Y'all. Day 23. Can you believe it's Day 23?! I'll be honest though: I've only run 21 days. I'm going to count 22 though, because I ran 3 times in 2 days this past weekend as part of the Tuna Run 200, a relay race from Raleigh to Atlantic Beach. And today I'm just being lazy and recovering from that race. We'll be back on track tomorrow.
6:20am, 2am, and 11am. Those were my race leg start times. Roughly. And my, did it feel good!
The race also meant my blog posts got derailed, but there was a massive hack that shut down a ton of sites on Saturday too, so I don't feel bad about that.
Total distance run last Saturday through Friday: 22.94 miles
All the other numbers are squishy since things got messed up with the race, but the good news is I survived: I didn't get run over by a car on some dark country road, I didn't get chased by a dog (though some other runners did), I didn't even get all that sore and sleep-deprived (it was about normal amounts of soreness and sleep deprivation for me, so nothing new). And the best news is I've got pics to prove it happened! Check back on the blog tomorrow for more.
I am trying so hard to psych myself up for this race.The Rock'n'Roll Raleigh marathon and half marathon is coming up on Sunday, and I'm racing the half. Racing? Running? One of those. I'll be trying to race my time to see if I can somehow get it under 2 hours and 10 minutes, but at the same time I'm worried.
On Saturday in the middle of a 12 mile long run I suffered my first pure running injury. Sure, I've had aches and pains and black toenails and soreness before, but a true running injury? 15 years of running and it finally happened: I tripped on a sidewalk, went sprawling, and tore up my knee. Seven blood-soaked miles later I finally limped back to Fleet Feet at the end of my run.And while I might have had the misfortune of tearing up my knee on a run that morning, local kids had the good fortune of getting a nice big box of books donated for First Pages!
It's time! Time I stopped procrastinating and actually signed up for my spring races, so that's exactly what I did this past week. My spring 2017 races are officially on the books: Rock'n'Roll Raleigh half marathon on April 2 and, for some inexplicable reason why I'm running this for a third time (ughhhhh!), the Tar Heel 10 Miler on April 22. This is my fifth half marathon and my third 10 miler and yes, it does seem crazy to run this much, but I'm excited about these races! Here are the top things I'm looking forward to!
10 miles can be an exhausting long run.I know this woman who has a son who, when he trains for a half marathon, goes all-out on every long run. He's young and full of energy and feels no fatigue throughout the training plan. For the rest of us though, we're not so lucky, and we have to train smart on the long run. While it can be tempting to run the weekly long run at race pace, it's actually smarter (especially for beginners) to take the long run at a nice, easy pace.
I am not a leggings kinda person. I'll wear them for climbing and yoga, and that's it. Even when it's horribly cold I'm the person who lounges around in shorts and goes running in shorts. It's partly because it's never quite that cold in North Carolina to necessitate getting really bundled up, and partly because it's just not that comfortable to me - they ride up awkwardly, they cling in places I want a little more room, and they chafe on long runs.So the other day when I was browsing gear at one of my local running stores I picked up a pair of leggings to try on - mostly out of a little self-Schadenfreude (but also because of their crazy rad print). And - shocking! - they fit in all the right places! I couldn't believe it!
Snow in North Carolina can really put a crimp in training runs. Most of the powdery snow has already melted or been trampled into a thick sheet of ice so running is treacherous - so much so that as I write this I just watched a neighbor's kid face-plant on the street (it's fine; the kid is okay - they got up and just kept running. Good kid).
What's in a word? Or rather, what's in a silence? Long, hard work at a day job, and long, physical work in Johnston County forced my silence for the past week. I've never been one to plan blog posts more than a couple days in advance, so with a sudden onslaught of extra responsibilities and the sudden lack of time (an hour commute each way and extra work killed all my blogging and running time) meant radio silence. On Saturday though, stuck in Johnston County, I took the chance to explore somewhere new for a little stroll.
I posted yesterday about The Displaced Period Project and 5K and 1 mile "Ugly Sweater Fun Run" to raise money for menstrual supplies for area shelters. (No seriously, check out their GoFundMe page here! https://www.gofundme.com/displaced-periods) The write-up yesterday included just a fraction of the photos from the event - check out the full photo gallery!