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The long road to 26.2


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Highs then lows

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My shin splint/tendinitis from the fall is back.

I’m not sure what set it off, because I felt fantastic Saturday after the race (but still iced the area out of an abundance of caution) and Sunday, but then yesterday everything got super tight.

Stupidly I went out for an easy 2 mile run yesterday evening, but it’s been nothing but downhill since. My inner leg is swollen between the Achilles and the ankle, has a slight bruising, and the tendon on top of my big toe really hurts. I’ve been resting, icing, and compressing (and wine-ing, unlike whining) all evening and just hoping for the best. Fortunately my next race is only a 5k, 2 months away, but that doesn’t make me any less nervous.


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Race Report!

On Saturday I ran in the Sole of the City 10k put on by Charm City Run in Baltimore. It was my first 10k race, so no matter how the day went it would be an automatic PR. Since deferring my half a few weeks ago, I’ve been focused solely on this race. Despite the improvements I’ve made this winter and spring, I was not feeling at all confident going into the race. Even though I’ve done 4 half marathons, for some reason 6 miles still spooked me. All week I’d been worry about my leg acting up, whether or not I could do well in the race, and how I’d feel during/after the race.

Well, I have no idea why I was worrying so much – I kicked ass on Saturday!! It was chilly, much chillier than the last two weeks have been, and there was a persistent cold wind, which felt fantastic after about 10 minutes of running (even though it was cold enough I had to start to race with gloves on). The course started out downhill, then was basically flat for about 3-4 miles as we ran around the Inner Harbor, with the last two miles or so on some rolling hills through Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood and one small bitch of a hill at mile 6. Once my legs got warmed up, I couldn’t be stopped. Running without walking is something I’ve been trying to work on all along, but on Saturday it kicked into over drive, and I ran almost 4.5 miles without a walk break (except for the 20-30 seconds we had to wait as the course bottlenecked under a bridge). There were plenty of times where, out of habit, I thought I should slow down or take a break to save my energy for later, but then I realized I felt fantastic and had no reason to stop what I was doing. I ran the fastest average pace (~11:20)and the fastest miles I have ever run. Hills that would have brought me to my knees last year were barely noticeable. At the 5 mile mark, I checked my Garmin and realized that I had cut almost 5 1/2 minutes off of my 5 mile PR – I got so excited by this that I almost started crying, until my throat closed off and made breathing difficult; I took 10 seconds to compose myself and kept pushing through the last 1.2 miles.

My goal going into Saturday was to finish in 1:15:00 or better; 1:12:00 or better if I was having an amazing day. My official time was 1:10:47!!!! I couldn’t have asked for a better day if I had written the script myself.

enjoying the post-race festivities :)

enjoying the post-race festivities 🙂

According to my Garmin, my splits were:

Mile 1 – 11:15
Mile 2 – 11:32 (there was a bottleneck going into Rash Field that ate up about 20-30 seconds, so I was actually faster)
Mile 3 – 10:52
Mile 4 – 11:02
Mile 5 – 11:46
Mile 6 – 11:20
Last .2 – 2:58 (9:57 pace)


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#runforboston

I had been planning to run today, but after yesterday’s attack at Boston and the call for all runners to unite and #runforboston, I was even more determined to get out and run hard. 5k in 36:14, an unofficial PR by 45 seconds.

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This past week has been incredibly warm, and it’s amazing what a difference a week can make in the spring. Everything is starting to pop, the leaves are coming out on the trees and the grass is getting greener each day.

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Disappointment and Surprise

My left shin splint/tendonitis has been acting up since my 7 mile run. After the 8 mile run the other week it throbbed and spazed all week, even while I was sitting on the sofa watching tv. Looking at how things have been progressing and the amount of time left on the calendar between now and the Maryland Half, I have decided to defer my half to next year. Although I was really looking forward to the race, I don’t want to risk doing more damage or injuring myself even further. I’m still running the 10k in a few weeks and the 5k in June, but I’m going to be capping my runs at about 5 or 6 miles for a while. This will also hopefully give me time to focus more on strengthening my legs and hips, which I think are actually the root of the problem.

That being said, I went out for a hill run today. You know, the best and worst hill in town. The one I’ve never run all the way up. Last time I ran 3 repeats, this time I planned on 4.

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Well, today I conquered it. Twice. Well, technically the second time included a 10-15 foot walk near the top before restarting the run, but I made it. The mental aspect of running has always been much more burdensome for me than the physical, and today I conquered both. Restarting once I stopped to walk has always been a challenge. Today it wasn’t.

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