The setback of being hurt so soon after the marathon, and the holidays being upon us sent me down the same path I went last year following my first marathon. I have had some decent running, but have not run too many days in a row before this week because I didn't want to run the risk of re-injury. The fear of re-injury has also kept my long runs somewhat.... how should I say it..... short.
I have something to share about an upcoming marathon before too long but I am not ready to share quite yet. That being the case I decided I needed to get on a schedule to get my long runs back to where they were, and to do it quickly. I wanted to do a 10 miler yesterday, my first double digit distance since the marathon, but that run didn't work out because of family being in from out of town, and a snow storm and then freezing temperatures that came in the night before leaving the roads runner un-friendly for a morning long run.
Since I am on vacation the rest of the week today seemed like a very good alternative considering my brother and his family were not arriving till later in the afternoon. The temperatures are not much different than they were yesterday, however the roads and sidewalks have had a chance to recover so the long run would take place.
My daughter Payton also needed to get a long run in today and she asked if I could run with her. She was supposed to do 7-9 miles but I talked her into running the 10 that I wanted to do. We bundled up for the very windy 32 degrees and headed out into the deceivingly sunny weather at the stroke of noon.
We got to the turn around point and the first five miles were history. Payton asked if we could stop because she forgot to "dress" her blisters and they were hurting really bad. She checked them and they were quite bad. After trying to run for another minute we decided it was time to call in the reinforcements and mom was called to bring the Mueller More Skin and other First Aid items so the blisters could be dressed for the return 5 miles.
The return 5 miles was at a slightly faster pace, finishing it off with an 8:15 pace for the final mile. The return trip was mostly directly into that cold wind which gave us wind chills down in the mid-teens. I am sure we had very rosy cheeks which was quite appropriate as we passed Santa in his sleigh that looked an awful lot like an SUV.
It was an interesting run, but I am still very happy with it. It is a run that will give me confidence to move forward and get back into the mileage I was running leading up to the marathon.
How has your training been going over this holiday season? I won't ask the question of how you have been eating, I will just assume you have been eating just like I have been and leave it at that.
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