the mountain background, too. It reminds me of the area we live in:
|Mountain overlook near our house|
|Other side of the overlook near our house|
|View from our back deck
Today started out really cold, with the temperature in the teens this morning. I had the day off work (Happy President’s Day!) and started off by taking my car to an early appointment to get my state inspection. I spent the rest of the morning enjoying some coffee, re-designing my blog, and catching up on other blogs. This afternoon I did my weekly cleaning and my first ever Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred workout!
I got the DVD for Christmas but hadn’t opened it until now because honestly Jillian scares me. She is intense. I did the level 1 workout and it was tough. I think I’m going to try and actually do the workouts for 30 days and see where it gets me. I should invest in some hand weights- today I used two cans of apple pie filling (the heaviest canned food we had two of). It seems a little ironic to work out with apple pie filling, haha.
It warmed up nicely into the low 50’s today, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take the dogs on a walk. Once Barry got home from work, we headed out to the state park trail. Hank and Scout did lots of sniffing- bloodhounds are known for their noses and are amazing trackers. Did you know they are one of the few breeds who’s testimony can be upheld in a court of law?
Tomorrow it’s back to work and back to following a more specific training plan for my upcoming half marathon- the Blue Ridge Half Marathon on April 20! Since I started this blog I have just kind of been running whatever distance I felt like on whatever days the weather allowed me to run. I do a lot better when I am following a predetermined training plan, though. My typical training plan has me cross training on Mondays, running Tues. through Thurs., and doing a long run on the weekend, so that’s what I’ll be doing. Different things work for different people, and this works for me.