Half marathon #2 of 3 is fast approaching, and I am so ready…ready to enjoy it and to run some real miles again. I’ve never run two races like this close together (only two weeks apart), so I’ve been a little confused as to how to recover yet stay prepared for the next race.
Basically, I’ve hated it. I decided to follow Run Far Girl’s plan based on her experience last fall, which essentially called for a few days’ rest, then easy runs every other day until the next race. I made one modification, subbing a 6-mile run for her 3-mile run last Saturday. I just couldn’t bring myself not to do at least six miles. I feel like it’s not enough running–like I’m losing what little edge I had–but yet I know I need to recover and take it easy so I’m refreshed for the next race.
My paces and energy have been fairly scattered. My legs have felt pretty strong and like they’ve recovered quickly, but yet my energy has felt a little sluggish (“like a wet sponge!”) at times. I tell myself, “It was only a half…suck it up!” and then keep plowing the road when I feel droopy, but I’ve also tried to listen to my body and not push myself to run too fast. I am just trying to tread water until I can go out there and stink it up again! 🙂
I’ve been dragging an increasingly overheated dog on the last run or two, which hasn’t helped.
It’s all fun and games until I’m pulling him down the street…
My only goal for this next race is to avoid what happened last time…I don’t ever want to experience that type of episode again. I am going to take a salt packet before leaving the house like I did before last spring’s marathon, and I am going to get a better water bottle so that I can take my Nuun with me (it leaked last time and I had to leave it at the car.) I also am going to start off slower, in case that was part of the problem and also since my legs probably aren’t as fresh. I am trying not to set any time goals, although I will be pissed to come in anywhere over 1:55.
In other news this week, HH and I took the boys to see Mizzou (our undergrad) play Wichita State at Kauffman stadium the other night. We got front-row seats, which really paid off when the KC Royals mascot, Slugger, decided to get a little fresh and entertain us with a little tail twerking.
Work it, Sluggerrr…anybody got some ones I can tuck into his waistband?
Even better than his piece of tail was our close-up view of the great hot dog race…it was close, but the “wiener” was Mustard…”squirting” by Relish for the victory! Ketchup “squeezed” out of the gate too slow and just couldn’t “Ketch-up!”
Yes, I am laughing at my own lameness…pardon the
As always, happy running, and to all those blogging friends who also are running races this weekend, good luck!