I continue to rack up the miles. I did a 30k race over the weekend. Despite the calendar saying it is spring, there was not spring in the air. The temperature was more appropriate for the end of February not the end of March. When I started the race the temperature was around 25 degrees. Not that warm. All the race I completed this year so far were down at or below freezing. That is crazy to me. I am not a cold weather person so for me to run these races in freeze temperatures is pretty amazing.
I did the 30k a part of the Just A Short Run. They offered several different distances to run and the 30k was the longest. The race was held in North Park just north of Pittsburgh. I did my previous race at North Park as well. The race course started and ended at the same place. I did the lake loop again but in reverse. The race started a little different with a 3.5 run through some other areas of the park and then to the loop. I would not call this course flat. There is so decent hills especially at the beginning leg and the loops have some good rolls. I feel that this was a good race for a warm-up to the Pittsburgh Marathon.
I am sore today. Not bad enough I cannot walk but enough that I feel sore especially in my buttocks and calves. I hate the hours after races. I feel terrible, and there is little that makes me feel comfortable. I am not a napper. I always try to take a nap, and it never works. I did go to bed early. I woke up at a normal time but I feel sluggish today. I hope tomorrow I feel refreshed and ready to go.
This is going to be a crazy week. It is my last week at the Penn Hills YMCA. I finish my duties at the YMCA on Thursday. On Thursday evening I am going to my old high school's musical, Godspell. On Friday, I leave for Washington D.C. for the weekend to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival. Then on Monday I start my new job. A lot happening in a short amount of time. I am glad this is rest week. I have some extra rest days and shorter runs. Good for me.
The Pittsburgh Marathon is less than two months away. I cannot wait to get this training over with. I am hitting the wall mentally. It is getting tough to be motivated to run. Plus I wish Spring would come and just stay. The temperatures are way too up and down for me. I should know better and this is what Spring is normally like in Western PA but I am still frustrated. I am definitely getting nervous about the race but I am ready to have my normal life back, well my regular workout routines back. What is a normal life anyway, hehehe?
I am so ready to not have to deal with tripping during runs, and the rolled ankles that are inevitable. I am ready for normal sleep patterns to return. I have realized that I currently need about 9 to 9.5 hours of sleep a night to function at a good level. I am ready not have to worry about do I have all my running gear packed. I am ready not to have to wear my hydration belt.
The whole process is a tough mental game and I am glad I am currently beating the challenge. However, it gets harder and harder as the training goes on. Yesterday I was suppose to have a seven mile run. Through out the week I over did myself physically. I had to substitute for some group exercise classes. I taught a cycling class for the first time in six months. Can you say a major cause of DOMS followed? Also, I did some personal training which I usually don't do. Training adds some extra stress. In addition, I am in the process of changing jobs. I have two weeks left in my current position and then I immediately start my new job. That is a huge stress but a good one. So when it came down to running 7 miles yesterday with sore, tired body it does not really work. I got about 2 miles in and decided to listen to my body. You need to take a break. I learned yesterday that even though I was not scheduled for a rest day sometimes you have to give yourself a rest day. I did a short walk because the weather was beautiful and then went home for a nap. I also went out to dinner and a night out with friends. It as much needed.
This morning I slept in. I did not set an alarm and just let my body rest. I slept till almost 10am, which is unheard of for me. I then had a nice breakfast and then finally went for a run. I had 8 miles today. I did the whole run. Not a bad run. I did trip at one point and then rolled my left ankle a little but otherwise a good run. I did some hills and the sun was out. The temperature was perfect for a run.
Next week I have a training race that is a 30k. I am so glad it was not this weekend. I am not excited that I still have to teach all of my group classes but that soon will be ending. It will be nice for the last month of my training that I can focus on running and not have to teach any group exercise classes. I think that is not helping me very much. I am running more than I have done in my life and adding a lot other exercise even if it teaching is not much fun. I want to conserve as much energy as possible.
I have big news...I accepted a new job. I will be the Director of the Wellness Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. I am very excied to be starting a new endeavor. I will begin my new position April 4. I am very excited and cannot wait to get started. I will be at the YMCA until the end of the month.
I had a long run of 14 miles this week. I probably ran between 14 and 15 miles. The weather was great on Saturday for a run. I was nervous at the end of the week because we had a small winter storm come in. I was afraid there would be some snow and ice on the ground during the run but the roads were clear. It was a little windy but not too bad. I just got a hydration belt for running but I did not wear it. I should have but I do not like the feeling around my waist. It feels very heavier. I did put the belt in a place where I would be near a couple of times during the run.
This week will mark two months until the marathon. Crazy! I am on my way but still feel nervous. I am definitely getting ready to finish this training but most keep going.
It has been a crazy week. I have some good news but I am not going to announce it until next week. I just have to finalize some stuff but I am so excited.
The week was crazy because of work and life. I was tired a lot but not a sick tired. I also tried to push five days of work into four. I didn't want to take off Friday but I also didn't want to spend all day in the office.
I was so tired all this week. I rarely was up past 9pm all week. The only night I was up late was Tuesday and that is because I have to close at work. I think last weeks running took a toll and my body. I was just allowing myself to heal so to speak. Even last night (Friday) I went to bed early. I went out to dinner and a movie with friends. As soon as I came home I was in bed. The only good thing about early to bed is early to rise. I like being able to get up easy in the early AM.
I was glad to have a "off week" or a micro-cycle. My long run was seven miles. I had to rough spots th is week. My run on Friday of six miles was tough. I did it on the treadmill early in the morning before work. I wanted to get into work early so I could get on the road to come home to Johnstown. I had some stuff planned for the weekend, and I did not want to be at work all day Friday. I decided to do my run on the treadmill since I was already at work. I was never able to get a good pace going. I struggled to get the six miles in.
My long run was seven miles. The only big thing about the run was I rolled my ankle about half way through. I stepped on a rock. Some crazy language came out and I had to walk for about 1/2 mile. I did get the run finished. I was also able to get it in before the major ran that is in Western PA for the weekend started. My left foot is a little tight this evening but nothing major.
I am currently looking for a water belt for my long runs. A lot of places do not carrying them in the store. I guess I am going to have to order one online. I don't like having extra stuff on my body but I know I need to have some type of hydration regularly now that I am in the longer runs. I tried to do the place water out before the run but I can't guarantee they will be safe or that will be my exact route. I have definitely had to change routes during a run. I also need to get the carb gels or beans for the long runs.
Oh well the whole thing has been relatively fun. I hope it continues that way.
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