I creamed this nail at the Wisconsin Marathon in early May and the sucker refuses to fall off (the above photo was taken probably 2 weeks ago). It is barely hanging on at this point. From all this multiple marathoning, everything seems to be holding up reasonably well except for my toenails. 50% of my toes are in some state of disrepair.
Sunday: 9 miles @ 10:06 pace; Love my Sunday runs -- well rested and no pressure.
Tuesday: 10 miles including 8 miles @ 9:02 pace; This went pretty badly. First, I was probably 15 seconds off pace. Second, I took about 5 scattered walking breaks. This was supposed to be a tempo run but what with all the walk breaks it felt like an interval workout. Third, if it was an interval workout it was a pretty sad once since I was running so slowly even with the rest.
Thursday: 8 miles @ 10:13 pace; Since I felt so off Tuesday I took Wednesday off and ran Thursday instead. I felt a little sluggish and I wouldn't classify it as a psychological come-back from Tuesday's run.
Friday: No running because...
So there has been a little switcheroo to my upcoming Sunday race. I have been thinking of this for a few weeks and just never got around to posting about it. There are a lot of reasons why it made sense to do so, therefore I've switched from the half marathon to the full marathon tomorrow. I switched around a few workouts the last two weeks anticipating being able to switch (they were doing at-the-expo switches only at this point so I didn't find out for sure until yesterday). Two days notice for a marathon? Why not?
Understandably most people switch at the expo from the full to the half. The women who took my transfer request said, "Oh, what fun! We don't get a lot of these. Good for you!" Most people think it is kind of kooky, but I am trained to run 26 miles at this point. In fact, I was supposed to do 20 miles this coming Friday and I assure you 26.2 in a race situation is much more enjoyable than 20 solo. Also, I already had to wake up at dark o'clock tomorrow and running the full allows me to take a further-from-home race off my calendar for the year.
This is going to be a totally different race than last year. Last year I trained specifically for this race and it was definitely one of the A-races of my life. I am in better shape right now than I was a year ago and could probably set a course PR if I put my mind to it. But, I am looking at the race tomorrow as a long training run and am going to challenge myself to hold back and take it really easy. I want to be able to slip right back into training next week. Santa Rosa next month is still the next mini-goal race.
I haven't decided for sure yet if I am going to run with my camera, but am leaning towards that option at this point. Hopefully I'll be back with some fun photos.