or Happy Saturday to those of you that don't speak nonsense as easily as I do!
Thank you so much for the hugs, support, and love! It's been rough at times and other times I seem to be adjusting pretty ok. It's the little things that I miss the most. When I come home, it's especially hard. I'm in and out all day long petsitting and I had gotten quite used to Rey being here when I got home. And the random hugs he gave me throughout the day...ok, and the laundry being done. LOL! Yep, he was doing quite a bit around the house, so I'm having to readjust to that! We are talking constantly though and things are going well for him, he's already on a load to California, which in our world means Moolah! Lots of miles equals lots of money, so that's a good thing.
So, onto running! This morning I had my longest run to date! It's 2 weeks from my 10K, so I planned on a 7 mile run and then next week I'll taper a tiny bit and do 5 or 5.5 for my long run so my legs are "fresh" for the race. I drove into the bigger town near us so that I could run the Acorn trail. I parked in the middle and I did 1.75 out and back to the car, took a gel and a drink and then another 1.75 out and back the other way. Worked perfectly for 7 miles! It's a really pretty trail as well, loved not having to worry about cars.
I was really stiff starting out and my knees hurt a bit. I'm unsure if this is normal soreness from my legs getting stronger, improper fueling, beginnings of injury...no clue. I just knew that I was going to do these miles and I would take it slow if needed. So I did.
I didn't really feel warmed up until close to 3 miles. I was back at the car around 3.35, so I took a GU gel right before getting to the car, chugged some water, took off my jacket and headed the other direction.
The discomfort in my knees never really went away but it wasn't painful, so I kept going. I had to go a bit farther to make sure I was going to be at 7 miles when I got back. When I hit 10K I was at 1:07:01, which is about 24 seconds slower than the last time I timed my 6.2 but I'm totally ok with that, I'm still learning pacing and sometimes I go way faster or way slower during my runs. Naturally when I hit 6.2 I felt like I could just keep going forever. LOL. I have no idea why I'm like this, but the last mile is when I feel like I could keep going, but it's only b/c I KNOW I don't have to! I need to find a way to trick myself into thinking I'm nearly done all the time. ;)
Fantastic albeit hard run, I feel pretty pleased with myself for pushing through! Oh and I even saw alpacas on the run, snapped a quick picture. Naturally I took a sweaty/finish picture...don't let this shot fool you, I was dripping but had just wiped my face.
I hope everyone has a lovely holiday weekend, I'll be working for most of it since a lot of my clients go out of town for holidays.
Questions, as always!
Do you hurt when you run? Have you identified what it is that is causing it? Can you tell the difference between an injury or just soreness?
What are you plans for the long weekend? Anything special?