A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Yeah, WEAR SUNSCREEN WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG!!!
I had a good hill workout on Tuesday. Downtown Wilmington is the one place in town where there are any hills at all, and they’re teeny short, steep ones, so you basically have to serpentine your way up and down them several times. I enjoy down downtown and it was peaceful, well, except for all the second hand smoke – people smoke a LOT in the mornings. When I got home, I knew I needed a good stretch, so I ended up doing my runner’s yoga video for 25 minutes.
My shins started bothering me, more in the “normal” area, lower than the hot spot I had the major issues with before. I knew I’d put tons of miles on my legs and was a little worried it might be too much, so when they were really sore on my easy run on Wednesday, I was
not NOT AT ALL happy. I gave myself some active release therapy (OUCH!), iced, and tried not to panic.
This morning, I had a 45 minute tempo run, and of course I was intimidated, but I got it done and it felt good. I slowly worked paces down from 8:45-8:15 during the 15 minute warm up to 8:15 – 7:00 and slightly under for 20 minutes, followed by a cool down for 10 minutes, and I was pretty happy. I was THRILLED to find that my shins did not hurt. SIGH. Thank goodness. I have two days off and on Sunday, I have a 15k race.
So this race. I’m not entirely sure what pace to try to go, but I have a total of 13.1 miles that day. I think I might try and do a few warm up miles at marathon pace (8:15-8:30), run the 15k at 7:45-7:50 pace, try not to fall down or collapse, then warm down at marathon pace. I’m nervous since I’m behind on speed work, and I’m sure you know that because I keep mentioning it, but I was reminded today that I need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. And use proper sentence structure. Running a marathon isn’t easy, so training for one isn’t going to be either. I’ve been hitting all my paces and goals, so there’s nothing to worry about. My Garmin not working accurately in the trees will be my only issue, since we are running at Brunswick FOREST, but if it goes wonky on me, which I’m sure it will, I’ll just have to go based on feel.
Remember in my last post when I asked for ideas for a team name for the Beach 2 Battleship 140.6 that my husband and I might do as a relay team? Tell me what you think about these:
She Made Me Do It
Epicurus – Thanks so much to you Kecia, for this thoughtful idea!!! It means “peace and freedom from fear” and the “absence of pain”
4 Short of a 6-Pack
Who’s Watching The Kids
Couple o’ Crazies
Camel Toe and Moose Knuckle (I just learned what a moose knuckle was this week-had no idea there was a name for it)
So, anyone racing this weekend? Any ideas for a team name?