Gorgeous day for my Sunday Crissy Field run
Sunday: 7 miles @ 10:17 pace; Boyfriend and I went down to Crissy Field. Boyfriend flew his kite while I went on a run. I affectionately call his kite, "Rainbow Brite." I am a child of the '80s.
Fly high, Rainbow Brite! Fly high! (á la Chic Runner)
Monday: 0.4 miles in VFF; I hadn't used these in a while and was afraid I'd have really bad calf pain afterwards. But I was pain-free afterwards. I guess my muscle deterioration isn't that fast!
Tuesday: 3 miles @ 9:33 pace
Thursday: 6 miles, including 4 mi @ 8:55 pace; So it probably wasn't the smartest thing stepping up the length of my tempo pick-up today, but I've been doing 3 mile pick-ups the last few weeks and wanted to up it to a 4 mile one today.
Friday: 3 miles @ 9:51 pace; My quads were really sore today (and even the night before after my tempo run). I thought I'd be dragging heavy-as-brick legs around on this 3 miler (and even briefly thought about skipping it altogether). But once I got going I felt really strong and had to keep reminding myself I have a 26.2 mile jaunt coming up this weekend.
Boyfriend snapped this photo while we were reeling the darn thing back in. It was quite windy that day (obviously) so my new Atalanta skirt is riding up my butt, there. Don't worry, it has shorts underneath.
This Sunday I'll be running the Napa Valley Marathon for the second time. My goal is to beat my course PR which is a 4:35. I consider this course to be the fastest marathon course I have ever run -- yes, faster than CIM in my opinion -- so I think it is pretty doable. My confidence level going into recent marathons has been pretty low since I have been doing minimal running in between them. However, the last few races my body has surprised me. I really want to run a conservatively strong race. I have a lot of marathons this month and a hard effort may take me out of another race.
I have had a niggling injury ever since Austin. The night of the Austin Marathon I had the strangest pain in my butt-quad area. I think I tweaked a nerve and that it is now pinched somewhere. It has gotten slowly better, but is still not 100%. Interestingly, it bothers me a little when I walk (and especially when I sit still for long periods of time), but it does not bother me in the least when I am running. I had a pinched nerve type thing in my hip once which I was able to free up by manipulating my leg in strange ways. Haven't had much luck this time. I really hope it clears up soon. I have had some strange pains post-marathons recently and this worries me for my multiple marathon plan.