The last long run is done!!!🙌🏽 I have one more workout, but the hay is in the barn! This run definitely didn’t go as planned, but I’m happy with it. I made some adjustments into the run & I think it was the smartest thing to do. This was supposed to have more goal pace miles in there, but my hamstring has been iffy all week & I wasn’t willing to risk aggravating it. I ended up running 4 easy, 5 @ GMP, 12 easy.
It was a cool, breezy morning but I had to start super early & it was SO dark the first half. We have a skunk that lives right on my running route. Well, it was dark & I didn’t see that little sucker until I was right on him. I literally jumped over it😱 I screamed & leaped!! Seriously!!!😆 I swear, I probably woke up everyone in the vicinity.🤦🏻♀️
I’m extremely happy to have that run done! 14 days until race day. Time to recover & get ready for the taper. I’m actually really looking forward to tapering this go around. My bod needs the extra rest.
Ok guys, I’m on my way to South Bend, Indiana for the Garth Brooks concert tonight! He is playing at Notre Dame Stadium & to say I’m excited is an understatement!!! I’m SO freaking excited!!🤗 I’m a big Garth fan & I haven’t had the chance to see him live yet. It should be a fun night! Happy Weekend!! Cheers!!🍻
This was my first run in a long, long time without music, podcasts, or audio of any kind. At first I was surprisingly nervous about it. It reminded me of something that a college mentor of mine, @kieselaymon, once shared with me, “A lot of men will do just about anything to avoid being alone with their thoughts.” Kiese is one of the wisest people I’ve ever met and if you haven’t read any of his books please do so. In fact, he has a new book entitled “Heavy” that came out this week that I am eager to dive into.
After a mile or two of getting used to the silence I really enjoyed this run. I won’t be giving up my headphones just yet but I will start incorporating more silent runs in the future.
In order to “Find Fast” next Saturday, I need to 1. Not Panic and 2. Be Smart
On Friday, I had a sudden sharp calf pain that stopped me in my tracks during an attempted tempo. I’ve never had any issues in my calf, so to say I was surprised was an understatement. Marathon training has a funny way of throwing things in there, but did they really have to do it when I was 15 days out from the big day?!? I rested all weekend & focused on Ice, Heat, Rubbing, etc. I have an appointment with a Sports Med doctor that many local runners love on Thursday so I’m hoping magic can be worked and whatever is going on, which I believe is a Calf Strain (certified Web MD doctor 👩⚕️) can work itself out.
The good news is it does feel better than it had. Not as sensitive to touch and I can walk on it, it just will randomly have bursts of pain. I was able to run up the basement stairs tonight out of habit (because #ghosts and probably because we binged The Haunting of Hill House this weekend since I couldn’t run...seriously so good) and it didn’t leave me with pain! Woohoo!
Crossing my fingers that 12 days are enough to get things back up and rolling. This cycle has been really freaking awesome. I was really hoping to get my final two tempos in, for a last minute confidence boost but obviously that’s not going to happen. I keep picturing myself crossing that finish in Indy 🙏🏻 & I’ll continue to do so because I’m fine, it’s fine...everything’s fine....
I stole Dana’s bike tonight because his is way cooler (no offense to my trusty rusty from Target that’s like 14 years old) and got 6 miles in. That was all I could handle...I don’t know how you guys can bike. But it did distract me from my calf because I was focused on how bad my 🍑 hurt from riding 😂.
Sunday was a birthday, marathon race for me. I can admit that I wasn’t all that thrilled to turn 48. I definitely needed a distraction, and the race turned out to be the perfect present. I ended up with a time of 3:32:59 which was:
🔥a -17 minute BQ,
🔥and, best of all, first in my age group. I could have cried when my husband told me that I had placed first AG. A race report is on the blog. #venturamarathon#runbetteracademy
✳️Thank you to @mattdebole & @runbetteracademy for a great training plan. I hope that you will help me chase that sub 3:30 next year.
✳️Thank you to all of my followers. Running is a very solitary activity for me. I can’t tell you how much it means to be able to share the ups and downs with a supportive community. 🙏🏾