And, no, I’m not talking about this little thing that I’m doing next Monday.
Or the ice cream brownie sundae I got to eat on my porch last night with the brownie recipe below. I have to
carb sugar load for Boston, right?
I’m talking about SPRING. Like, real spring. Not some date on the calendar (although I think that mother nature and the calendar should get on the same page) but warm weather. The kind where my roomie and I could actually sit on the balcony and not be all bundled up! Hallelujah (and yes I’m acutely aware that I just jinxed myself. And all of you. I apologize in advance. Especially since we all know this jinxing will occur on the 18th)
The overnight lows were in the 40s and the highs were damn near 60* the past 5 day. We didn’t actually hit 60, which is my typical benchmark for spring. But I think that, given how rough winter was for the large majority of the country, I’ll let it slide.
With the rising temps I’m always tempted to raise my miles as well. Which I probs disregarded the first week of my taper. BUT I have shown some restraint and there have been no fartlek runs or anything resembling speed work. While I may be in the mindset of going with the flow I’m too scared to risk anything with speed work! Especially since the runs keep going back and forth between pain and pain free. Which some of you (smart minds ) told me in my last post. I just need to relax and ride out the next week-ish until the race. Eeep. Easy running has been my bread and butter for the past 5(!!) weeks, no need to mess with it.
And it’s taper time, right?
Easy running, therefore was the story of the weekend. Thursday and Friday were easy mid-distance days, Saturday was my last “long run” and Sunday was somewhere between short and mid. All in bright shining sunlight. Some wind but that felt great and “cooled things off”. (Can you tell how excited I am about the weather. Every paragraph refers to it. And in a glowing way!) <– Happiness.
All the runs were pretty darn fast too. Relatively speaking, which even with that disclaimer is still confidence boosting. Definitely no sub-9 miles (gosh I haven’t seen those since pre-injury!) but fast enough to tell me that I’m recovering. Hopefully in a week, those 26.2 miles between Hopkinton and Boston don’t throw a monkey wrench in it.
Aside from working on my tan (which I really need to be diligent about the sunscreen this year. Hello another 3 moles removed! And hello sun-freckle-spot thingy machine that was at clinic last week and showed me the damage on my skin. Surprisingly it wasn’t as bad as I thought but the sunscreen needs to be a daily thing) I’ve been baking a bit. Or rather my roomie told me “we are making brownies to bring to pub trivia”. So really a bit = once and because I was told to.
So I did. We used this recipe from All Recipes and it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. And the fact that there were none left by the end of the night is a good sign too (do not disillusion me by saying that we were drinking at trivia night. Irrelevant!) If I were to make them in the future I’d try and tweak the recipe to make them more fudgey. Maybe less flour and an extra egg? I know that with all my box mixes I get to add an extra egg to fudgify it.
Hope everyone is enjoying your Monday! I knew when I left work on Friday that today was going to be a rough one but, hey, the weather is nice and I’m sitting on a really good (well relatively speaking anyway) 8.5 miler already done. There was IT pain and my legs felt dead. But that could be taper related. The humidity was definitely a factor as well, 53* and 91% humidity! And YES to spring again because the sun actually rose in the first half of my run.
So I say: Monday? Bring it on!