I have been meaning to share this photo for ages. Clicked it in the parking lot after the Napa Valley Marathon in March:
I think it is so awesome they make bunny stickers for this type of thing.
Running-wise, the last week has been pretty frustrating.
I was surprisingly not sore after the double. I guess taking things slower than usual has its paybacks. Because of this, I got back out there running pretty quickly again. Did a 3 and 6 miler the week after the races which is more than I'd usually do the week after a marathon. I felt a little tired but nothing terrible.
This week I dove back into marathon training. My next marathon is the Santa Rosa Marathon at the end of August. I actually have 10 weeks of training before this race. I decided I'd do a regular training cycle and my goal is to push a little. The weather may be warm for me this time of year, but I'd love to run something between a 4:19 and 4:23.
That said, here are my runs for the past week:
Sunday: 7 miles @ 10:02 pace; First day back on a training plan! Started off with tired legs but the last two miles felt good and pushed a teensy bit.
Tuesday: 7 miles including 4 miles @ 8:51 pace; This was supposed to be a 5 mile pick-up. At mile 2 of the pick-up I had to take a 1 minute walk break to bring my heart rate down. Something was definitely off. I rallied and got another two miles done but decided to cut out the last mile. I felt the power meter depleting rapidly and didn't have it in me to fight out that last mile. In my mind I rationalized that the double was only one week ago and my legs were probably still tired. They can't all be great runs, right?
Wednesday: 6 miles @ 10:16; My legs were very heavy and I struggled through this.
Friday: 16 miles @ 10:58; I went into this doing a 0.1 mile walk break every two miles. With the week I had I knew my legs were still tired from the double and I figured this was a good way to make the run mentally more easy for me. I really struggled the last two miles. Blargh.
I was looking at my paces going into the double and my paces coming out of the double. It is pretty obvious to me that while I wasn't too sore after the races my legs are definitely fatigued. I hope they get their zip back soon!
Also, HUGE congratulations to my pal, Ron, for becoming an Ironman last night. A bunch of us had a twitter party tracking him and cheering him on. SO SO proud of you!