I am at the start of a training plan I put together for myself for an upcoming race. It's a 15.2 mile run where you run from one town to another and it ends at a college campus. My wonderful running buddy, Rachael, has agreed to run with me. I have never been in a race without her! In May 2008 we completed a full 26.2 mile marathon just a few months before we both got pregnant. Her son and my daughter are only 10 days apart!
Brookings Marathon 4hrs 22min
I started training this week with three run days. Monday 3.2 mile in 26min 48sec, Wednesday 5 miles in 44min 20 sec and today I ran 7 miles in 1hr 4min.
Today was one of those days where I just couldn't get my rhythm. I started my run with a strange pain in my ankle but after the first mile the pain went away. So I was feeling good and really got my speed where I wanted it. At about mile 4 I had a pain start in my shoulder, at first it was more annoying than painful. As another mile went by the pain started to shoot up my neck. I basically was trying to run with as little movement in my left arm as possible but the pain wasn't giving up. I ran through it until I hit 7 miles and called it quits. At first I was really bummed because my goal was to complete 8 miles this morning. I got over it and decided to be happy with getting 7 done and I know I still have 6 weeks of training to get longer runs in before the race. Now I need to figure out how to fix this shoulder so it won't cause problems again.
Bike path at the lake
On a happier note, it was gorgeous this morning! It was cloudy (which I love while running because it's easier to stay cool) and only 65 degrees with wind at 10mph. Perfect running conditions, can't complain! I had Jason drive me out to the lake (8 miles from home) and drop me off so I could run back home on the bike path. I love doing this because it leaves me with no choice but to complete the distance I want. I like to get on mapmyrun.com before I go out so I can try new running routes and know how many miles it is. I like to have a change in scenery and get bored when taking the same routes too often.
Here are some friends I met along my route this morning:
Getting closer to home...