A little overdue! I blame work. I was traveling last week and into this past Monday: working the Big Sur Marathon with Runner’s World. Woe is me, I know. Runner’s World has a VIP program (this year’s Big Sur will be the last, unfortunately, due to changes with our new employer), and several editors go and work the weekend. They usually also run the marathon. In the back of my mind I think I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do it, so soon after baby. I hadn’t been training for a marathon and thought maybe I could run/walk or, gasp, drop out. But then someone suggested I do the 11-miler. Way more my speed right now. More on that later in this post.
Monday, April 23
5 miles, 4 strides, 8:12 average
The new house means all of my routes are slightly messed up. So these easy, go-to runs are taking some slight tweaking. No frills, easy 5 with 4 strides (thanks, Barley!).
Tuesday, April 24
3 miles, 7:50 average
Normally a rest day, but I’m testing those new Adidas shoes, and because of travel later in the week I wanted to sneak in a few quick miles. I explored the new neighborhood and scoped out some jogger stroller-friendly roads for this summer.
Wednesday, April 25
6 miles, 3x1K at 5K, 4×200, 7:52 average
Moved my usual Thursday track workout to Wednesday to accommodate travel. Loved this workout.
3:58, 3:55, 3:54, 40, 41, 40, 40
I really thought those 200s felt faster…
Friday, April 27
5 miles, 7:58 average
Leisurely shakeout run in Monterey, California (hello, Little Big Lies!) with my coworker. The towpath along the river here in Pennsylvania is great and all, but I want some ocean-side running!
Saturday, April 28
3 miles, 10:00 average
As part of the VIP program, we host a shakeout the day before the marathon. These are always great because we engage with the readers and customers. But they’re also very slow.
Sunday, April 29
11 miles, 7:27 average
First off, props to all the marathoners. I started the race at their mile 15 and I still had 600 feet of elevation. I went out easy and didn’t look at my watch. The weather was great for a race (overcast, cool) but it was meh for stopping to take beautiful Big Sur photos. Good thing I did a drive down Pacific Highway 1 on Friday when it was perfect out to get those photos! I also saw the famed piano player who plays at the halfway mark at an event on Friday so I basically got the full marathon experience without…the marathon.
I felt great. My usual twinges kicked in around mile 5, but nothing I couldn’t handle. Each of the last two miles I came in under 7. I definitely could have raced harder but didn’t feel like it!
What a great experience. I came in 7th female (although I was third based on gun time) and 16th overall.
Tuesday, May 1
3 miles, 9:18 average
I had hoped to get six miles in but my schedule just didn’t allow. So I took the little man for a stroller run in the late afternoon. It was hot. It was hilly. It was hard. But he loved it. And I will get better at it!