I haven’t posted in A LONG TIME! I just haven’t had the time. I have been sticking to the marathon training plan. Things are going well. I have about 5 weeks left. I keep shifting from pace goals of 8:00 to 8:12 and then back, and I will continue to do so until that day! So let me share what I have been up to the past couple of weeks via pictures….
School has started–so has xc practise. That means double runs for me at least 3 days a week. Luckily the kids run about 2-4 miles per practice. We have had a steamy start to the school year though. Honestly, once the weather cools, I won’t mind as much. You should try running with kids if you ever feel burnt out–NEVER a dull moment. This picture is our first meet. Lily came in 2nd! It was at an apple orchard (it was 85*), we had cider donuts after the race–yum! School means craziness here. 3 kids, in sports/music activities, etc=lots of driving, LAUNDRY, and food prep. (Seriously, you should see the volume of food that is consumed in this household!!)
I did a Ragnar this weekend–Reach the Beach–SO FUN! I TOTALLY blew out my quads though. So I have to take a few unscheduled rest days to recover. I cannot descend stairs without a railing! I had the “mountain goat leg”–Leg 1.
Yes, it was literally up to the top of Breton Woods Ski area (and in the elevation chart there is a k, next to the number!?!)–right up the grassy slope. The ascent was painful, but the descent is what blew out my quads! Then I had 2 more legs to go…I thought they called runner 1 the “mountain goat leg” because of the first leg. As it turns out ALL 3 were uphill, but the first was the worst!
Yep, I started out too fast. During mile 5, I stopped at the team van for a few to get water. The real reason was to get this woman OFF my right shoulder. She latched on to me at mile 2 and was ANNOYING me that she wouldn’t pass me. She was WAY too close for my comfort, and mentally, I couldn’t take it. I wanted to tell her to pass me or back off, but I was so irritated that I was afraid I would be too rude. So when I saw my van, I stopped to take the water bottle. She nearly crashed into me she was that close! The incline on this one wasn’t bad. My legs were just tired from the first.
By the time my 3rd leg came around, my legs were toast. I walked up a couple of hills. I was SO HAPPY to hand off the baton to the next runner!! It was a fun time, and I am SO thankful that Indy is flat. I don’t want to run up any more hills–no access ramps, not even a sidewalk curb! However, I feel happy and relieved that hill training is OVER! The sub-title to Reach the Beach is “just a few rolling hills”…they mean it!
So recovery is on the agenda next. I have been foam rolling (OUCH–I cried), and stretching. I have an 18 miler scheduled for this weekend, but I did 18 the Sunday before RTB, so I might bump it up to 19 0r 20. Then the following weekend (10/4) I have the Smuttynose 1/2. That is my 13.1 PR race. We will see what happens this year. I am going to try and go hard, as the race is on my training schedule. Then, INDY 11/7!
Oh yeah, today I register for Boston–fingers crossed!
Has anyone tried an Epsom salt soak? Do you think it really works? (I am trying to do everything to speed up my recovery, well, except having some wine last night, but hey, that was earned!!)