My first run was on Saturday, and it was a 10 miler with a 3 mile tempo segment added in with my running group. Of course, the pace was pushed. It always is when I’m running with the Swifts. And of course, I was one of the last ones to finish the run. Thank goodness, one of my “slow” buddies showed up, and I had someone to run with. Unfortunately, we both had dead garmins on us, and we decided to run by feel.
This is how I trained most of the winter, but during racing season, I like to know how fast I’m going especially if I have to do a tempo run at Bloomsday race pace (a 12K race). But, it was what it was so we made the best of it. I was also battling a migraine that actually carried on from the night before. The pain had dulled a little, and I had gotten my vision back so I decided to show up.
I also brought a camelback to run with because I felt really dehydrated. And…I felt like a geek. NO ONE else EVER shows up with water whether they are running 8 miles or 18. I just don’t get it. These girls are sweeping the age group awards at races. They obviously know what they are doing. Am I just being a wimp?? Do they know something I don’t know? I’m very confused by this, and I definitely plan on talking to the coach about it. I always read that you should try to carry some sort of hydration device with you if the runs are over an hour long. I haven’t been doing this with my runs this year with my group until Saturday.
Back to the run. It felt good to be out there on the road! I LOVE running even if it hurts (in a good way, not injury-wise) sometimes. 😉 The arch under my left foot started acting up around mile 4 right before we began our fast part of the run. It is still a little bruised from last weekend. ;( Other than that, I had just some minor knee pain (also from the fall). I might be back in business!
Halfway during the speedy part of our run, my stomach started doing flips inside my body, and I used every muscle inside me to keep from exploding on the run. I guess my stomach was just upset from all the migraine medication I was taking?? After we were done with our little speed session, I ended up having to run into a church and with a very concerned urgent face, I asked to use their restroom. Let me tell you, it was the high point of my running career. NOT. At least the woman working at the church told me she “knew the feeling” and quickly lead me to the restroom.
After that I felt much better, and we finished out the rest of our run. Thank goodness, my running friend and I had a good laugh about it. Haha. It happens.
I drank all of the water in my camelbak, my head STILL hurt, and was pretty much useless until mid afternoon when it FINALLY went away. The good news is: Besides some minor pain in my knees and arch, my legs and feet seemed to be working pretty well. This is excellent news since Bloomsday is on Saturday.
On Sunday, I really felt the need to run the Bloomsday course since I have missed all the Tuesdays that my running group has run it. Since some of the neighborhoods are a little sketchy that the course runs through, I invited my husband to run with me. I know what you are thinking: Another bad run for us together, but…it actually went pretty well. He let me be in front sometimes (that has NEVER happened and sometimes it is a good ego boost for me to be in front of him), we actually talked a good portion of the run (he likes to be quiet normally during his runs), and we ran next to each other most of the run. When I shared that this run actually went well, he said, “Well, you didn’t run so slow this time.” Hmph. You can’t win ’em all! He is lucky he didn’t say that until after run because I just might have killed him as we were going up the hills…if I had been able to catch him.
Here is to a great week!! I’ve got all your suggestions about how to fit in workouts when you work full time almost ready to post for tomorrow!! If you have anymore suggestions, please feel free to comment!!
Any good workouts this weekend? How was everyone’s Easter?