Ok, gang, I am back..... Ran 20 miles on Sunday. And, this was what I needed to re-ignite the fire. Or at least get a spark going again!
I had a wonderful vacation- ran only 3 times... for a weeks total of 20 miles... not very good, but I really think I needed to give the ankle- tendon a break. In fact, I am sitting at my desk right now, stretching it out and thinking taht I need to pop a few advil.
I feel the tendon really ache- when I walk up stairs, run uphill etc... The thing is, once I get going, I actually feel pretty good. I think thet once I warm up the tendon, it feels a lot better. Yesterday, on Monday, it really did not hurt. Today, Tuesday morning, I can really feel it. So, I will quit complianing, and continue to ice it. It just kind of dampens my rinning spirit a little to know I have a little nagging thing that I have to think about.
Anyway, I signed up for the Philly half marathon on the 21st... and I am totally excited for a road trip to Philly. The 20 miler on Sunday felt great! I ran it much faster than our LSD pace. I ran the first 7 slow, then picked it up considerably and probably averaged 10 miute miles for the entire run. I felt good and strong- and it did not feel like 20 miles. I think that the rest really helps, so I know that tapering will really help me feel rested for the marathon... but I am not at that point yet... so until then, I will keep truckin'.
Also, can you believe that lance is coming out of retirement!? Crazy. I think all his women chasing has made his retirement more exhausting than his years of racing!
Later guys and gals... Happy to be back!