I had a busy, busy weekend. Friday night when I got off work I headed to the gym because, again, the wind was just AWFUL. I have been loathing the gym all week, but it seems to be the only place I can get my run on when the wind is just blowing me from side to side. I had six easy on the books but I just cannot do slow on the treadmill. Any extended period of time on the thing and I begin to loose my mind! So, my crazy running brain thought it would be good to get in another speed work out all the while forgetting I had my last 20+ miler the next morning. Well, the speed work went great...I did a ladder workout and finished the run strong ready to go home and scarf down some Indian food before my big run.
6 miles 44:06 7:21/mi pace My legs felt strong the whole run, but my knees have been killing me lately again. I don't know if it is just my head playing games on me because when I stop to think about it all, I have five weeks of races starting this weekend. It's a little overwhelming when I attempt to wrap my head around it, but at the same time, like I said, I am wicked excited. But needless to say, my knees were not happy after that run. I iced like a mofo when I got home, stretched rolled my quads out and hoped for the best.
Saturday morning I had planned on hitting the trails around 7:30. Like, my butt should have been running at 7:30 am, but my body decided to continue to sleep until 7 am! I guess I needed the sleep! I had also planned to head up to Aron's neck of the woods to switch things up for this long run. I know this can happen to us all - we get tired of running the same routes all. the. time. The thought of running 20+ miles on the same path I have been doing was too daunting, so Ari and I packed up the car, drove about 45 mins and went to do my run on the Iron Horse Trail. I was not disappointed either, so worth the drive. The weather was cool, the path was not crowded and I was able to put my head down and just run. My knees were still bothering me though. By mile 5 the pain was kind-of sharp. I took a Gu and just continued to power through. At the same time though, in the back of my mind, I knew something was just not right. I was running in my Nike Lunar Glides that have about 250 miles on the. I love them so much. Nice and light, and yet still supportive. I wanted to use these in Boston so this was going to be our last run together until April 19th. They were just not doing the trick though. I even started running on the little dirt path next to the paved path because it made my knees feel better. By mile 10 they were aching bad. I took another Gu, and a salt tab, and popped some Advil to get the final 10 in. They were uneventful other than my knees were just aching. I'm worried, and yet I don't think it's anything too serious. I have had a great training cycle and this week I finished up with 52 miles. All those miles, two speed works and a long run probably are what made them scream.
20.8 miles 2:52:17 8:17/mi pace I did stop 4 times - twice to Gu, once to tie my shoe and once to pop the Advil and stretch. Aside from those, my pace was pretty consistent and I would find my pace pretty easily when I was out there. I am so glad this run is done. I start my taper next week and I couldn't be more happy. Just one more week of about 45-50 miles and I will be ready to hit the ground running and hopefully, just hopefully, BQ in Boston :)
When I was done though, I couldn't ignore my knees. The only thing I was thinking was that it was my shoes. They do have some significant miles on them, and I had toyed with the idea of getting new ones before Boston. But I couldn't find a pair of Lunar Glides down by me. So we headed over the Road Runner Sports to pick up a new pair right away. When I tried on the new ones, they didn't feel all that great. They didn't feel like new shoes. Maybe it was my tired feet - I literally had just ran 20 miles. But it wasn't the way it should feel. After talking to the sales guy, and telling him my needs, he brought out a pair of Asics Gel Nimbus 12's. I was hesitant to try them on. I love my Nike's. I have five pairs! But I tried them on and they felt...awesome. They are a little different feel, as Nike uses air in their soles, and Asics uses gel. But nothing I couldn't get used to. They feel awesome and I'm excited to run in them!
I didn't do my recovery run in them yesterday as it was raining out :( And I don't think I will today either as the rain is going to continue. I am hoping to do my med-long run in them on Wednesday/Thursday and see how they feel. If they are a no go, I do have other Nike's I can wear, but I have a feeling they will be my new best friends.
I got in my recovery miles before Mass yesterday and was able to enjoy a relaxing day with my family knowing that I have filled my tank for Boston. Not much more I can do to be ready, just one little race next weekend and then I'm off- the final countdown :) I hope you all had a great Easter and rocked those runs and races! I'm off to catch up on blogs!
Oh, and one more thing - the core challenge ends on April 9th, so give this week your final push peeps! I can't wait to see who wins!!
Happy Monday and Happy Running!!!