Greetings from Minnesota. The forecast yesterday said today would bring a high temp of 71*, but the thermometer saying 49* at 4 pm makes me think we’re not quite going to get there!
It’s okay; I know there will be warmer days ahead.
Besides, I think the cows and even the calves at the farm appreciate the cool. Like this little lady:
I don’t believe I’ve posted her picture before, and she’s a pretty fun looking calf. If you look closely, you’ll see “2.14” written above the main number on her tag.
Yup, this red calf was born on Valentine’s day!
The cooler temps worked out well for my running agenda too. 13.1 was the plan, and I was right on the money.
I also stayed with my rough plan to run a few easy miles and pick it up slowly to end at goal race pace. I got nervous during that last mile when I saw my overall pace dip below 9:40.
Was I screwing up my long run by going too fast?
I hope not, and I always think it’s good to end a run fast. It teaches your body to do that in races, when you really are exhausted at the end.
The real reason this pace scared me is it’s uncharted territory. My 1/2 PR is a 2:12, or 10:05 pace.
I’ve trained better and smarter for this race than ever before, and my last 1/2 was 2 years ago this spring. But it still boggles my mind that a major, albeit unofficial, PR could go this well.
Aside from two small things of course. 🙂 My hands were freezing, and I spent about 10 miles wishing I’d brought gloves.
I also had a bit of tenderness in my foot, around the “big toe joint” (just below where it connects to the foot) during and after the run. It’s not a sharp pain or anything, but I’d appreciate any advice if you’ve dealt with that. Mostly I’ve iced it, and I’m trying not to worry.
Maybe it was just from a more hilly course than normal? I know my hills are probably pretty pathetic to those of you who are mountain dwellers, but this is definitely more up and down than my normal runs.
It was worth it though, to run all the way around the lake.
Even though I’ve still got 3 weeks to race day, I am already starting to reflect on training. I want to get in some quality miles over the next few weeks, but I know most of it won’t change my fitness very much.
The real goal now is to stay healthy! For half marathon #1 I was battling a chest cold, and for half #2 I was on antibiotics to get over strep throat.
And somehow I avoided illness for my marathon last spring.
I know training can wear down your body and immune system, but I’m hoping smarter training this time helps. I also need to make time for rest, good food… and I maybe take some nasty vitamins.
I don’t know why, but I think the coating on most vitamins is awful, and I have a hard time remembering to take them. Do they really even help?
If anybody has a favorite I’d welcome your suggestions.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Any big plans for Saturday night?