Training: Good Weather and Bad Weather
Last week went moderately well. The goal was to finish the April Fools half marathon on Sunday. As most people know from last year, it’s the race that broke me mentally. It wasn’t the race, or one reason, but a series of events that you can read more here.
|Monday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Tuesday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Wednesday:||12x400s averaging 88 seconds|
|Thursday:||Easy run with Skip|
|Sunday:||April Fools Half (1:26.08)|
12x400s averaging 88 seconds with 400 easy jog in between
I haven’t been doing a lot of workouts, lately, but that was one of the better workouts I’ve had. The weather was good, and I felt strong. Not much more to say. I felt as though I finally started to feel “good”.
April Fools Half Marathon (1:26.08)
On paper, it looks as if I ran 9 seconds faster than last year and 4 minutes slower than my recent PR. The race had a headwind and tailwind. Since the race is on the Oceanfront, the wind is magnitude. It was the hardest headwind I’ve ever battled. There were so many times I wanted to give up from the wind but didn’t. Some of the miles in the wind were around 7:15. My effort was there, and it was a strong race for me.
As many people know, a pedestrian darted across the boardwalk around mile 12. The cyclist told her to get out of the way, I (not as nicely) yelled to get out of the way, but she ignored everything. The wind and slick boardwalk made it impossible for me to move that quickly out of her way.
I fell completely on my butt and laid there for a few seconds. In a matter of 5 seconds, I decided I was going to finish, got up, and ran. it was a race that broke me mentally last year, and I wanted to finish. When I first got up, my adrenaline was pumping. I wasn’t in any noticeable pain and I ran normally to the finish. After I finished, and let my body cool down (I didn’t run at all…cool down meaning awkwardly stand and talk, and change clothing). I also took a few minutes to process what happened. To be honest, I’m not 100% proud that I wasn’t more cautious about finishing the race. Looking back, I think I still would have got up and finished but I am not going to say it was the smartest thing to do.
Later in the day, my tailbone hurt. It’s bruised and hurts more to sit. It doesn’t radiate anywhere and only hurts in one location. If I don’t have any noticeable improvement by Wednesday, I’ll get an Xray.
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Last year I finished the April Fools half burned out and with no desire to run…so I didn’t. . This year, we battled the hardest headwind for the second half of the race. . Around mile 12, I was taken down by a crossing pedestrian. I was knocked completely to the ground and I hit my tailbone (TBD the damage). . For a brief second, I laid there but I thought…I’m finishing this (explicative) race. . Ran for the day which was a 1:26.08 and 1st woman. I believe I am bruised, not broken, but I’ll give it a few days.
Other then that, I feel good about the week. I’ve been focusing on rest and recovery. I’ve been working on “doing the little things” such as sleep and resting, and I do believe it’s helping.
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Questions for you:
How has the weather been around you?