Sunday, May 27
Planned: 10K Race
Completed: 2.25 mile run warm up + 10K Race
I ran the Earthquakes Challenge 10K and have a new PR of 56:39. I've already gone on and on about my excitement for this one, but if you want to know more check out the race report!
Monday, May 28
Tuesday, May 29
Planned: 4 mile run
A few spots in my foot and ankle were very tight and slightly sore after the 10K, so I forced myself to rest extra before this weekend's long run. I really wanted to join a friend at a new-to-us running club this day, and even had clothes with me at work to meet her, but I didn't go. Sad.
Wednesday, May 30
Planned: Core Chaos Class
Completed: Core Chaos Class
This was a tough one, much more challenging than last week. Highlights included lots of walking lunges with weight, going forward and backwards. Bridges, hamstring curls on the stability ball. We ended with a round the instructor called the 'Pyramid of Pain.' It began with one exercise, then kept building until we did all 4 exercises. It looked like this:
Round 1 - 50 seconds push ups
Round 2 - 40 seconds push ups, 50 seconds plank
Round 3 - 30 seconds push ups, 40 seconds plank, 50 seconds squats
Round 4 - 20 seconds push ups, 30 seconds plank, 40 seconds squats, 50 seconds jumping jacks
Round 5 - 10 seconds push ups, 20 seconds plank, 30 seconds squats, 40 seconds jumping jacks, 50 seconds burpees
It didn't sound that hard at first, but I definitely felt it by the end. Very tiring, especially after everything else we'd already done earlier in class!
Thursday, May 31
Planned: 4 mile run
Completed: 3 mile run
The soreness and tightness in my foot had not gone away, so I kept it short and easy at 3 miles. I did some running, some walking to try to loosen it up. I was so happy to get out there because I hadn't run since Sunday, so I didn't even care that I was moving so slowly. Beautiful day.
Friday, June 1
Saturday, June 2
Planned: 20 mile long run
Completed: 20 mile long run
This was it, the last 20 miler before Seattle! I had a rough run and never found my happy pace, but I pushed through. I can't even place why I felt so crappy. My calves and foot felt like they loosened up after a couple of miles, I had Nuun and plenty of Clif Shot Blocks, and it was 80ish but I didn't feel overheated. I didn't change anything in my food and hydration routine. This is actually very similar to how I felt during the Chicago Marathon in 2010 when I had such a hard time. But what can you do, right? Let's hope that rough 20 miler was the bad one, and the marathon is the good one!
We took a new route along the Los Gatos Creek Trail, starting at Blackburn School in San Jose. We headed along the trail toward Los Gatos, and when we reached a fork around mile 7 we took the no bikes part of the trail to the left. That turned out to be the hard choice. The path took us along a trail run through trees and then to a steep and long uphill. There were plenty of amazing vistas to keep us occupied, but I'm feeling that segment in the legs today! We took a steep downhill into a park, where we found the main trail and took it back to San Jose. It was a great choice for our long run, a new route with lots of bathroom and water support along the way and many other people out being active.
Pre-run at Los Gatos Creek Trail
Today, I spent a lot of time resting and recovering. Nothing like a little elevation, compression via my new ProCompression marathon socks, and Ben Affleck.