21K on the schedule for today.
The weather was much improved from yesterday with blue skies and no wind. Thank goodness!
I headed toward Brighton and started out pretty well. My legs, although still a bit sore, were feeling distinctly better. I ran strong for about 7K and then started running out of puff. I pushed through to half way (albeit a little slower) and then took a gel. Another couple of kms and the gel worked its magic.
A photo break of the Brighton Bathing Boxes and then home again, home again!
Run lowlight – massive shirt chafing! I won’t be making the mistake of that shirt for a long run again.
Run highlight – the Ravenna’s stood up really well. After a couple of false starts it looks like they’re broken in.
The answer to yesterday’s question – a resounding NO!
Easy 6K on the books today but there was nothing easy about how my legs felt. My heart rate stayed down, so the run pace was fine. But my legs hurt the entire way. Boo hoo!
Highlight of this crappy run – I got a new Smashrun badge:
Stretching, foam rolling and some core work on the books for tonight I think.
What will my next Smashrun badge be?
Easy 6K on the books today followed by strides.
Headed out a little later than planned. No matter how often I do it, I can’t seem to get the concept that it will take at least 20 minutes to get out the door once I deal with getting dressed, feeding the (fur) babies, finding a headband or hat etc.
Regardless, I made it out and it was just lovely today! It’s getting lighter earlier (until daylight savings starts at least), the temperature was comfortable, the birds were chirping away and there was a nice breeze. Admittedly, that breeze because somewhat more windy once I got out of my street and closer to the water. But it wasn’t too bad overall.
The first 3K was slow and clunky because, as predicted, my legs were sore today. Thankfully, they loosened up and the home 3K was much more comfortable. Now though, not so much.
Then to the carpark for strides. 20 seconds of fast running is so much fun. It’s not so long that I think I’m going to die but long enough that I really feel like I’m flying for a bit in there.
Will my legs feel better for tomorrow’s run?
It’s getting real and I’m beginning to freak out. 60 days to go and I’ll be running the NYC Marathon.
Today is a rest day from running.
I went to the gym this morning and did a weights session; the first in a while. I’m pretty sure I’m going to feel Every. Single. Muscle. tomorrow. Note to self: do more strength training.
Additional note to self: Organise your eats. Gotta work on getting some better training fuelling going. Today’s lunch was a quick grab from the fridge and not what I thought it was. 😦
What should I pack for lunch tomorrow?
The good: My first race since returning to Melbourne
The bad: Cold and very slow start to the race (30 minutes after gun time)
The ugly: The cough I have and struggling to breathe
How’s this for a 10km course? Barely a straight line to be seen.
I wasn’t sure about running today. I’ve been feeling pretty rotten all week, with a cold and cough that just wouldn’t let up. A cold I can handle, the lack of good breathing, not so much.
Quitting isn’t an option though when you remember you’re running a marathon in…105 days!! If I ended up walking, then I ended up walking.
I got access to the Runners World VIP tent, which provided a lovely respite from the cold and wind. I huddled in there until about 20 minutes before the race start. And then proceeded to stand in the cold for an hour. Maybe I’ve been spoiled with my US running experience. Or maybe it’s just too much to leave the back of the packers standing around so that the race winner is nearing the finish before you even start.
The 10km passed fairly uneventfully. I took walk breaks where I needed to recover my breathing. And shuffled fairly slowly up a couple of hills (note to self, more hill training required). I passed people. People passed me. I passed them again. And kicked it at the end with legs that felt like they had plenty more kms in them (good news!).
I finished in 1:13:28. By no means my fastest 10km. But I got out there and did it and had fun while I was at it.
What’s more important: running fast or running fun?