Race Recap

So, part of my weekend plan worked, and part did not.  I ran in the Freedom’s Run Marathon in Shepardstown, West Virginia last Saturday as a long training run, and loved it, despite the rain and cold temps.  The course took us through three National Parks: Harpers Ferry, the C&O Canal, and Antietam Battlefield.  It was one of the most beautiful courses I’ve ever run on, anywhere.  Even the roller-coaster hills in the second half of the race couldn’t get me down.  Congratulations to Mark Cucuzzella of Two Rivers Threads Running http://www.trtreads.org/ for organizing a great day — I especially appreciated the pizza and beer at the finish!
The downside was that I was in no mood to race a half-marathon the following day, especially when I heard the sound of rain in the pre-dawn gloom outside my window.  Apparently I was the only one who actually thought I might still want to race; no one elses was surprised when I told them I ended up rolling over and staying in bed.
But the road goes on: I’ll be running the Chicago Marathon this coming Sunday, and the Marine Corps Marathon a few weeks after, both as part of my training for the Cairo 100K next month.  If you’re runing in any of those, let me know!


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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