Last year you may remember I had a few months there that I raced like an insane person. I over trained then in April/May ran the following.
- Wounded Warrior 5k- This was only a 5k so I didn't think of it as a race but I ran pretty hard clocking, 19:51 and then proceeded to do my 15 mile long run the next day
- Gazelle Girl Half Marathon- I forgot to meniton, the 15 mile long run was actually the Gazelle Girl Marathon the next day, I got 10th place and ran 1:33:30 averaging about 7 flat pace for 13 miles plus cool down... Still no days off at this point.
- Striders 10 Miler- I love this race and it was the following weekend so I didn't feel I had a choice I HAD to run it right? Once again I get competitive and race and have a great race, 1:09:12, under 7 minutes a mile and it was a hilly course... still no break.
- Rock n Roll Nashville Half Marathon- One week has gone by since striders 10 miler so I thought I was okay and ran this half marathon. This now is 1 week til my full marathon I have been training for religiously. I told myself I wouldnt race and I would go easy. I still clocked 1:37:00 averaging 7:25 pace....
- Kalamazoo Marathon- It's been one week since rock n roll, I DID rest through out the week but only like 3 days of rest, plus it was my birthday that week AND I moved because we had bought our first house! SO yeah I probably was a little fatigued even though I didn't realize it. I ran the hilly course Kalamazoo boasts in 03:23:11- a HUGE personal record for me, and got me into Boston, qualifying by over 15 minutes. I should have stopped there
- 5/3 River Bank Run- Everyone told me to take a few weeks off completely but I 5/3 River Bank Run was the following weekend and that's a Grand Rapids staple so I felt like I HAD to do it. I chose to do the 10k... thinking, well that will be easier than the full 15 miles right?! WRONG. I raced it, 6:45ish pace feeling awful the whole time. The next day I did an "easy" trail run at cannonsburg and almost passed out.
Here's where the news gets good, I finally got a 4 mile run in, no stopping and NO pain... I am so excited. This whole process has changed how I feel about running and my body and I will never let what happened last year happen to me again. REST is key and I will live by that motto.
|whipped! This was right after my successful 4-miler, which normally would be no big deal, but after so much injury 4 miles with no pain felt amazing.|
Now I just need to train for Boston.... I still have 9 weeks! Let's do this. Is anyone else training for Boston and as excited as me!