Since I was already late on the week 10 recap, I thought I’d double the fun and do a double recap. Woot!
Mon (10/8): Swam to make up for no cross-training the day before.
Stats: Swam 45 min.
Tues: Easy version of negative mile splits from 10:22 down to 9:23. Highlight: saw Laura twice!
Stats: 6 miles @ 9:58/mile
Wed: Zumba + upper body weights + core. I was enjoying myself at Zumba until two late-comers showed up 20 minutes into the class. Both were newbies; one had the good sense to get a place in the back, while her friend decided to stand right behind the instructor. I know I’m going to sound insensitive here, and I’m sorry if I offend anyone, BUT… if you’re new to a class, and you’re not able to follow along, and you’re almost twice the size of the instructor, then PLEASE do not stand directly behind the instructor! I’m guessing a third of the class could not follow along because they could not see the instructor and/or were confused by the newcomer’s false moves. It was frustrating.
Stats: 75 min cross-training
Thurs: Run by feel: medium effort. One lap around the lake, sans headphones and no looking at my Garmin.
Stats: 3 miles @ 10:01/mile
Fri: Nice and easy jog around the Lake. This was my last run from my old apartment, which was bittersweet.
Stats: 3.2 miles @ 10:44/mile
Sat: REST. Needed fresh legs for the Healdsburg Half!
Sun: Birthday PR at the Healdsburg Half Marathon! Woot!
Stats: 13.14 miles @ 9:11/mile
WEEK 10 TOTAL: Target 25 miles/ Actual 25.34 miles + 120 min cross training
How I feel about it: Awesome week of both running and cross-training, culminating with a half marathon PR. Could not have asked for more. A.
Mon (10/15): No time to recover from Healdsburg, since the Gypsy Runner and I had to move. Not the most standard form of cross-training, but I think moving two people’s stuff up 2 flights of stairs definitely counts!
Stats: Moved for 6 hours (I’ll count it as 60 min).
Tues: REST. I was so tired!
Wed: Took it easy, considering how much I had put my body through on Sunday and Monday. Good news: it went better than expected and I was pleasantly surprised at my pace. Bad news: my hip soreness from Sunday reappeared.
Stats: 3.87 miles @ 10:04/mile
Fri: Another easy run. Needed to save my legs for the 18-miler on Saturday.
Stats: 3.8 miles @ 10:21/mile
Sat: 18 MILES! The plan was to run 4.5 miles by myself, starting at the Emeryville Marina, running along the Frontage Road, then meet AEW at Berkeley Marina. From there, we would run up to Point Isabelle (a new destination for me) and back to Berkeley Marina for ~11 miles together. Then I would finish the last part back to Emeryville by myself.
The weather had been fairly warm all week (sunny and in the upper 70s), so I was happy to wake up to overcast skies and significantly cooler temps, especially since there’s little to no shade on the Frontage Road. The first few miles went by very quickly, but I started having stomach issues. Unlike last week, where I was super careful about what I was eating and drinking all week, I decided it would be good “stomach training” to go out for my 18 miler with a less-than-optimal diet. This turned out to be a bad idea: I had stomach issues during the whole run. Usually, they’re resolved in the first few miles, but this time, they lingered on for a while. Fortunately, there were a sufficient number of porta potties on the way that it never ended up being a huge issue. But still, kinda unpleasant.
The other issue I had during this run was top of the foot pain in my left foot. I noticed that even before the run, my socks seemed to be unusually tight around my foot. I thought maybe I had put my compression socks on wrong. However, when I compared my two socks, they looked like they were on symmetrically/in the right manner. I decided it wasn’t anything to be too worried about, but the tenderness came and went throughout my run, and had me hobbling around for the rest of the day yesterday. It seems to be getting better after some rest and ice, but I think I’ll hold off on running again until it is resolved.
Despite these issues, I think this run, my longest run to-date, could not have gone any better. Sure, I was dying a little inside around mile 16 (and slowed down to a 12:00 min/mile pace), but the weather was great and I had adequate fueling (1 Clif Blok every 3 miles + Cytomax in my handheld). Most of all, I had company for the middle 11.5 miles, which was AWESOME. A big thank-you to AEW for keeping me company and running 2 minutes+ slower than her usual pace to help me out!
Post-run, I had a delicious, cold Gatorade waiting for me in my trunk. One valuable lesson I’ve learned during marathon training is that there’s nothing more refreshing than to have a cold, sugary drink ready at the end of a long run. When I got home, the Gypsy Runner took pity on me (and my zombie walk/ hobble), so he went and got us bahn mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) for lunch from around the corner. It was SO yummy and SO cheap! My favorite combination. 🙂
Stats: 18 miles @ 10:59/mile
Sun: Another unconventional cross-training day: cleaning my old apartment. Hey, scrubbing is hard work!
Stats: Cleaned for 3 hours (I’ll count it as 60 min).
WEEK 11 TOTAL: Target 30 miles/ Actual 25.7 miles + 120 min cross training
How I feel about it: Fell short on my training goals, but it was a weird week with all of the moving and whatnot. The most important thing is that I got my 18 miles in the books! B-.