“So, how’s your running been going?” I’m sure that is exactly what you were wondering when you stopped by to visit my little blog! Well, sure, I’ll tell you about it!
Sunday – due to having lots of fun and staying up until midnight on Saturday night, I didn’t get out for my tempo run until 8:00am. To me, 8:00 is like running at noon! It felt really late. The plan said 8 miles at tempo (marathon pace), with a warm up and cool down. So, around 11 miles. Since it was hot and sunny, I decided to go to a shaded trail that I haven’t been to in a long time. It was nice to get on the trail again. I appreciated the shade!! I warmed up, and then got to work on my pace miles.
On the way out, I did pretty good. Pace was supposed to be 8:45 – I got 8:54, 8:46, 8:47, 8:56. Not spectacular, but decent enough for me. But after the turn around, I felt like I was really doing good, but my paces were getting worse! 9:07, 9:03, 11:49 (??!!?!), 9:24. WTF? I was pretty discouraged because I was really making an effort. Felt like Twilight Zone show where I just kept getting slower and slower. Oh man.
Then I looked at the map on Garmin and saw something interesting…
The GPS had me running off the trail, despite the fact that I ran the same path both directions. Interesting!! I’m guessing that had something to do with the tree cover. That made me feel a bit better about my run.
Monday – Rest day! woohoo!!
Tuesday – Intervals! My coach has reduced the number of intervals to give me a break. I was happily surprised to see I only had 2 repeats. Sure, they were mile repeats, but after I did one, there was only one more to go and I was done! The pace was supposed to be 7:50, but my first one was 7:59. I blame that on the fact that I started out from a stopped position (I was stopped to do some additional dynamic warmups), and it’s hard to get up to that pace right away. The second interval was 7:51. Still not quite there, but good enough for a sticky, humid morning!
Oddly enough, the fast running seemed to work out my tightness and pain, and by the time I got to the end of my workout, I felt *no*pain! I had to take advantage of that and ran an extra mile around my neighborhood just to enjoy the feeling of being free from pain. Trust me, those moments don’t happen very often anymore. And sure enough, I went back to being sore the rest of the day [insert crying emoji’s here!].
The best part of summer running?… I get to take a dip in my backyard pool, sans shorts. Hey, my underwear actually has more coverage than my swimsuit bikini bottoms do, so my neighbors would probably be thankful for that if they saw me. Which they don’t, so it doesn’t matter really. I just don’t want to take the chance of ruining my shorts with chlorine!
Wednesday – Today… I ran 6 easy miles. Took it real easy because I have a 8K race tomorrow that I’d like to enjoy. Still, ran the whole way feeling the pain and questioned my goals, plans, and why I am even running at all. Do you ever have those days, even uninjuried? haha! But honestly, my dreams for BQ, or even happily completing a marathon this Fall seem to be slipping farther away each day. BUT, if I knew I would be able to rest for a while, and come back to running next year pain free, I am OK with that.
So, that’s how my running has been going. Thanks for asking 😉
On to lighter topics… my garden has exploded. I generously donated 2 of them to my friend. It’s just a coincidence that she wasn’t home at the time. I’m sure she would have graciously accepted them if I would have asked her!!
And lastly, it was 58 cent pancake day at iHop. We indulged for dinner!
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