I did it! My time, according to my Apple Watch, was two minutes faster this year. Not bad for having a bad cold, battling terrible smoky air, and having to deal with an injury during my training.
Honestly, I wasn’t really looking forward to this. I was kinda cranky about running it in the days leading up to it. And then I caught a bad cold a couple days ago and yesterday the smoke was so bad you could taste it! I was worried about how the air would be today and honestly wasn’t sure I’d be able to go through with it if the air quality was anything like yesterday.
But this morning I walked out the door at 6:00 and the air was crisp and clean. And it stayed that way, as well as staying cool. Perfect running weather! And now it’s pouring rain. 😊 boom! It’s Fall.
Today is my last long run before the half marathon in 2 weeks. My plan instructed me to run 14 miles. I think the idea is that you tend to hit the wall a couple of miles before the longest distance you have trained up to, so if you train a little bit more miles than the race you won’t hit the wall.
Things seem to be all healed up and I felt really good.
For the next two weeks I am going to add in my usual cross training on my non-running days so I can be in top shape for the race.
I saw a raven as I started the cool down walk back home. It looked like a huge crow, so that’s the only way I know it was a raven. It was really cool! I hope it’s an auspicious sign. I will take it as an auspicious sign, because I love ravens.
My power song today was “Dis Generation” by a Tribe Called Quest. I love that song and have been listening it a lot lately. It’s got an amazing groove and the poetry is awesome.
I think this is a raven. It’s huge. Way bigger than a crow.
I am happy to report that I was able to run today! My injury is healing up and I am in significantly less pain. Actually, the pain is pretty much gone. I’m still healing but I am so relieved to not be in excruciating pain anymore. Today’s scheduled run was 4 miles and I took it very slow today. And also, as a related aside, I’m thinking about purchasing a running bra called “The Last Resort.” For reasons.
Today’s power song was not as much a power song, but more a nice happy grove. It was De La Soul’s Eye Know.
Today I ran a very painful 12 miles. I mentioned earlier this week about an injury. I was very tempted to just skip my run today because, holy fuck, this injury is fucking painful. Basically, my running bra has caused a blister which has caused an abscess. This exact thing happened last year and it sucked then too. However, last year it happened earlier in my training. This year it’s happening at a key point in my training when I can’t really take much of a break. So I sucked it up and just fucking did that motherfucker. And it fucking hurt. I ran it reeeeallly slow. But ended up, still, in “the plan’s” slower end of the recommended running pace. So there you go. Tonight I’m eating pizza and drinking beer because I deserve it.