Hey there! Here we go another week…let’s do this!
So I’m running Smuttynose Half Marathon on Sunday. Huh. It’s kind of weird. I have no expectations for the race. I actually keep forgetting about it. It’s definitely a different feeling from past races that I’ve done. I’ve been slowly building my mileage back up since I’ve been running pain free over a month now. On Sunday I thought I’d try to tackle 12 miles. My plan was to go out and see how I felt. If it didn’t feel right at any time, I’d start walking back home.
I woke up Sunday morning to pitch black, rain and a wild animal making really, really strange noises. At first I thought it was one of the kids screeching off and on. Rather than finding out what it was I decided to do 4 miles on the treadmill so it would be a little lighter when I tackled the remaining 8. I had a strange moment while I was getting ready. I totally blanked on what I eat prior to a long run. It seems so long ago. I ended up with toast and almond butter. I think that’s what was working before…
I took my time warming up on the treadmill and did a nice easy pace for the first 2 miles and then ramped up gradually. I felt really, really good. It’s like how it used to be prior to my knee injury. I hopped off the treadmill at 4 miles and hoped the next 8 would be just as great.
The rain had stopped and it was surprisingly warm. Just last Sunday I had to wear a long sleeve tee but was very comfortable in short sleeves and a running skirt. I brought along my handheld Nathan water bottle and a strawberry Cliff Shot gel. Side note: I ordered a case of Cliff Shots a week before my knee injury in July thinking that I’d go through them during the remainder of marathon training. As Alanis Morissette famously sang, “Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think?” 🙂 So I’ve got a boat load of Cliff Shots to last me for awhile. Good thing they last for eons.
I took off in a direction that I knew was about 8 miles round trip. One thing I love about using my Garmin is that I don’t need to plan out a route. I just take off and run. If I want to change the route, I just keep an eye on the distance. I was chasing the sun peeking behind the clouds but I never made it to a clear spot to see it. Instead I was greeted with fog over the fields.
The miles cranked on by despite having Elmo’s “Brush Your Teeth” song stuck in my head for at least 6 of them. I won’t play it for you but feel free to click on the link. You can thank me later after you’ve been singing it ALL DAY. At times, I really enjoy running by myself. As I said a hundred times, it’s my ME time. Just my thoughts. Some runs I come up with great blog post ideas or solutions to the worlds problems. Other days, I’ve got nothing but Elmo. Lately, I’ve been really missing my running buddies (Erika come back!). Having company makes a run go by fast. You chit chat about everything even if you just met. Plus, I feel like it helps me progress as a runner. I don’t really push myself too much when I’m alone. But with a group or buddy (especially a faster one), I like the challenge. I put a plea out to a local running group to see if anyone in my neighborhood was interested in meeting up for early morning runs during the week. I got no response. Guess nobody else likes running in the dark? I need to get back to the Saturday morning CAA runs. I’m planning on doing that after Smuttynose.
Before I knew it I was back home. Twelve miles done thanks to my trusty Mizuno’s and Elmo! 😉
I’m so happy and thankful to be pain free again! The time flew by and I think breaking up the run really helped that. I feel a little more confident going into next week’s race but I’m still going to reign it in and be smart. Bring on Smuttynose!