Goals for the Philly Love Run Half Marathon Relay

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | training

Apr 06

It’s been a few years since I’ve had races on back-to-back weekends, and yet, here we are.

I just finished writing a recap for my amazing Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and now one week later, I’m heading to the Love Run Half Marathon Relay.  I’m really excited about this unique race because it’s all about having fun!

As usual, I’m linking up with Annmarie at The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie at Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced, Michelle at Fruition Fitness, and Nicole at Fitful Focus for Wild Workout Wednesday! Check any of their sites for some awesome and effective workouts!

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It's hard to believe it's time for the Love Run Half Marathon, and I'm doing the 3-team relay! Check out my goals, and more running fun on runwithnoregrets.com!

Goals for the Philly Love Run Half Marathon Relay:

The Philly Love Run Half Marathon is almost here!  If you’ve been reading the blog, you have seen that I have been promoting this race for several months now, first unofficially, and now officially as a Love Run Ambassador.  The race is now sold out!  And there should be a great crowd ready for some fun.

The winners of the free entries to the Love Run Half Marathon have been announced and contacted.  Congratulations to the winners!

I am running the Love Run’s first ever half marathon relay with Bret and my good running buddy Mark.  I’m really excited to try something new.

Racing Strategy:

After having a successful race last weekend, I’m not going to worry about sticking to a particular racing strategy at the Love Run.  I plan to be the final leg of the relay running 3.6 miles and I simply want to enjoy the run with no expectations!  Mark will kick it off with the first 3.9 miles and Bret will get the majority of the mileage in the middle.  Hopefully, I don’t get any bad flashbacks to high school track…I was always miserable when I ran the 4×400.

Fueling and Hydration:

Since my race leg is barely longer than a 5K, I won’t need to use any fuel.  I’ll use this race as an opportunity to test my Orange Mud Hydraquiver in action.  I haven’t used it in a while and I still need to get comfortable with putting the bottle back on my pack after taking a drink.  However, since it is going to be really cold in the morning (low 30’s? Seriously??), guzzling cold water may not be high on my priorities.  I’ll have to make sure I stay warm while I’m waiting for my turn to run!  At least there won’t be rain at the race this year!

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Workouts for the Week:

Wednesday 3/30:  I ended up having a 12-hour work day so I didn’t get to go to weight training class or open softball practice.  It was for the bes,t though – I was still sore from Monday’s Boot Camp class.  Too many squats!

Thursday 3/31:  Bret and I had one last run before Cherry Blossom – about 3.5 very slow miles.  And yes, I was still sore.

Friday 4/1:  Rest!  And my body was starting to feel back to normal.

Saturday 4/2:  Lots of walking in DC!  We went to the Natural History Museum and the race Expo at the National Building Museum and did a lot of back and forth to and from the hotel.  I was a little worried I had too much time on my feet.

Sunday 4/3:  The Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler!  After the race, my legs felt dead for the rest of the day and I got plenty of sleep on the way back from DC!

Monday 4/4:  Surprisingly, my soreness was almost completely gone!  Maybe compression socks actually work?  I went to yoga class at lunch and appreciated the stretch.  Work was busy and to avoid overdoing it, I skipped boot camp.

Tuesday 4/5:  Rest day!  I don’t want to push too hard, especially because I feel a cold coming on.


Weekly Report Card:

I’m very happy with my workouts for the past week and I’m giving myself an A! Now that the Cherry Blossom Run is over, my next big race is the Broad Street Run on May 1, another 10 mile race.  After the Love Run, I’ll get back to a routine of running 4 days a week but I need to find a new training plan!  There’s no rest for the weary…good thing I’m feeling great these days!

Are you racing this weekend?  Have you ever done a running relay?

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