Tuesday training recap
I really shouldn't do these on a Tuesday but well I was a bum this weekend when I wasn't busy!
I'll start with last Monday 8/18 and see what all I remember!
Monday 8/18 - Ran 3 miles. I honestly can't remember if anything exciting happened or even where the heck I did this training run. I just remember doing it because it was on the calendar.
Tuesday 8/19 - I had a date! With a boy! So no running or gym on this day :)
Wednesday 8/20 - Ran 3 miles again, per my training program. Normal hot and humid August weather made a comeback on this day so I knew I'd be going a bit slower than normal. Only mile 2 was to be at tempo. I had an early volleyball game and planned on going straight to the trail once we were finished but got caught up chatting with a friend. Finally made it to the trail around 8pm. Every time I started to walk away from my car, I'd realize I forgot to do something (i.e lock the car, take my phone out of its case so it would fit in the new arm band, left the water bottle behind). FINALLY got going and was all pumped to run on a new part of this trail, since I'd never gone further than this one little curve. I figured it out be a little more interesting, maybe have some more curves tossed in with some new scenery and boy oh boy was I WRONG. I turned the corner and glanced ahead....one long, straight shot. That's when I realized that DUH it's called Rails to Trails for a reason! Oh well. Pushed through this run and came back when it was getting really dark and the bugs were so happy to have me for dinner! Pace was around 13:30.
Thursday 8/21 and Friday 8/22 - These were both supposed to be gym days. I did not go to the gym.
Saturday 8/23 - The calendar on my phone said "Run 6.2 miles at one to two minutes slower than race pace." I went to bed feeling pretty good about that. I may be a slow poke but I can handle a few extra walk breaks since the weather is so icky. It was hot and humid. VERY hot and humid even when I was up early. Reminded me of Maryland weather. And all I could think was "I have to run a 10k in this?!" I was up at 6:30am, ate my chocolate chip bagel, then spent a good five or ten minutes squeezing into my CW-X Stabilyx 3/4 tights. Felt like a sausage the entire time I was running. The first mile was BAD. The humidity was disgusting, and there was some kind of 5k the local high school was doing, so I kept getting passed by these little middle and high schoolers in their short shorts and tiny tank tops. Second mile was a bit better, especially once I got past the turnaround point for the high school 5k and didn't have those annoying little chatterboxes around me. Third mile when my GU kicked in, wooooo I was having fun! Four was lackluster and I felt like I hit the wall towards the end of it. Took another GU at mile five and felt a little better. Then Macklemore's "Can't Stop" came on and I was back on for the rest of mile five and all of mile six. I still had a few more walk breaks than I would have liked buuuut it was gross out. I really didn't want to die from the heat! Thankfully the sun didn't really make an appearance. I completely soaked through my hat. Literally, the hat was dripping pink droplets all over me as I drove home! Felt pretty good afterwards though, despite the heat. Average pace was 13:44 (a little more than two minutes slower than race pace but still a win because it was soooo grooooooossssssss).
A quick note about the CW-X tights. If you have any kind of knee pain when running, BUY THESE PANTS. Seriously, I cannot sing their praises enough!
I bought a pair at Road Runner after the half marathon last October but never wore them. After my Saturday long runs put me out of commission for the remainder of the day for two weeks in a row, I decided it was time to give these things a try. I messed up my left knee in high school doing color guard, tearing my meniscus and partially tearing my ACL. My insurance was crap and didn't cover the number of visits to PT after surgery that I needed. I wasn't exactly the most responsible high school student, so I didn't follow through on my promises to keep doing the exercises on my own at home. Fast forward 13 years and here I am with a weak knee and knee pain after runs longer than 4 miles. I'm always fine by mid-morning on Sunday thanks to the use of my heating pad, ice machine, and puppy therapy (aka having the dog lay on my legs/knees) but I was still dreading Saturdays thinking about the runs getting longer. I was also wondering if I'd really be able to go to work the day after the race in October. I felt great after my 10k this past Saturday. I had just a very slight twinge in my left knee the rest of the day and a little bit on Sunday but it wasn't anything that would hold me back from doing things with my friends. Felt kind of the way it feels when the weather is changing and the pressure makes my knee ache. Nothing crazy or unbearable at all.
This means that I'm actually looking forward to seven miles this coming Saturday! This will be the longest I've ever actually run as part of a training plan (told you I'm not half-assing this training). Son of a biscuit, I think the running bug finally bit me for real!