Well at least it was a cutback week in terms of intensity, as I was going to originally call this post “the week of the 10 minute miles” because that’s what all my runs hovered around with the exception of a really long LR. If any of y’all are my facebook friends then you already know that I banged out 24 miles (well 24.2 to be exact) on Saturday. It was a great run to end “the week of the 10 minute miles”.
Guess I’m feeling better, no?
I spent Friday night in a low key fashion but still managed to get to bed really late. Funny how that works. So late that when I got up Saturday morning….well I didn’t. I mean, I woke up but didn’t drag my butt out of bed until about noon. And then decided to go for a run and let my legs decide how far I was going to go because I wasn’t really into the idea of running at all. But I knew in the back of my mind it’d make me feel better. And it did.
Since I had been sick earlier in the week (and still have the sniffles now!) I wasn’t sure how far I could make it but I figured I’d start with a nice, pretty 13.5 mile loop then see what would happen beyond that point. The weather was FIFTY (five-zero) during it and it was the first run of the year without gloves on. Gotta love that!
I don’t have many thoughts about the run as I was running it (or rather I’m sure I did and I’m jealous of those of you who can remember what you’re thinking about during your runs!), except that I was *incredibly* thirsty. Like really REALLY thirsty. Maybe it’s a sign that I should start carrying water with me, or at least find routes that have water fountains. Or simply hydrate well the night/day before as I’ve never had the problem of being thirsty on a run before.
But despite being thirsty (after the run I drank lots and lots of sports drink and water….which made my tummy hurt because I drank it so fast! hah!) physically the run was great. No aches and pains, I kept the pace manageable for a long run and consistent with how my long runs have been lately (hovering around 9:00 pace). Distance wise, this run was not the longest I’ve gone (duh a marathon is) but time was it was about 90 seconds slower than my first marathon (which was my slowest). It may be neither here nor there but I think that it’s cool / interesting that I am capable of running 2 miles MORE in LESS time.
As I said, physically my body could handle it but mentally it was a tough run. I thought about quitting after each loop that passed me by my apartment (I did 4 loops total: 13.5, 4.4, 4.1, 2.2). The fact that I didn’t quit after any of them (and I actually thought about going for another 2 to say I’d done a marathon ) makes me think I earned some type of mental toughness award.
Or lots of this, as my friends and I celebrated Pi day a few days early on Saturday:
PI(E) DAY (which is 3.14 by the way)
Anyway, before the party but after the run I did something I’ve sworn up and down that I’d never do…take an ICE BATH. Yeah, I’d definitely never had one before 1612 on Saturday afternoon. Mostly because I hate being cold but also because I recover really quickly from things in general (I’ve never been really sore after races…or sore at all I guess) but since I had been running for quite awhile (and there was a bag of ice in the freezer) I figured why not.
I think I whimpered as I hopped in and my roomie definitely shouted “it’s an ICE BATH. What did you think it would feel like?!” hahah. But I survived by listening to music and trying to read a book. After *exactly* 20 minutes I hopped out and turned the shower on and HOT about a half hour later. Does that negate the usefulness of the ice bath? I sure hope not!
I’m not quite sure if it did anything because, as I already mentioned, I recover quick from workouts in general. My left knee was a bit cranky when I got up on Sunday and I’m pretty tired overall. But that can also be blamed on: pi party and time change. So who knows. But at least I know now that I definitely will be able to finish Boston in 5 (!!) weeks.
At least according to that long run. This mornings run was tough. Maybe not so much mentally but my left leg is feeling a bit tight so it was hard to feel like I was moving…well I don’t really ever move gracefully but you know what I mean. So it was a slooooooooooow run for sure. No sore muscles yesterday or today (so maybe the ice bath did something? Maybe I recover really well?) but just a tightness. Same tightness as last December after WR but in the other leg. Therefore we all know what I should do tonight: ice, stretch, roll. I’ve actually been stretching (and using a tennis ball!) here at work. Fingers crossed it works!
P.S. I have been absolutely terrible at replying to your comments. It’s something on my to-do list for this week!