All of last week’s traveling required some time to rest! Thankfully, I had the foresight to take Monday off of work (one of those vacation from the vacation days). It allowed me to get my final “long” run before the Mini Marathon. The weather has been fairly warm this week, almost like we have skipped spring and are getting into those early summer weather days. I mean, at least it isn’t freaking cold anymore. So here we go, a little taste of what I have done this week. It has been, in general, a much better running week for me. I am thankful for that!
04.30 – 6 miles done at 10:31 min/mi pace. I finished each mile with a short 1 minute walk break. Mr. Barberry joined me for about 3 miles of the run, despite my assurances that he did not need to slow down that much for me! It was a sunny day and it made it feel much warmer than it actually was. I had to shed a layer! Hooray for a day off of work!
05.01 – It was too nice to stay inside after I got out of work. It would have been a crime to do my walk on the treadmill. My husband was on dinner duty that night, so I went for a walk around the neighborhood (a little over 2 miles). Lots of people were out in the neighborhood. I managed to practice self-control by not chasing the ice cream truck through the neighborhood (good thing I did not bring any money, anyway)!
05.02 – Today was an easy 4.7 miles at 10:15 min/mi pace. I finally got down to part of the town trail I had not been down for a while! It is one of my favorite sections. They have been working on it for several weeks to put in some new piping and I did not want to have to dodge all of the construction equipment. It was a nice change! I also did a yoga class after that. It was good for my calf and heel, lots of stretching in the calf. I have been having some ache in my heel return over the last week. It’s definitely not like what it was, but I know it is there. It doesn’t usually last long after a run. After the Mini this weekend, I am backing off on the miles and doing some more cross training. Hopefully, this will help get it back under control.
05.03 – Resting! Mostly. I did a very short walk during my lunch break to get out and enjoy the beautiful day.
05.04 – Easy 2 miles at 10:19 min/mi pace to keep the legs warm before tomorrow’s half! Pleasant weather for my early morning run.
05.05 – Mini Marathon Day! Probably my favorite day in Indy! It’s a fun race with lots of spectators and plenty of running buddies (30,000+ runners). I ran 13.1 miles in 2:08:10 (9:47 min/mi pace). I’ve always tried to go for a certain time/time frame at the Mini and this year, I wanted to do something different. I wanted to slow down, take in the sights, and really just feel this race! It is always hard to not want to kick on the competitive juices, but after a little bit, I settled into a nice, comfortable pace. I completed what I thought was a Shalane Flanagan worthy porta-potty pee stop … 20 seconds. I feel like this is the only thing speed wise I could ever get close to the incredible Shalane! Something really touching that they did this year was include the “Gold Star Mile” at mile 6 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track. Along this stretch, they included photos of Indiana’s fallen military members and many of their families and other veterans were there to cheer us on. It was hard not to tear up a little. It was really neat. I finally also kissed the bricks! I have done the Mini eight times and never did that prior to this one! I did have a little bit of a conundrum because I also wanted to high-five Frank Shorter :) He is always at the Mini every year (he was the first winner!) at the yard of bricks. However, he was on the opposite side of the designated brick kissing area. Next year. Regardless of the pace, eventually the miles do start to wear you down a little. I was a little sore around mile 11 and the temperatures were increasing steadily. I crossed the finish line happily. Also, I have seen previews of my race photos. I genuinely look like I am enjoying myself. I am smiling and somehow managed to keep my eyes open. I got all the snacks at the finish line. My sweet husband (who already finished his run) was at the family waiting area and handed me my post-race favorite: chocolate milk! I love the spirit of the Mini, it is such a fun day.
05.06 – Let the cross training commence! I will still run, just not as much in the upcoming weeks. My husband and I went on a bike ride, 9 miles total. We rode out 5 miles and stopped for lunch, and then rode 4 miles on a shorter route back home. We had to bust our fannies on the way home, it was starting to rain! And man! It was windy. Biking in wind is probably one of my least favorite workouts! Ha!
So there is my week! It was a good, active week for me. Things will slow down a little, but I am hoping to get in some more time cycling, lifting, and maybe even swimming. I like the idea of getting into swimming. I just need to get a new suit … and get motivated to get in the pool. We’ll see :)