Happy Wednesday! I left you last week with the goal to actually cross-train on my scheduled cross-training days. (I’m training for my first half marathon at the Urban Cow Half!) I’m walking on those days for now but I may try some strength training at home this week.
Here’s a breakdown of my workouts this week:
On Thursday, I met with my Moms Run This Town group for 5 miles. This run was awesome in that I ran more without walk breaks than I had in almost 2 months! That was definitely a result of running with my MRTT friends. They always find ways to push me past what I’d do on my own! (Find a chapter near you at momsrunthistown.com!)
On Friday, I got to go on one last walk with my mom before she headed home. It was so nice being able to exercise with her! Plus we got a quality 2 week visit with her before we move to Germany later this year. It’s going to be hard to be away from our family, especially with Alex!
AND THEN…it was Saturday. Long run day! I was feeling really good for my scheduled 7 miles.
The first 3 miles of my run were great. I’d headed out with my MRTT group to run on a nice, paved river trail and it was really pretty. I’ve been testing different energy gels to fuel my runs in order to figure out what flavors I like for my half marathon. I tried the GU Pineapple Roctane and my run very quickly went out the window. It didn’t agree with my stomach and I couldn’t really run without pain. So I walked…a lot. When I walked, I felt okay so I’d try to run again but my body said no way. I was upset after I finished the 7 miles but as the day went on, I accepted that it’s just part of the journey. People have bad runs all the time and I’m no exception. I have 8 miles on the schedule this Saturday so hopefully it will go smoothly!
Speaking of Saturday, I’ll be using my long run to run in the #RunForTexas virtual race! This race has a 5k or 10k option and 100% of the cost is going straight to the American Red Cross and Texas Diaper Bank to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please take this link and register or donate!
On Monday, I hit up Fleet Feet Sacramento and got some new Asics running shoes. I tested them on a 4 mile run Tuesday and then felt good except I think the toe box may not be wide enough. I had some toe pain on my left foot halfway through my run so I’ll be testing them again tomorrow. Thankfully, Fleet Feet has a great return policy so if they’re the wrong shoe, I can simply exchange them!
My goal this week is to keep up on self-care with stretching and rolling like I have been. My shin splints have barely bugged me since I kicked that up an extra notch. What’s your goal for the week? Comment below! Have a wonderful week and don’t forget to register for #RunForTexas!