I ran a ten-miler on Sunday, and it was pretty awesome. The course was a scenic parkway by the river, and the temperatures were in the low fifties. I finished in 1:36, meeting my March GoFurther goal. The course was a little hilly, but not bad, so I feel like I should have been able to pick up the pace more, but I was huffing and puffing the whole way, trying to push myself. That kind of pushing can be both a good thing and a bad thing (as my VERY sore legs remind me.)
I felt mildly uncomfortable for the whole race, which isn’t at all how I’ve felt on our long runs. But I think if I had been running at a pace I find comfortable, I would have been running closer to 11 minute miles, at least 10:30s. So the time I wanted required me to push it a bit. Although I am a little disappointed that I didn’t come in faster (my friend Sara who I train with came in at 1:31 and felt great), I’m happy with this race and am hoping to keep up this level of training so that we are in good shape fol the annual running festival in our town this fall (and maybe we can finally meet our sub 2hr half marathon goal…)
Anyway, as you can imagine, feeling completely sore and wiped out doesn’t exactly lend itself to meeting my April goal of exercising every day. However, I’ve been able to do it! On Monday, I walked for twenty minutes on my new treadmill, and then went to a difficult vinyasa yoga class on Monday night. I think that was the #1 thing that I did that helped me recover. Tuesday and Wednesday I also did treadmill workouts (it’s so convenient to get up in the morning and just walk into the office and get started. I’m done with my workout in the time it used to take me to get to the gym.) Yesterday, I started my Living Social deal at the local aqautic center, which is pretty cool, and also went for a run and to a free yoga class at my local studio.
I found a triathlon I want to do in the summer, and there is one I want to do in October, the second of which will require some intense swimming practice. The first one is a 300yd swim, which it turns out that I can do even if I have taken six months off swimming. The second is .9 miles, which is uh, 32 laps (ish). That’s gonna take a lot more work, but that tri isn’t until October.
So how is everybody else doing? I know Bunny is kicking a$$, and the rest of you are working hard, so check in!