What a beautiful way to welcome spring in New England. Sunny, slight breeze, 78* (according to my car). Well maybe 78* is more like summer but considering that this time last weekend there were gale force winds, rain and overall yuck I’m not complaining. It was so nice to take a blanket and book and read outside in the campus dimple. Makes me want summer 🙂
In fact, when I got done with my run at 1100 it was already 68* out. What?! Crazy! I’m glad I went out first thing, my body is definitely not ready yet for that kind of weather. It needs time to acclimate and figure out this thing called sweating and regulating body temperature efficiently ha! Too bad Mother Nature wants to play games with my heart, tomorrow is suppose to be a high of 54*. It’s going to feel freezing as temperature is all relative.
Like I mentioned I was up and at ’em this morning with the running. Partly because I couldn’t sleep. I was having unsettling dreams and nosebleeds all night so after awhile it just feels pointless to just lay there. I had to sleep with TWO pillows under my head and line the pillows so blood didn’t get everywhere soooo it felt extra pointless to stay in bed. So I got up and knowing that it was going to be a warm one decided to just go for the LR immediately and try to beat the heat (oh how I hate that phrase! haha).
I wasn’t sure if that was going to be a smart move or not. See, and I think I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but my stomach is really finicky with what I can and can’t eat within a couple hours of a run. Namely nothing 2-3 hours before, so I knew that eating breakfast was out of the question. My rumbling stomach, however, had a different idea and I settled on a tiny apple — the kind that they give out to kindergartners at lunchtime hah. It was a good compromise: it quieted my stomach but didn’t make me want to puke during the run.
The run itself was a bit unremarkable. The pace was 9:22 on average. Slower than I aim for (9:00). But it was about 60 seconds off my current MP and 82 seconds off my GMP. So not that bad per se. But the “upsetting” thing was that I was way off my game: my MO is to start slow and finish strong. Week after week you’ve heard me “complain” of that: my first loops is turtle speed and then I pick it up. Not today I could actually feel the last few miles slowing down.
I think it was party due to not having breakfast before going. This is the first LR EVER (!) that I haven’t eaten beforehand. Sure I’ve done runs up to 13.5 or so without fuel but I think that’s my limit for a comfortable run. I did have a hearty bowl of oatmeal with some canned fruit last night before going to bed but after tossing and turning all night I suspect my body burnt through it.
Another component? The weather. Last week the pace of my LR was bad because of horrid winds and driving rain. This week my body wasn’t ready for the 70* temps. As Sarah mentioned earlier today temperature plays a huge role in pace and that the increase in temp would likely slow it down. I’m really glad I read that when I was done with my run today because I was getting pretty angry with myself for a perceived failure as to where I like to keep my pace. Thanks girl!
As for my shin/ankle, I think that PT didn’t really make it better haha. After being touched so much yesterday it was a little more tender today than usual. Nothing major or anything but I could tell going to bed last night that the area was “exhausted”. Again, no pain but I had been avoiding doing anything to it (like working through ROM stuff) and I think that it was tuckered out last night. Even though that might sound discouraging I’m actually excited about it because it means that the ultimate goal of PT for me (to increase ROM and reduce inflammation) is going to work. Clearly the area has issues and after day 1 I can already feel it changing stuff. Not instant gratification but encouraging to me.
So I think you guys lucked out on a short post (well short for me ha!). It is Saturday night after all. I think a couple of my friends who are student teaching (and therefore didn’t get spring break, although don’t feel sorry for them as they got February break and will get April break!) are going to watch a movie. Who knows what it’ll be but it’ll be a great way to end a day of long running and laying in the sun. After all that excitement I am beat! 🙂
Oh and I sooooo want to show you guys pictures of my toes and feet. Actually I want to show everyone I come into contact with. But I’ll refrain and just say I have:
- 1 black toe
- 1 popped blood blister on my big toe
- 3 regular blisters that are becoming calluses
- 1 toenail that is so soft and malleable that I’m scared to even poke it for fear of it falling off
Oh such lovely feet I have. The funny thing is that I’ve heard that it’s possible to train and have none of this happen. But I wear it with a badge of honor and definitely wouldn’t change anything about it 🙂