The training intention that I set for myself for this week in my journal reads as:
Prep for “Lucky Clover 10K”. Not a “goal” race but a “get your feet wet and play with the edge” race.
So this week started off a little on the slow side as I decided to be smart and listen to my body. Sunday had me in a bit of Posterior Tibialis pain tizzy and I’ll be darned if that was going to take me out of contention to race on Friday. So, I took Monday off completely and walked the dog. Basically, I endured another day off and practiced my make-up for Friday’s race. Green mascara, anyone? :)
Tuesday, March 14: 800, 1200, 800, 1000 trail, all at tempo pace with 1:30 active recovery. This was all on the trail and it was all about getting into a tempo groove. My 2 mile warm-up with the dog went well with zero pain from the weekend. I did 1000m to cool down and called it good.
Wednesday, March 15: 4 miles easy with the dog. Bulletproof running exercises, upper body strengthening and core work.
Thursday, March 16: Off. Yep. A day of tapering.
Friday, March 17: Race day (or, more accurately, race night ). 5:30PM
10K road and trail mixed race. I literally used every tool in the box to loosen up before this run. The cool thing about this race is that you get to choose which loop you do first, road or trail. I chose to do the road first because it was on the bike path and, for me, the bike path is BOOORING. I get easily irritated on bike paths and the last thing I really wanted was to end the race in a bad mood. After all, this is my third 10K, ever. I wanted it to be enjoyable. I love the trails so this was my choice for the second half of this 10K.
The trail did not disappoint! It was muddy and grassy and loaded with gravel and dirt. The sweet thing was that I was running alone for most of this race, so I got to run with the river and the birds and the occasional dog with walker. I LOVED this portion of the race. The only thing is that 10K is a long time to be alone and in my head. I’d write about it here, but it’s worthy of a blog post all its own. I’ll leave the “contents of my race head” for another post on another day.
I ran a PR 10K time despite the nature of the course and I came in first woman and 3rd overall. Woo Hoo! Time to celebrate (meaning crash at home).
Saturday, March 18: Whoa. The effort of last night had no mercy. I couldn’t run. I couldn’t do anything. EVERYTHING hurt. Plus, I had a massive bruise on my right ankle, likely from my left ankle hitting the right repeatedly throughout the race. Form issues!
Sunday, March 19: OK. I made it out for a 4 mile run with my friend Thomas but it was SLOW. 8:14 and I felt like I was going to drop dead of low blood sugar afterwards (nothing that a slab of cheesecake didn’t cure). Not good.
I felt somewhat more recovered in the late afternoon so I engaged in my Bulletproof running exercises and upper body strengthening. I felt stronger (thank goodness!), at least from the waist up!