Bleh. I’ve been meaning to blog, because I’ve had some pretty good stuff happen lately. But my computer is very likely on it’s last legs and acting a bit wonky. And I’ve been busy. In a good way. Despite my intentions of “a bad life decision weekend” happening (which I’m not saying didn’t) I was actually really REALLY productive. I’ll keep being cagey about my plans for next year but let’s say that I’ve been making lots of headway there. Exciting. Scary but exciting.
I also got my bangs trimmed this weekend and I finally have them again. The excitement is palpable people. Palpable.
Also exciting? Well let’s also just say that, being from the suburbs, I’ve never had to actually WAIT for a table at iHop at 0130. The pancakes, however, made up for it.
But it was a good source of carbs for my long run on Saturday. Because…wait for it…I ran TWENTY MILES.
Not in a row but I ran a good 14 miler when I first woke up and then, because my leg was feeling good, I ran a pre-dinner 6 miler. I am totally aware that 14+6 =/= 20 miles in terms of actual training but I’m happy that I was able to cover 20 miles in a day. Makes me more optimistic about Boston. Of course, the pace that I’m running at, well this run was much faster than my typical runs have been, is slow (like I really felt like I was hoofing it here where it normally is a pace that I can feel easy about) I know that I can at least cover the 26.2 miles from Hopkington to Boston. Quickly? Well that’s a different story.
It didn’t hurt that weather was FABULOUS. Okay, so it was 25* but it was sunny and I ended up being WAY overdressed for the first run. Oh well. It also didn’t hurt that I loaded up my iphone with some really good (read: catchy pop / hip-hop) songs and that lightened my mood. I’m not one to use music, like, ever but it was a good change of pace. Although, side note, I have my tragus pierced and I cannot for the life of me get ear buds to stay in that ear. Help?
So no leg pain! YAY. It was a bit achy later that day but nothing serious or hurting. I think that since I’ve stopped rolling my IT band the improvement in the pain has been really nice. Miss Zippy (I think?) told me that sometimes rolling the IT band when it’s still hurt and not on the way out of recovery can irritate it more, which is likely the case. I’ve also stopped the PT exercises for the same reason…right now it’s about babying it. And rolling + exercise, while in the end will be a huge asset to me, is not helping at the moment and not what I need at the moment.
Of course, one could argue that running 20 miles in a day would be irritating to it as well. Battles people. Battles.
Like the follow up 10 on Sunday with some tightness in my quad but still no pain. Even afterward when the aches typically really start up. Same thing with Monday’s run: I got a good 12 miler in. I wanted to go a bit further because I had a late night clinic and I really enjoyed it. Like my LR this weekend I listened to music and it got me through the miles. The last 1-2 miles were a little more than achy so I’m glad that I was running late for work (hello comfy bed in the morning!) so I couldn’t stay out any longer.
I then tempted fate this morning and heck YES to the pace I was running at. Definitely not my usual clip but it was fast. I felt like I was huffing and puffing. But it didn’t feel like I was flying so I figured I was going the slow pace that’s been the usual and I was pissed off about my cardio fitness as of late and made me question whether I’d hold up at Boston. In reality I was going decently. Maybe that’s why my leg started hurting a bit earlier in the runs than I’ve been used to lately. I did truck on, I mean how could I not with “Fuck You” blasting in my ears, and there’s no lasting pain during the day, but I’m still conflicted as to what Boston holds in store for me.
Basically, regardless of my runs, I’ve been trying to enjoy this lovely weather lately. Yes I am sick of waking up and running in 25-30* weather (spring…whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?) but the sun has been shining and so I’ve been sweating wicked badly because I’m overdressing (if overdressing = shorts, longsleeve, sweatshirt). I guess that the sun can make up for cooler temps.
How’s that for an all over the place post? Long and short of it? I’m busy but excited. Nervous too. I can just feel that I’m on the precipice of something…it has the potential to be either amazing and earth shattering or an utter disaster. Either way it sure won’t be boring.