No fun running related pic this week. It’s a blaaaah post. Blah in color, not topic.
Another 2 days of running week. I’m still feel like I’m kinda recovering from strep so the exercise has been not so intense. Longest to recover from strep EVER!!! I think mentally too, it wore me down so that’s why I’m taking so long to recover. Ok-enough pitying myself.
I did my normal Tuesday tempo run and was really really nervous going into it. I felt like crap after my long run the Saturday before and was still feeling worn down (and was still on antibiotics) so I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. Also, and this might be getting a little odd, but the antibiotics were giving me really bad indigestion. Weird!! I know. I wasn’t sure why I was getting it, but I traced it back to those little suckers, and as a matter of fact, my indigestion stopped on Friday, the day after my last day on them. So, if you didn’t know, running with indigestion is AWFUL. It kinda makes you feel like you’re going to barf the entire time. Well, I was sure that every step on that treadmill was going to be painful and nauseating. And you know what…I did feel like I was going to barf for alot of it. But, it wasn’t a bad run. In fact, it was a great and energizing run. And fast. Except for when an annoying little coifed gym bunny kicked the plug on my treadmill and I had to stop, get off, plug it back in restart and get back into my run. Grrr. Well, besides that, and the indigestion, I enjoyed myself. 4.5 miles (actually maybe a little more) at between 7 and 7.5 mph. Yay!
I had to skip my Thursday run cause that’s when I flew to Cleveland. I could have run in the morning, but I had to leave for work at 6:20 cause I had to be at work an hour early which meant I had to get up at 4 to run. Uh-uh. Not an option. Sorry. On to Saturday it is!!
I was really looking forward to my long run in Cleveland! It is always nice to mix up long run locations, so I knew this was going to be a fun run. Also, we live really close to a park/2 small lakes (the Shaker Lakes to those in the know) which is a lovely place to run. However, sitting in a restaurant on Friday night with my parents it started to snow. Then we went to the orchestra and in started snowing harder and when we left, there was about 4 inches on the ground and not stopping anytime soon. And the funny thing is that that night at dinner, I spent about 15 minutes talking with my Dad about a route to take (cause it was an 11 miler, not a short way) and now I wasn’t sure if I could run it with all the snow. When I woke up there was about 7 inches, and I got very concerned speeches several times from both of my parents about running the snow. Overly concerned, I say!! I think they were a little protective…it’s just snow!!! Anyway, once I ate my clif bar and let it digest, the roads were (i just wrote ‘rodes where’ instead of ‘roads were’…whoa) clear. This is Cleveland, not Florida. We can handle our snow. I ended up changing my route, because my original route had me going through a golf course and I was sure that wasn’t going to be clear. So my new route was a 2-lapper, not what I prefered but it would do fine.
My loop went around 2 local small lakes, my school (which is better than your school VeggieGirl…haha!!) and surrounding neighborhoods. It is a really lovely loop because of the lakes and I’ve run a smaller version of it several times. This morning it was bright and clear and my run was smooth and comfortable. There were TONS of runners out there (well, not compared to running in Central Park) and everyone says hi to each other. In NY, everyone ignores everyone else and pretends they’re better than others. You don’t make many friends running in Central Park. It was nice to be able to say ‘Hi’ to fellow runners without feeling like I was going to be laughed at for being friendly. Yay!!! First loop was nice and I fell into my natural rhythm pretty fast. I enjoyed the change of scenary and liked looking around-even though I had driven this route hundreds of times to school and back. But I hadn’t run it in a long time!! I only had to run in the snow for about 50 feet, and it was totally fun!! If I had better shoes, I would have tried to find more places to run in the snow! The second loop…it was a little annoying starting it, after running for a little less that 6 miles, and knowing that you had to run it all again. Ugh!!! And miles 5.5-7 were really hard, like always. I brought it up with my dad and he thinks it has something to do with my metabolism. I’m going to start playing with nutrition and maybe trying out on-the-go nutrition (gels, etc.) so see if that helps. But, once I got over the hump I got right back into my stride. Overall, it was a very stress free run.
So, that’s 11 miles down…tack on 2.1 to that and I got my half marathon! Not too shabby I must say!
Oh-the half marathon WAS changed to the first weekend in May. That’s not too bad and gives me an extra week to train, but I was planning on going to Connecticut with some friends that weekend but I gotta run now!!! And after training for so long for something…sorry girls…I’ll see you another weekend! Half-marathon it is!
Next weekend-Scotland Day 10k with another 10k tacked on to the beginning or end. I’m not sure if I can run in my kilt though.