It was a slow week, with less demands on my time. No complaints here! I did a bit of soul searching, and a lot more running. Overall a good training week for Glass City marathon (April 26th). It was also a very indecisive week!!
- Miles run: 44.5
Monday – 5 easy miles. Another Monday, another day of still feeling sore after my long run. Despite having an active rest day yesterday, and keeping my body moving (elliptical), I’m still feeling quite sore any time my glutes engage (primarily on the right side). It’s days like these I seriously consider dropping to the half to give my body a break. It’s still an option on my radar! My husband has yet to return to full running (or any running without pain!) so he’s going to try the half at Glass City. As I tell everyone about marathon running – “respect the distance” and “listen to your body”. At lunch, enjoying all of those veggies we got yesterday!
Tuesday – 5.5 miles, intervals. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to run this morning or not, but in the end it turned out pretty decent. Still a bit sore in the glutes/hips from the mileage on Sunday, but overall feeling a bit better. I finally added up my February miles. I was shocked to have so many, especially for being a short month! I guess Leap Day helped 🙂
Wednesday – 5 easy miles. This run almost didn’t happen! I laid in bed when my alarm went off and pondered if a rest day was better than running. Was *still* feeling a bit more sore than I thought I should be. But, since I didn’t fall back asleep (even my cat napping on me didn’t help!), I decided to run. Was stiff/sore for the first 10 mins, but after I warmed up this was a really good run. I just can’t seem to predict my runs these days.
Thursday – 9 miles, tempo run. 2 miles warm up, alternating 1 mile race pace and 1 mile 30 seconds faster for 6 miles, and 1 mile cool down. I’m still trying to figure out my potential race pace. I went with 9:15 for the race pace, and was able to hit the paces. Surprisingly good run! It deserved a jump shot. Been a long time since I did one of those!
Must have been the shoes. I busted these babies out of the closet. Haven’t used them since Erie marathon, and they look brand new. So much heavenly cushion!
Friday – Rest day! I did make it to the gym, and then it was time for the “quarterly beautification” appointment. I had to cut a few inches off my hair because it’s damaged (booo!) but it looks so healthy now!
I was also on a mission to purge some excess clothes from my life. It was quite successful! Hopefully that will make my morning choices much easier.
And…. it may be cold outside still, but the ice cream parlor just opened. Yippie!!
Saturday – long run, 20 miles. (20.02 to be exact. haha!) The weather was beautiful. I was doing some soul searching. I’m still really contemplating dropping down to the half at Glass City. I was hoping this run would give me some direction. However, this run didn’t completely suck. But it was painful at the end. Just think would 6 more miles would do on top of that! Ugh.
My husband was the real winner of the day – he gave me some great treats when I arrived home! Also worth noting, he found me in the neighborhood and rang a cowbell and gave me some cheers as I finished my last mile!
My main debate is if it’s better to just cut my losses and hope that I’ll be fully recovered (stupid painful hamstring issues) enough to have a great Fall marathon, or would it be better to just continue on and have a slow marathon. Would I just injure myself more, and would I be happy with a slow marathon that misses my goals? I just don’t know!! At this point, I’m leaning towards dropping to the half. But who knows, I’m sure I’ll change my mind 20 times before race day. ha!
Sunday – 30 mins elliptical. Resting! Eating donuts! Enjoyed a trip to the donut shop with my family 🙂 Also getting outside soon to enjoy the spring sunshine!! Just for the record, now I’m back on the full marathon goal and took a sub coaching long run for next week. Bahaha!! I’m the worst.
Q: Have you ever had to drop out of a training plan because you were afraid it wouldn’t end well??
Q: Do you own a cowbell (for cheering at races)?
We keep several in our cars. Need to always be prepared!!