1. Thank you all for your comments on my 20-miler post. Some of them made me think and some of them really made me laugh! I’m in the home stretch! Sunday is a back-off day, so I only have 6 or 7 miles. June 12’s run is 13, June 19’s is 6 or 7 and then it’s the race! I’m almost there (ha. ha.).
2. This week’s workouts: Ran three miles on the treadmill on Tuesday night followed by my PT exercises (got some new ones last week). Was still a little sore from the 20-miler. My quads were the most sore, followed by my arches. Shin feels a teeny sore after any run, but then it goes away with icing and/or Ibuprofin. Wednesday night I did my fave cross-training video — Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred, Level 2 — and then, today, I ran four miles on my lunch hour. My legs are not sore at all and I put up an average pace of 8:43. What?! Yesterday was the last day of just a little bit of sore quads. After today’s run, though, my arms and shoulders were tired even though I kept reminding myself to keep upright. I was really focusing on making my arms go front-to-back (and not side-to-side) on Sunday and today. Wondering if that’s why the tiredness.
3. There’s a smallish race, The Bear Run, in my neck of the woods on June 12. It’s a 4-mile race (unique!) and it’s only $20 if you register (postmarked by) June 8. Day-of registration is still only $25. And the money goes to support the local high school’s distance running club. Go HERE for more info (and let me know if you plan on running it because I am planning to. I think I can actually get to the race, sign up, run the race and then run home before my family is even awake — not really, but almost). I have 13 on the plan that day. Should I warm up 4, race 4, then cool down with 5?
The race next weekend sounds great! I love that it's going to support the high school running club, that's very cool. We have a lot of 4mile races here and people often add on miles before and after to get in their long run. Your plan sounds like a good one.
I want to do The Bear. Good cause! I think I may switch tempo run (6 mi) thursday with long run Saturday so I just have to run an extra 2 miles before/after the race and will have the 13-miler out of the way…
I would prefer to cool down with fewer miles so I'd probably do 5, 4 and 4 or maybe even 6, 4 and 3. Or maybe even 9 and 4… nah, joking on the last one :)Are you still basking the 20-mile afterglow? You oughta be…
Awesome that you are feeling so good post-20! When I first started running distance, a long run like that would knock me out for a week!Got to love a cheap race! I can't remember the last time I paid less than $30! Personally I know I would not feel like adding on AFTER the race, so I'd probably do it all before. But that could mean a VERY early start. Then again, you'd get home even earlier. 😉
Training for a marathon definitely takes it toll of your body! I completed my first marathon in April and wow after I finished I was so sore everywhere! It felt like it was the first time I had ever worked out!! Lol!! You are doin great your almost there! Love reading your blog
Wow! I can't believe you're almost there…soon, you will be a marathoner! :)I think it's a great idea to do the 4-miler.