This was an interesting week. It started with a rare morning workout then ended up being 4 days off of no running before my big 25 mile run on Sunday. Needless to say, I was up and down with emotions most of the week. So the good. I got in a morning workout. I am not a morning person, let along workout in the AM, so this was a big deal. I use the gym at work and we only have 3 treadmills. Of course 2 were down and as I walked in, some other person was just starting their treadmill workout. I wanted to do a three mile run and then about 30 minutes of weights, but I had to mix that up. Instead I ended up doing a mile warm up on the elliptical, probably only about 20 minutes of weights and then ended with my 3 mile run.
I do my best to avoid the treadmill when I can. In fact, this being my second treadmill run in almost a week, this was very abnormal. However, with most of the Pittsburgh sidewalks and streets being a sheet of ice, I felt this was the safest thing. The run itself was just okay. I feel like every time I get on the treadmill I just do an easy run and never push myself. It was actually nice to get my workout done that early.
Then came the bad. At some point Tuesday I was getting up from my desk and I had ridiculous pain in my left knee. Now if you remember the week before I ran St. Jude marathon I had a ridiculous pain and ended up only running once the whole week before the race. And now, with another big run coming on Sunday, it seemed as if history was repeating itself. After talking to a few people I decided that I was going to basically take the rest of the week off, ice, Advil, and rest as much as possible. As much as that made me stir crazy, it was the best thing I could do. Sometimes we just have to listen to our bodies.
Tuesday: 3.0 miles, 32:00, 10:40/mile & 20 min weight training/1 mile Elliptical (11:20)
Saturday: Rest – Travel to OH
Sunday: 25 miles, 4:50:26, 11:37/mile; Warm Up for Boston Half Marathon (2:33:28)
Total Miles: 28 miles
I had no idea what to expect going into Sunday’s run. Since I also had a half marathon race right in the middle, I just knew I wanted to try and be as consistent as possible with my mile times. My goal pace was going to be around at 12:15 – 12:30 as I wanted to mimic as much as possible the 50k scenario. Since the race did not start until 8 a.m., I got up early to do some miles beforehand.
It was 6:40 a.m. and I was headed out to get those first few miles. Within the first mile, I had some bad knee pain and I told myself just keep going work itself out we’ll figure it out I’m glad I didn’t give up because it ended up being one amazing 25 mile run. I’ll do a full recap of the race but needless to say everything just kind of clicked and everything felt great. One of the best things about it is I got to spend a lot of miles and a lot of time catching up with Elizabeth who lives in Columbus. Its funny we talked about a little bit of everything and did that the one mile loop for not as bad as they originally seemed.
Even though it was only 28 miles for the week, the 25 mile run was a big confidence booster I need it going into the last few weeks before the 50k. So maybe I am officially “tapering” for the 50k? Its funny to say I’m now going into tapering for the 50k because in reality, my mileage is starting to build up for the Pittsburgh Marathon. But hey, no way to build up for a marathon than run a 50k, right? Okay, maybe I am just crazy.