I got in 2 runs last week ( a 4 miler and a 3 miler). I also got in one strength training session. I feel like I am finally getting back on track. I say that while knocking on wood! I felt really energized throughout my workouts last week.
I also did my first volunteering at a race this past Saturday. I manned a water/hydration station for a 50k. It was very different being on the other side of the race! I am so glad I did it! I was amazed at the amount of runners who stopped to thank me for coming out to help them out. It was a great feeling to know that I was encouraging a great group of runners to finish the race. I would definatley do it again!
So, this week I am off to a good start. I did a long run (6 miles) yesterday on the treadmill and I got in a 50 minute strength training session today. Here's hoping I stay on track!
Leading up to the Shamrock Shuffle I got in 3 runs. My first was on Monday (4 miles on the treadmill), 2 mile tempo run on Wednesday and a 3 mile run/walk with Ann at Perry Farm on Thursday. I also got in a 50 minute strength training session on Tuesday.
So...Sunday was the big day. It was overcast most the the day and cold and windy. But I pulled out a 44:31 for 4.97 miles. I had a great time! I even got my picture with the overall winner of the race. I really love running in Chicago and the adrenaline that gets me pumped up.
I did stay after and attended the postrace party which I normally skip. Maggie Speaks was amazing and it was a nice way to unwind after a hard run.
I placed in the top 25% of the runners which motivates me to train a little harder to get up to the top 10%. Overall I had a great race and was very pleased with the day. I am taking today as a rest day to help my muscles/joints heal before I hit the pavement again tomorrow.
Last week was not a good week for me. I twisted my knee last Sunday and therefore was out of commission until Thursday which I ran 4 miles. Other than that I took the week to rest. My 4 miler was at the local state park and was surprisingly difficult for me. I had to stop and walk a few times. It was a hard run but I got through it.
So far this week is off to a good start. I ran 4 miles on the treadmill today and plan on getting in a strength training session tomorrow at the gym.
Let me start off by saying that I am still recovering from the cold and I had to literally talk myself into exercising every day that I did. So with that said I accomplished all of my goals for this past week! It was tough but I made it through.
I got in 2 strength workouts, 2 runs (4 miles each run), and today a long run of 6 miles which I actually completed outside! I struggled a lot through my long run and had to take a few seconds here and there to walk a bit. I forgot how different it is to run outside versus running on a treadmill. I tackled some hills along my run and was able to break into a sprint towards the end. I am having some soreness in my right calf muscle and some stiffness after this run.
I also discovered a great new running place. Our local state park has a run/bike trail with very scenic views over the river. It will serve as a great place to get in my long runs as I get closer to the Chicago Marathon.
So overall, even though I struggled through some of my workouts I accomplished everything I wanted to and that feels AWESOME!
I also received some really great running related news this week. I made it to a seeded corral in the Shamrock Shuffle. It looks like there is going to be 36,000 people in this race. Whew! In order to get into a seeded corral you had to have finished a race (5k, 10k, Half Marathon, or Marathon) within a certain time and show proof of your time to the Shamrock Shuffle staff. So, I printed out my best 5k time (25:33) and faxed it in and I am now in Corral C and in the 1st Wave Start! I missed qualifying for Corral B by 33 seconds! The corrals go from Elite, A, B, C and then there is a section for Running Club Member and then open runners. I really feel like I am becoming a serious runner now! Ok Elites.....I am coming for you! :-)
My blog will follow my running journey up to and through my 1st Marathon... Chicago 2010! You will read about my inspirations, PRs (hopefully!), and of course my struggles. So feel free to share your stories as well!