If you read my training log from last week, you saw that I defaulted on running the Wave to Wine Half Marathon (that *#$ hamstring) and transferred by half marathon bib for a 10k bib. I felt slow: I was in the middle of my Paleo reset diet, which was leaving me sluggish; my hamstring was biting; and I was frustrated. It seemed to be a repeat scenario from May, when I ran the 10k instead of the Windsor Green Half Marathon. At that race, though, I had a PR of 47:07, almost 2 ½ minutes faster than the several 10k runs I’d done earlier in the year. I was certain it was a fluke (or the course wasn’t measured correctly or the chip on my bib was broken), so imagine my surprise when I ran 47:20 last Sunday! I placed third female, sixth overall, and first in my age group. Now, before you jump up and down, the statistics were probably in my favor as only 140+/- ran the 10k race as the half marathon was the draw. I was neck and neck with an eleven-year-old boy at the finish line, and the first and second place runners were women. Clearly an advantage of running a very local race! It was fun, though.
The rest of the week was dedicated to recovery and visiting our absolutely adorable, beautiful, curious, chatty, and cuddly four-month-old grandson in State College, Pennsylvania (both my son (Philosophy) and daughter-in-law (Chinese History) are assistant professors there). Of course, we loved visiting Christopher and Kate, but Solomon was the highlight of the trip. My only strength training was holding a fourteen-pound baby as much as possible!
Sunday: 10k @7:38 min/ml (47:20)
Monday: swim (1 mile); massage (with very strict instructions to Sally to go easy!)
Tuesday: Too many hours on an airplane (used a tennis ball to massage trigger points, so felt like some scar tissue was being worked)
Wednesday: 6 mile run with Christopher and Doug on rolling hills around and about the Penn State campus
Thursday: Morning hike then about 5 miles walking through the arboretum, downtown and throughout campus
Friday: 6 mile run around Milford Marsh (through wet grass, a welcome site to us Californians, and along the bike trail)
Saturday: swim (1 mile); strength training (back home with my familiar in-house routine).
Good week but I already miss our little guy. Next visit: New York City for Thanksgiving….