Hmmmm. So I’m totally not hurting as much as I thought I would be after pushing myself really hard in yesterday’s 19 effort. Which, by the way, I 100% agree with all of you who said “be careful” and “training plans are set up in a certain way for a reason” and “there’s still 10 weeks to go”. I totally did not see it that way when I was running, I was too focused on my anguish of the run and, in some way, wanted to punish myself. For what? Who knows. But I’ve always enjoyed a little bit of pain. 😉
That said, later that night when I was doing homework and laundry (yes I am soooo cool on a Saturday night), I realized that y’all were right. At that point there really wasn’t anything I could do except try to learn from my “mistake”. I don’t really consider it a mistake or bad per se what I did yesterday but rather the mind of an inexperienced racer who desperately wants to succeed. And not just a “good job” succeed (which obviously will happen just by virtue of running Boston as a second marathon) but a “DAMN!” succeed.
Needless to say I’m a bit overzealous.
This morning I wasn’t feeling it like I predicted during my hard second portion effort. Well maybe I was a bit at first. I have a physics lab to do this afternoon so running my post-long run recovery run at my favorite time of late morning just wasn’t going to happen so I got up when I woke up and hit the streets then. Normally I like the late morning because it gives my legs a chance to, not only get a few more hours of rest, but a few hours of walking around to loosen up. Oh well, life. What can I do?
Back to the run. The first mile was definitely granny shuffle. Like I probably could have walked faster. But no judgment on my part ( at least consciously as over time I did speed up). Over the first few miles my form started to come back (granny shuffle isn’t just named for it’s super slow speed) and I felt fluid. The pace was definitely still shuffle pace but it didn’t feel that way which was nice and allowed me to keep myself judgment free.
Over the course of the next few miles my pace had to have picked up quite a bit (and I know the last mile was at 8:35!) because the average pace for the whole darn thing was 9:10. Wayyyyy too fast for a recovery run. Sure it started out really slow but I must have really picked up the pace to keep a 9:10 average. Keep in mind that my typical LR pace is ~9:00 and according to the running calculators my recovery should be at 9:30-10:00. Guess those 19 didn’t take a huge toll for today. Maybe it’ll be a delayed thing and tomorrow I’ll not want to move heh.
I guess I should start paying attention more to my pace on recovery runs. The past 6 weeks have been so intense that I haven’t had the need to monitor my recovery pace. Not that recently the intensity has let up but my body is adapting to it. That may be an area for change (the intensity of my quality workouts) but it shouldn’t change the way I do recovery. Again: inexperienced racer showing.
And as a follow-up to my bladder issues yesterday, I think Jess’s theory makes the most sense: I’m not sweating as much and the extra fluid is going to my bladder. So I’m not sure what to do to combat it. Wear more layers to sweat more? Haha
In terms of the food / drink I’m having beforehand, this was my thing yesterday:
- 0815: Bowl of oatmeal with banana and pb made with ~8oz of water
- 1100: Leave for run.
So I’m already not drinking anything within a short time frame of leaving and can’t abstain anymore. It’s interesting to note that on my early bird runs (sans breakfast) I don’t have the bladder issues so I’m sure it’s related to my breakfast but I’m still getting plenty of time to digest and have that stuff work it’s way through me. So I’m still stumped. Conundrum for sure.
And on the random aches and pains front: I’m convinced that my foot stuff is related to a tight calf. Last night I was using the Stick on my calf and my foot felt so much better! Definitely need to be more diligent about stretching as the recurrence came after a slacking in that department. Perfect evidence to keep up a routine. It was also weird to see my big toe contracting and moving while I was massaging my calf. I mean, I know that everything is interconnected but still weird to see.
My bruised knee hasn’t really gotten any better. Definitely not worse but annoying. It looks like a bruise and feels like a bruise but it’s been ~1 weeks since I noticed it. Shouldn’t it be going away by now? Do running knee injuries present like a bruise? Clearly I’m a little paranoid after realizing my inexperience of yesterday and pushing that 19 miler. I’m sure it’s nothing but the mind likes to jump to worse case scenarios, no?
Alright. Enough of a procrastination break. Got to get back to experimentally calculating the wavelength of a laser. Kind of fun but my answer isn’t turning out the way I want it. I’m an order of magnitude off. Boo. I might have just figured it out? Hollllerrr. Hahah
Enjoy your Sundays everyone! I guess I should say something about the Superbowl but my beloved pats are not in it so I won’t be watching. Granted I do have to tutor tonight so I wouldn’t have been able to anyway but whatever 🙂