Less than 7 days to go before the Oakland Half Marathon! Pretty much as soon as I wrote my last blog post about confidence, my pre-race anxiety dropped significantly. Thanks to everyone for your words of encouragement! I’ve decided that I’m just going to focus on running my best race that day, regardless of what the time on the clock says. Anyway, here’s how this past week went down. I apologize in advance for the lack of pictures.
Tues: 5 easy miles around the Lake.
Stats: 5.2 miles @ 10:44/mile + 30 min stretching/rolling
Wed: 50 min core + PT exercises/stretching/rolling
Thurs: Last long run before the Oakland Half, but you probably already know about that.
Stats: 11.6 miles @ 10:17/mile + 30 min stretching/rolling
Fri: 2 hours indoor rock climbing + 30 min stretching/rolling
Sat: Run #7 with Running for a Better Oakland (RBO). This was the easiest RBO run physically but the toughest emotionally and mentally. My regular running buddy Alejandro didn’t show up, so I ended up running with “J,” a 7th grader. I spent almost the entire time motivating her. We talked extensively about the power of positive thinking and how negative thinking is draining… despite that, she constantly complained about being tired and wanting to stop. This is after 10 weeks of training and 12 miles of running last week!! In between the running stuff was the typical 7th grade girl drama – self esteem issues, boys, etc. This experience made me really respect middle school teachers and parents of middle school girls. I was exhausted!! What’s more, I missed Alejandro and his very positive attitude. I really lucked out with him.
Stats: 6.2 miles @ 14:21/mile + 15 min stretching/rolling
Sun: 60 min core + PT exercises/stretching/rolling
WEEKLY TOTAL: 23 miles + 6+ hours strengthening/PT/stretching
How I felt about it: Decent mileage, but the quality of the runs were a little suspect. C.