Long runs are getting longer and I’m feeling more and more confident with the thought of the whole “running 26.2 miles” thing. I’m more thankful than ever for my coach, Andrew Simmons, who has helped me reach this confidence level.
I am also thankful for my friends and family for their encouragement and for being understanding when I’m constantly tired and hungry – and cranky because I’m tired and hungry. That means you! Those of you who have been following my journey, or are just starting to follow my journey mean so much. It’s amazing how much you guys motivate me!
Let’s dig in!
[ week 21 / 9 weeks until 26.2 ]
Sunday – Long run. 14.01 miles, 2:14:40, 9:37 min/mile.
Despite my overall feeling of confidence with long runs lately, today I didn’t think I’d make it. The first 6-9 miles flew by. I thought, I got this! This is easy! Well, perhaps I jinxed myself because miles 11-14 were grueling. Or, as I bluntly put int in my journal “miles 11-4 were hell.” My hips were tired, I was tired, I was thirsty, hungry, and hot (fairly warm morning, about 90 degrees), and I wanted to stop. At mile 12 I was having doubts. My stomach wasn’t feeling great… I just felt like poo. But I’m not one to quit – especially being so close to my goal – so I pushed through those last 2 miles and wound up at a Starbucks with a drink in each hand on the walk home. It felt nice to have something to sip on since I didn’t being enough water and didn’t being my ice cold gels on this run (forgot). I made it home, opened the door, and laid on the floor. I did it!
This one was tough. It was hot and I ran out of water (again). The heat is really getting to me. My right hip flexor was a bit sore/stiff along with some other little ab muscles from the long run so I started off very slow. They shook out after the first mile (yay) and though I felt kind of bad to start (maybe from the heat?), I felt better as I went. Did 2 miles easy, 3 miles of hills @ 5K pace, 1 mile easy.
When I said easy, I meant easy. I took it really easy today as my body needed it. My hip flexor area was still tender but shook out after I was practically finished with my run (at about mile 2). I just went really, really easy today. It felt good.
More easy miles. 5 miles really flew by today. I had a great run and my legs/hip flexor/etc all seemed back to normal today. AND I became an official BibRave PRO today since my singlet cane in the mail!
My right knee was a bit cranky for the first few miles, then it was both knees, then they were both fine by mile 4. Nothing major – probably just a bit stiff. I need to be better about stretching and foam rolling! Felt good afterwards!
Total running miles for the week – 32.1
Thank you for reading and for all of your support! I appreciate you!
How often do you stretch?
Do you foam roll? before runs? after?
Do you do “warm up drills” before a run? every run? long runs only?