It was a good week. I ran 44.9 miles (UGGH!) and crushed a race. Most exciting this week is that I got an appointment for the COVID vaccine dose 1 next week!! I’ve never been more excited to get a shot. The Glass City marathon just announced that the runners need proof of vaccination, or a negative test result within 72 hours of the race. Yes, this caused a huge uproar from some of the runners. I’m personally not surprised by it, and think everyone has enough time to figure out what their plan will be. Thankfully 50 yrs + are now getting vaccines in Ohio, so my husband and I will be good to go!
Mon – 7 miles. Due to Sunday’s hard run, I needed a little more recovery time. My goal this training cycle is to get proper recovery, so I waited until after work to run. It was a great choice because it was 64 degrees! Time to bust out the tank tops and shorts. I felt exceptionally pale and pasty, but the temps and sunshine felt wonderful!
A quick, but challenging arm workout happened after my run. At one point my son said, “ewww, the vein in my arm is bulging.” LOL!!!!
Tues – track night! 5 x 1000 meters at Interval pace. This run went really well. My pacing was for 9:00 and I was right on target. Woot! We even did a “last lap fast lap” sprint to the finish. Even with that my body felt good post run. This was our last night of indoor track. Because the weather was so nice we ran our cool down outside. It made for blurry pictures 🙂 The rest of our track workouts will be outdoors.
Weds – 5 miles, treadmill. 24 hour recovery? Well no. But based on how I was feeling last night I wanted to get my run in first thing. I was even looking forward to my treadmill session! Long time no see. My glutes/hammies felt good, but my toe blister hurt like a *(^*&%^*&^. Hopefully this is the worst of it and it’s healing up.
I had a PT appointment today and it was a bit disappointing. I ran on the treadmill trying to figure out why I’m getting blisters, and there were lots of corrections to my form. I can run on my own treadmill just fine, but when I get on the treadmill they have, I struggle to breath and run super awkward (especially because I know I’m being filmed!). I struggle through an 11:30 pace. Sigh. Afterwards, it was “weights Wednesday” with my son.
Thurs – 7 miles + 2.25 miles, easy runs. Since we have a race on Saturday, this was an easy run instead of speedwork. Our weekly challenge is to “draw Strava art”, so I did my best… good, yes? LOL
I had been raining on my art run, but then it cleared up and was decent for the rest of my run. I tried out my new toesocks and I really like them! I thought they would be odd feeling, but I didn’t notice one bit and my toes (blisters!) were very happy. The blisters didn’t flare up at all. Yay!!
Fri – 3.14 miles. I was going to make this a rest day, but had FOMO when my husband came home from his run, and I felt good – so off I went for a run around the ‘hood. This was my early Pi run (happy [early] birthday Kim @ KimRunsOnTheFly!)
I worked at packet pickup for our race, and then went out for ice cream for the first time this year at our favorite ice cream stand.
Sat – 15 miles, race! The Shamrockin’ Mayhem 25K, which turned out to be only 15 miles. I really didn’t have a plan for this race, just run by feel. I had a bit of concern when my first mile was 8:34, but hey, I was going with it. Overall my miles were much faster than I anticipated. I was going to be happy with 9:15 pace, and ended up with 8:44 overall! That was good for 3rd in my age group out of 11 runners. 😁 I tell ya, those new shoes (Endorphin Speed) are amazing. The miles clicked off and each was sub 9:00. I was on the struggle bus for the last two miles, when I started having shallow breathing. For a moment I thought I was going to hyperventilate, but I pulled it together and just kept plugging away. I’m not sure why the course ended up being ½ mile short, but the race map really did have it at 15 miles instead of 15.5, so that’s what we ran. I will NOT be considering this as a time for my 25K, but just a 15 mile race. With that, it does qualify for one of the faster half marathons I’ve had lately! Very happy with my race. Race recap coming later this week! (spoiler alert, the toesocks worked amazing too!!)
Sun – Rest day!!!! And yes, I sure do need the rest! I am sore, but I’m happy that the soreness is in my quads and NOT in glutes and hammies. That is a huge deal because different body parts were working! If the weather is good, I hope to get my bike out today too.
Q: Controversial question here – would you be angry if your scheduled marathon had those restrictions (need vaccine proof, or negative test results)?
One thing that hasn’t been determined yet is if there will be rapid tests at the packet pickup. With the title sponsor being a hospital, you’d think they could arrange something…
Q: Toesocks… have you tried them?