It has been a while since I’ve posted. I decided to take a little time away from blogging in July. I was still keeping up reading other’s blogs, but with a lot going on & no formal race training going on I thought it was a good time to take a hiatus. Here’s a quick recap of the going-ons in July!
I left my job & took a week off to visit family in Virginia with my husband.
We visited with his brother & wife and our 18 month old niece. She called our dog “Woof woof” the whole day! We also stayed with his parents for a night and with my parents for another night. I had taken the week off from running to allow my tendon to heal, but I love to run when I am in VA. I got up early on a Saturday and ran the 1 mile from my parents house down to the trail and did an out and back. It was 70 degrees with 100% humidity. Killer!
We got a new-to-us car!
It’s a newer Nissan Altima and its pretty much the nicest car either of us have ever had. Needless to say, we are pretty excited about it and love driving it around.
I started my new job.
I am now an account executive at a branding agency downtown. When I graduated college, this was my first career goal. I’m only two weeks in, but so far I am enjoying it. Working downtown is great. I am only a 10 minute walk to the park where the spring half marathon holds its finish party.
We celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary.
Last weekend we went out for dinner and then headed downtown for drinks. We wanted to see Wish I Was Here, but unfortunately we were not a “select city” – we’ll be going to see it tomorrow instead. I can’t believe it’s already been two years since our wedding day, but we had a great weekend together.
Now for race training…
I got tired of the pain in my foot and decided to take an entire week off from exercise completely while we were in Virginia. This seemed to help a lot and my foot wasn’t nearly as bad after my Virginia run. I decided to take a second week off. Unfortunately this meant I missed the chance to meet Meb Keflezighi at one of my training group runs, but ultimately I knew that taking the time off was the right choice. After a second week off I did a 6 mile run and felt pretty good, but was still unsure about my shoes. I read a review that said the heel drop had been reduced and caused that reviewer calf pain so I was suspicious that this may have led to my problems as well. I dug around and found an older pair of Asics at home. They’re worn, but not a ridiculous amount since I likely wore them back when I only ran for exercise and only averaged around 10 miles a week total. Then this past week I got an infection and had to take 3 more days off, ugh! I usually build an extra week into my training plan in case I get sick, but I never expected to use it the first week! This morning I went out for a 7 mile run with my training group and wore my older shoes. This seems to have made a big difference, but I guess only time will tell. The humidity combined with my antibiotics led me to quit a little short of 6 miles, but with there being 12 weeks until race day I wasn’t at all upset about it. Official training begins on Monday! Here is an amusing picture from the start of this morning’s run.
I am signed up for 3 races that I plan to run, but not race. Two of them match up pretty well for my mileage that weekend, so I figured I might as well get a medal for completing my long run. First up is a quarter marathon in August. Then I am doing a distance team relay in September which will bring me to a total mileage of 9.8 miles (more likely 10) over two legs of running. Last up is The Ohio State 4 miler. I may use this as speed work or I may just keep it casual and enjoy finishing in the shoe! There is a 10 miler next weekend that I have always wanted to do, but I haven’t decided yet if I want to run it – I may be one of those last-minute registrations.
That’s a recap of my month & what’s to come over the next few weeks. I will be back to posting more regularly now that I will be back on an official training schedule.