So, I DID ice my shins last night. Grace and David went to play outside, while I sat on the couch - leg propped up with a bag of Stouffer's pasta, not ice, resting on my legs. It felt better, way better, but not fully healed today on my AM run.
Yesterday, I fully convinced myself to get up and run this morning. Now, I didn't tell David 'I'm going to get up and run tomorrow" because, he would've said "yeah, right", rightfully so - I can't tell you all how many times I've said that lately and hit snooze as soon as it went off. I did say I'm gonna try. I even planned it last night, by getting into bed earlier that I usually do. All this talk of AM runs made me guilty. So, I set a clock up in the bathroom that is SOOO loud for 5:50, and I set my clock on the nightstand up for 6:00. My clothes were also in the bathroom. I was out the door after 8 oz of water, and half a pack of energy beans.
Tempo Run - 6 miles (57:51)
1.5 Warm-up Jog (10:25 avg pace)
3.0 tempo (9:31 avg pace)
1.5 cool-down jog (9:10 avg pace)
I'm liking this tempo stuff, even though it makes me feel like crap during the run. So, I started out at a nice easy pace for the first 1.5, which is okay because I have to cross a lot of entrances to coffee shops, freeway, etc, on the way to my 3 mile stretch. Right at 1.5, I hit a road called Holland which passes the elementary, and middle school, but it's nice because you can pretty much run on the road (it's 4 lanes across), and avoid the sidewalk all the way down to the turn around. Robin and David know this road pretty well, as they've ran it many times. It's sloping all the way down pretty much. You get to the turn around and you have 1.5 up a gradual climb. It's really not that bad at all as you get used to it. So, I had no idea what pace I wanted for the 3 miles of tempo. It's hard to judge, due to a pretty much empty stomach, I'm running in the AM (not used to it), but the weather was MUCH nicer. So, I just pushed it harder than I usually do. I did have to stop to take a breather several times. I just have a hard time catching my breathe. But, overall when I returned I looked at my average pace and was pleased. (9:38pace / 6 miles). This is an improvement, as I looked back and the saw the closest was a 9:49pace for 6 miles.
Funny thing is, is that my average pace for my cooldown 1.5 was 9:10, which was better pace than my tempo and honestly it didn't feel hard at all. Maybe after my legs were warmed up, I just got into a groove. This does show me that my tempo wasn't where it should have been, pace wise, if my return leg was faster. I will just have to work on that.
So, here are my totals for the month: Not too bad, considering I'm not in training.
Run = 48.3 miles
Swim = 8400 yds (12 sessions)
Bike = 9.56 miles stationary (wow - A LOT right? j/k - I will be riding more soon)
Strength training = 3 sessions
Core (30min) = 3 sessions
Mid-Jun is when I begin Marathon training, so more running and less strength training. I'll do more core work, and up the mileage on the bike a little. My swimming won't be as much yards, due to I won't be taking any swim lessons.
I was thinking of going to the gym today at lunch and ride the bike for 45 min, but my legs are sore and I am going to listen to my body. I have a scheduled rest day tomorrow, and think I will take it easy the remainder of the day. Maybe I can even talk Hubby into eating at our favorite Thai restaurant today??? :-) He has a brick this afternoon, so he could use the Thai fuel, right?
Have a happy Thursday, blogging buddies.... The weekend is ALMOST here, which also means a few of you have RACES!!! :-)
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