it is NOT nice to meet you.
saturday morning i had a small window to get my run done in since the girls had a vet appt at 10am… this means i would have had to start my run about 6:30am to have enough time to get back, get ready and get to the vet. i ate my pasta and went to bed like a good girl friday night, set the alarm and planned on waking up. well that didn’t happen after a week+ of struggling with a good night’s sleep, i finally slept like a rock on friday night and i just couldn’t tear my body away from the bed. i had 2 backup plans just incase (if i have a backup plan usually means i will end up doing it… i need to NOT give myself backup plans hehe): #1 was run after the vet appt – weather permitting, and #2 was run on sunday morning. we finally made it home from the vet appt at almost noon and it was at least 85 degrees out and climbing. the weather was not permitting in my books, so i decided to do my run sunday morning.
when i was training for SFM i always had someone there during my long runs, whether it was my TTES team, chris or my 2 runner friends, there was always someone there – an accountability factor. i always did my runs on saturdays because there were people waiting for me or people waiting for me to pick them up, so i never game them a second thought. i always ended up running by myself but there was always someone there before and after. the passed 3 weeks i have been completely on my own. the running part isn’t any different, i am used to running on my own and enjoy that part, but the rest of it – deciding where to run, what time to run, etc is all up to me. it’s been a bit of a challenge sometimes since i don’t HAVE to get up and sometimes my desire to sleep takes over. so from now on i really need to get back on track, waking up saturday mornings, not giving myself options or backup plans and just going. i am happy when i go, i love to start my weekend off with a long run, and i love having sunday as a rest day. a good thing is i still always get my runs in, but i would just rather be back to a very consistent schedule and not giving into myself. so now that i have written that and made it public i will be holding myself accountable to all of you and myself
ok onto the run sunday morning…
i got up about 7 after another great night of sleep (yay!!) and immediately got into my morning long run routine. i had planned on going to SF to change the scenery up a bit but i started to change my mind and just decided to stick closer to home. i headed over to the same spot i have done my last 2 weekend runs on, except i parked further up the trail so i would have a little different scenery and not the same mile markers which is always a mental trick i like to play on myself. it started off cool, around 60-63 degrees and was very nice. the sun was out but the air was cool and i just let myself run. 16 has always been a challenging number for me mentally since i have had my best and my worst “mental runs” at this distance. i could tell i was starting off slower than the last couple weeks and that was fine with me, i didn’t want to kill myself over pace, i have really been enjoying running by feel the last couple weekends. i was feeling pretty good up until around mile 12 when i started to feel some weird pains in my IT band. i have known a few people to have problems with this area and my one friend always refers to her knee. i knew where it (ITB) was but i never understood the connection between the IT band and the knee until today. my knee was hurting and also down the side of my hamstring. it did not feel good. i stopped to fill up my bottles (it was also getting warm) and i stretched it out a bit and just continued on slowly. it wasn’t feeling good but it wasn’t excruciating either. the heat started getting to me a bit but i just kept charging through telling myself less than 3 miles to go, less than 2 miles to go, etc… and eventually i was at the end! 16 miles done i was very happy to be done even though i think its the slowest 16 mile run i have done and definitely much slower than the last two runs, its actually right on track for where my long runs should be. my car said 85 degrees when i got in it, so it had definitely warmed up.
16.0 miles/2:23:32/8:58 avg pace
i immediately did some stretching then stopped on my way home to pick up some bags of ice. today was the perfect first real ice bath day. i got home and started filling the bath tub up with cold water, put on a swimsuit and sweatshirt then got in. i dumbed 3 bags of ice in and just tried to focus on anything but the cold water… eating a luna bar did help! it actually wasn’t as bad as i had thought, and will definitely be using it again for my long runs because it made my legs feel good after. chris and i then went and got my favorite post run meal: veggie egg white omelet with a side of fruit and wheat toast – definitely hit the spot.
the knee is feeling ok now, a little tight. i am going to look up some more stretches (let me know if you have any good ones!) and am icing it again right now. i don’t want to take anything too lightly since this is only week 2 and its just going to get harder. hopefully its just a one day weird thing but i will be paying attention to you mr. ITB. i do not welcome your company.
since i didn’t run saturday i got ALL my chores and errands done which leaves me with the rest of sunday to relax! i just rented run fatboy run so i am looking forward to watching that once football games are over.
week 2 ended with 40.20 miles