I had a good run this morning before work. No, I had a GREAT run. I promised myself I’d go for 3 miles but walk as much as I needed to. After the first mile I felt really good, but reminded myself that my body is still recovering, so I decided to walk for 1 minute. I repeated that after Mile 2 as well, but after my watch went “da-da-DING!” for Mile 3, I was still about a block from home so I decided to keep going. I finished with 3.25 miles in 33:02, so a 10:08 pace overall but my running pace was pretty consistently around 9:45.
Of course, because it’s me, I couldn’t just enjoy how good I felt. I had be as negative as possible and kept thinking about how dang far 13.1 miles is going to feel next weekend. I was so well-trained up until surgery earlier this month, and I knew there was even a chance I may not be recovered in time to even run the race, so I should just be grateful that I’ll (knock on wood) be toeing the line next Sunday at 8am. I know I can finish, but I may end up walking more than I would like. Technically I am much better trained than I was last year, but without a lot of “last minute prep” because of surgery. So although my goal is obviously to beat last year’s time of 2:25:20, I’m going to focus on the other goal of running all four B.A.A. races in 2017! Just finishing will be something to be proud of, and then hopefully I can focus on getting a good time for the Cambridge Half Marathon in November – which is totally flat (the B.A.A. Half is very hilly).
With all that said, I still have a week to keep training. My wrist is hurting a LOT LESS now and the pain seems to be localized around one big lump that looks like some sort of clot or swollen vein. I haven’t tried to do much with it and am still wearing the brace constantly, but I think I’m going to attempt my yoga sculpt class on Monday evening. I’m not sure what I’ll do in terms of a workout tomorrow as I’ll be at my mom’s. I’m planning a long run around her town on Sunday morning, so perhaps just some plyo/yoga/stretching tomorrow that I can easily do in her living room.