Another simple workout yesterday but today is an off day. I’ll be honest, I’m starting to get a little nervous. I *think* things are getting better but the nerve pain is still there with certain moves.
Tuesday I rolled out some BIG knots in my left side and my glutes have been tender ever since. I’m hoping as hard as I can that once that tenderness goes away and the small muscle fibers are healed that things will get better. That knot in my piriformis/glute was probably what had been rubbing on the nerve for weeks.
Keep your fingers crossed guys! I’m not giving up on my #buffalomarathon2018 training just yet, but soon it may be time to get realistic.
Finally got those hill repeats in! Watch definitely is not perfect with elevation because it estimated a 7 foot climb. Yeah uhh...not quite but thanks for trying!
9 hill repeats as up-and-overs meaning I ran hard for about 10-15 seconds past the crest. Mentally and physically challenging! I think our brains are wired to view the “top” as the “finish”. Kept to about my mile pace for the climbs and then jogged to the bottom of one side...then turned right around and ran up the other side. ~1 mile warmup (9:00 pace)
9 hill repeats (7:50 pace)
~1.5 mile cool down (9:45 pace)
This was the first time in a while that I woke up and just wasn’t mentally into running. I’m 99% certain it’s because this is the first run in almost two weeks where the weather was straight up gloomy.
Then I remembered my never-run-in backup shoes in my closet! I bought them a month ago but wanted to save them as long as I could. My other shoes have been heavily used for about 3 months so it’s getting close to time to switch.
Funny how a new pair of shoes is like meeting a new person. Awkward at first but after about 7.5 miles, you’re practically BFFs. Not tossing the old kicks yet, but these bright blue beauties will be a regular in the rotation!
My face says “I DID IT!” but my legs say “whyyyyyyy??” EIGHTEEN MILES!
The first few miles were the hardest. I was probably a little more surprised than I should have been since it was my first run with a fuel belt. Definitely had to get used to the weight and figure out exactly how to position it so it didn’t bounce around too much. I was pretty frustrated initially but I worked it out.
After that I felt GREAT all the way to mile ~16.5. The last mile was into the wind and my legs started feeling it hard.
Props to the fellow runner who gave me a thumbs up at mile 14. You da real MVP.
2 months ago
I am now exactly HALF WAY through my formal training program! Realistically I’ve been in training mode since the last week of December but that first month was just about building my base back after taking a month off from endurance running.
Treated myself at @fleetfeetbuff to celebrate! I’ve been running with a SpiBelt and 18oz bottle but that just isn’t enough fluid (or snack storage) for me anymore so I upgraded to a fuel belt. Also got some new snacks to try! A little unsure about using the sport beans and energy gummies early on because they are pretty high in sugar compared to the Gu and Shotbloks I’ve been used to. Anyone have a favorite run fuel?