Yup, I’m still here. In the two weeks since I last posted I’ve been on two business trips, worked a 50+ hour work week, and done some major work in my vegetable garden. I’ve also done a pretty terrible job at meal planning, and although I’ve stubbornly stuck to my long runs, my mid-week training for the half marathon has definitely not been up to par. Here’s my training log (with selfies, of course) since I last updated:
Wednesday, April 9: 5 miles in the Wisconsin Dells, up and down hills and around blind corners. My phone died exactly as I was ending my run, so the Nike+ stats didn’t save. So, selfie from the hotel room.
Sunday, April 13: 10K run in Reno, NV. I was very happy with how this run went. I set a personal PR for this distance. I was slightly disappointed to realize there was an organized 10K happening just a few blocks from my hotel that I didn’t know about it. I could have done the same run on a slightly different route and gotten a medal!
Then, an entire week of no runs. Oops.
Saturday, April 19: 5 miles. I had 9 miles on the schedule, and had planned to split the mileage between Saturday and Sunday since my parents were in town and we had a lot of work to do on the garden. But, this was the only run that ended up happening. I did a sweat test—I weighed myself before I left and again when I got home to see how much sweat I lost. Turns out I sweat about 1 pound per hour (which is what I should aim to replace while running). Good run, and an excellent work day afterwards, which worked COMPLETELY different muscles than my run.
Saturday, April 26: 10 MILES!!! I did it—I broke into the double digits! And, I managed to function like a normal human being later that evening. (My pattern has been to run, shower, nap….and then nap on and off for the rest of the day while I lay on the couch.)
Once again, I ran on the Lake Country Trail (just like I did for my 9 mile run earlier this month); I just went a little longer. I really like this trail, not only because it’s out of traffic for most of it, but if I start from my house, there’s a rest stop 7.5 miles in, which is exactly where I run out of water. I’m glad I pulled out a visor for this one; the route is not shaded at all, and it was extremely sunny.
I felt really good for the first 4 miles. No walk breaks at all, and I thoroughly enjoyed my chocolate honey stinger waffle. Then, I decided I’d walk for one minute at the beginning of the first mile. I also switched over to my Spotify playlist instead of podcasts, which really helped. I felt like I was killing it…..until mile 8. Then, my knees started to feel sore. I took one extra walk break during that mile (and refilled my water), and plodded forward. Mile 9 takes me off the paved trail; you have to follow roads with a small, uneven shoulder. My knees would have none of it. I couldn’t even run for a block. I didn’t feel like my knees were injured, but they were crazy sore. I texted my husband and told me to bring me ice packs when he picked me up. At mile 10 I was back on the paved trail, and I was able to run most of the time. There was no way I was going to give up and not hit my 10 mile goal unless I wasn’t able to move. And I did it!
Looking at my pace chart and splits, I really was doing well until mile 7. My fasted mile was mile 6 – perhaps I was on my way to negative splits? Even with the sore knees, I held a pretty consistent pace the entire time. Yay!
I immediately started icing as we drove home (about a 10 minute drive). My husband had met me at a diner so we could get brunch if I wanted, but I really didn’t feel like it. When I got home, I didn’t even have the energy to eat (bad, I know). I swear I almost fell asleep standing up in the shower. Then I passed out for a 1-hour nap before I had to get ready for a wedding.
As I was getting ready for the wedding, I removed my toe nail polish to re-apply it, and discovered this gem:
So, I’m still on track for my half marathon in two weeks. Hopefully I can stop skipping all of my mid-week runs though. I bet that would help keep my knees in shape 🙂