Happy April Fools’ Day! It feels like I haven’t caught up with you in a while! I was away at the National Society of Black Engineers Annual Convention in Anaheim, California! It’s a fantastic conference that I attended for professional development and networking opportunities with other technical professionals. But the NSBE Convention is also geared towards grade school and high school students, college and graduate school students to attend workshops, participate in STEM competitions, present research, and so much more. I had an AMAZING time reuniting with old friends that moved away from Philly for new job opportunities, and seeing old classmates from Penn. Not to mention, I got to go to the beach! The weather was serene and I was happy to get 2 days of my Cherry Blossom Training accomplished in the warmth and sunshine!Cherry Blossom Training Week 9, in sunny California! #wowlinkup #runchat Click To Tweet
Wednesday 3/25: My 11 mile long run! I had just gotten to Anaheim around 5 pm and I decided to go for my run at 6:30 pm. Of course I discover that sunset is around 7 pm..eek. I ran to the Santa Ana River Trail, which was about 2.5 miles away from my hotel. It wasn’t the most scenic route to get there, but the trail itself was decent. Too bad the river is all dried up thanks to the drought! The temperature was in the upper 80’s so it definitely took its toll, slowing me down quite a bit! But at least I can say I ran past Disneyland!
Thursday 3/26: Rest day and more conference fun (aka suffering in heels all day!)
Friday 3/27: I went to the hotel gym which unfortunately cost $16 a day but was able to get in for free! I was slated to do speedwork: 1-mile warm-up and 3 miles at 10:20 pace. The run went really well! And afterwards I was happy to have access to a foam roller!
Saturday 3/28: In the morning I did an hour of the Rhythm Rumble Workout with fellow conference attendees. It was unlike anything I’ve ever done! We had these sticks and had to do these rhythmic moves to a rocking African beat: first by ourselves, then with a partner, and then it got increasingly more complicated! It was fun, but my back is STILL hurting from the workout! After Rhythm Rumble, I ran to my friend David’s hotel to meet him for a run. He ended up doing less than 2 miles and I ran 4 total. It was another super hot day!
Sunday 3/29: A very, very long traveling day from Anaheim to LAX to Newark, to Philly.
Monday 3/30: On Sunday I started to feel some sinus problems, a combination of congestion and a runny nose. I never got much sleep while in Cali, and I never adjusted to Pacific time. So I tried to get as much sleep as possible after work.
Tuesday 3/31: Boot Camp Class, which was very abs-centric (which I’m sure I will feel tomorrow!). I hadn’t been to class in a couple of weeks so I felt a bit weaker than usual and my sinus issues didn’t help matters. After that I ran 3 miles on the treadmill, which was a bit of a struggle but it got done!
I have to say that I have no real complaints for this past week of race training. I was determined to make sure that I had a productive training week even though I was out of town, and I did! The 11-mile run was a huge accomplishment for me! I just wish that I didn’t run out of water because I was really feeling weak at points, which was a bit scary since I was running alone in the dark. Thank God I was able to stay safe!
The Cherry Blossom Run is 11 days away. I can’t believe it! I’m super excited to finally run this race, but I am nervous too! We received an email update yesterday with more details…it’s getting real, y’all! Are you running or watching the Cherry Blossom Race in DC? If so, let me know…I’d love to meet you!
So I will give this past week an A-. I have only one long run left and then it’s taper time…then it’s race time! Check me out on Instagram that weekend to be one of the first to find out how it all goes!