Race ReCap: The Hard Cider Run

So, another race in the books, this one is a fun run with Mrs. Standsonthings – The Hard Cider Run.  This is an awesomely challenging race in Adam’s County at the amazing Hauser Estate Winery, home of Jack’s Hard Cider.

This year the race started off on an overcast, windy and humid day. We packed for humid 80 degree temps, but were slightly unprepared for the rain and chilly breeze. The rain was coming down at a steady pace earlier in the morning and email and Facebook were buzzing with news about postponing the event. We decided to make a quick stop and grab disposable ponchos while in town before trekking over to the event.   However the ponchos proved unnecessary, Mother Nature decided to cooperate and lifted the rain just in time for things to kick off as planned. 

The course varied slightly this year from last year, and I noticed from the very beginning we didn’t have to run up such a steep incline to run alongside the woods. The trail was about 50ft from the wood line and much more level providing a nice spot to turn up the heat. 

I have to admit I’m jealous of my wife- last year we finished around the 41-42 minute mark (stopping to eat a donut at every mile) and I know she trained for the event. This year, with no training she shaved 3 minutes off her finish time and rounded out the course in 38 mins. Pretty good for having minimal prep. 

Whenever I do a fun run with the Mrs, I choose to stay with her- I could take off and go for a new PR, but the whole point of us doing this event is to just have fun together. Although at the very last leg, Mrs. Standsonthings decided to let me “go” and I decided on an all out sprint at the very end. 

All in all, it was a great race and a wonderful day!

This Week in Running

Running Log Monday March 20th through Sunday March 26th
Miles Run: 13.3 

Well, I did it, I’ve officially began tapering for my upcoming 15K and 1/2 Marathon.  I’ve been keeping the mileage low to avoid injury and also, let’s face it – I’ve been slacking.  I’ve been struggling with finding the motivation to run lately – and trust me, it pains me.  I’ll jump on Instagram and see everyone’s running pictures and I’ll hear that voice in my head say, “you should be running” and I agree, I should be running…

But I’m not.  So let’s start with the not so good news.

Last weekend I decided to run in some new shoes, since then I’ve been getting wicked shin splints – an issue I’ve never had before. So I’ve been semi-nursing some sore shins while running, trying to “take it easy”.  To snap out of my funk, and while traveling for work in New York City, I thought I would take advantage and run along the East River.  The thought was awesome, but the logistics just weren’t in the cards (early morning start, long and late days).  An inside run in the treadmill would have to suffice, so before the rest of the guys were awake, I hit the gym and pounded out a little over 3 miles.  It was the longest 3.1 miles ever.

In better news, the weather has been cooperating and is fantastically warm outside so here’s the hoping a few outdoor runs are in order.