Marathon training is coming to a close! The Shamrock marathon is 3 weeks from tomorrow. We have been having some crazy weather – 10 days ago we had temps in the 60s and all our snow melted – then yesterday we had another huge snow storm, with easily 10 inches of snow, and Monday it’s supposed to be near 60 and thunderstorms ( and hopefully all the snow will melt).
Last weekend I ran the Chili Bowl 5k. I did this same race last year, it is usually the first race of the season around here, and a fun one to do. This year the temperature wasn’t too cold, around 35°, but incredibly windy! At one point I felt like I would be blown off my feet. And somehow we were against the wind most of the way – it seemed to turn around all the downtown buildings, so if we had it at our back it was only briefly ( too bad, it would have helped!).
First mile was 7:35- not very fast, I knew I started too far back in the pack. But surprisingly I wasn’t tired at all – just felt like I was pushing it a bit. Next mile – 15:35 – okay, must have slowed a bit – and finally, finish time of 23:22, 4th in AG. I’m happy with the last mile.1, because it includes a big hill, and the part where I felt like I was being blown off my feet! So slower than last year by about 30+seconds, and unfortunately out of the prizes, would have liked to get 3rd to get another chili bowl to take home!
The next day I did a 20 miler outside, the weather was perfect, around 32°, and it was great to run it outside after so many treadmill long runs. I did an eight mile loop so I could stop by the house for gatorade, then 2 6 mile loops. It worked perfectly. I wasn’t very fast, I think it averaged out to be about 10 minute pace, but I was happy to have it done.
I had planned on another 20 miler today, but had to run it on the treadmill after all the snow we had yesterday ~ the streets are still horrible around here. I made it to 12 and stopped – for some reason I was chaffing really badly ( and this was after using bodyglide too!) and started altering my stride, which made my left heel start to hurt- which led to stopping early. So now, what to do? I have only done 2 20s, but lots of 16 milers. I was going to do 16 next weekend. Should I do the 20 miler instead? I should be able to run outside no matter what I do.