Giving up the fight, but keeping the streak alive.

Since I ran my second half marathon in October, I have been trying to continue with my training. I had hopes of running my third half in December, my fourth half in January, and my first full marathon in February. Unfortunately my body had other ideas and I have finally given up the fight. Lately, most of my runs have not been the greatest and I have been fighting my way through them. I’ve been unable to go any further than 15 miles without some kind of injury sidelining me. For the last few weeks, every run I have done over 3 miles has resulted in pain and always in a different spot so it doesn’t seem to be a recurring injury. I just think my body is telling me I need a break and I need to scale back my weekly mileage. 

I will conquer you one day marathon!

On a more positive note, I can still run and I am keeping the streak alive. I have managed to run at least one mile for the last 7 days and I do not intend on giving up on that challenge. Here is how the miles have added up so far:

Tuesday: 2 miles

Wednesday: 1 mile

Thursday: 10k fun run

Friday: 1 mile

Saturday: 3 miles

Sunday: 12 miles

Today: 1.5 miles

I left my cousin’s house on Saturday morning to head home and after it warmed up, I went out for my run. I was planning on a long run on Sunday morning so I didn’t want to go too far or hard but I was feeling good so I ran out 1.5 miles and ran the whole way back feeling pretty strong with a pace of 8:51. It was a great run and gave me hope for the long run I had planned for Sunday. So that night I carbo loaded with some delicious pancakes with peanut butter on top.

I got up Sunday morning and knew that I wanted to get the run done first thing because I run better in the mornings. But it was 25 degrees out! So I bundled up in my running capris, compression socks, thermal top, my new pullover from Walmart, gloves, and a headband to keep my ears warm. At mile 3 there was still frost on the ground:

My hands got hot around mile 2, so the gloves came off, but I needed everything else to keep me warm for the rest of the run. Here I am happy for a walk/fuel break at mile 3:

At mile 6 I started feeling some pain in my achilles/calf muscle so I turned around and had another walk/fuel break.

Please excuse the luggage under my eyes, that’s what my allergies do to me.

It is so peaceful and beautiful running out here:

It was a struggle with the pain in my calf continuing to irritate me but I made in back home, 12 miles in 2 hours 1 min. I was pretty sore the rest of the day so I did my best to continually stretch and foam roll. When I woke up this morning I still had some residual pain in my calf so I rested most of the morning before heading to the gym around 10:45.

I decided to take it easy to try to work out the soreness in my legs, 35 slow minutes on the bike and 35 minutes at level 2 on the stair climber. Then I needed to get in my run for the day and it was raining outside, so I reluctantly hopped on the treadmill and did 1.5 miles at an average pace of 10:30. It was boring! But I got it done and the streak continues!

Two PRs in one day!!

When I woke up on Wednesday morning, I was feeling a weird tightness/pain in my Achilles tendon so I decided to do an easy 40 minutes on the stationary bike while catching up on Runner’s World.

I also threw in some strength training with the free weights for good measure. This is the view I got to enjoy during my workout.

I spent the rest of the day relaxing and watching The Avengers. It was the first time I had seen it since we watched it in the theater and the second time did not disappoint. I just love Joss Whedon!

After Chris got home from work we went shopping to find him some barefoot shoes to wear during his Spartan Race on Saturday. There wasn’t as great of a selection as we would have liked but he ended up getting these:

I hope they don’t get destroyed the first time he wears them. Then we got home and watched Big Bang Theory, I’ve only recently gotten into this show but it is so funny! Why didn’t I discover it sooner?

When I woke up on Friday my Achilles tendon was still bothering me a bit so I stretched and foam rolled in preparation for the 5k I planned on running at noon. The run/walk was an AIDS awareness free event sponsored by the Keesler Air Force Base gym.

I just wanted  to run it for fun and see how I did. I started out pretty fast and started fading a bit in the second mile. It was an out and back course, so when we turned around I saw how far ahead I was of all the other women and I think that caused me to slow down a bit because I felt like I didn’t have any competition pushing me to go faster. But, I ended up finishing in 25:09, a new PR for me!!

I was the first female to cross the finish line so the second place female finisher (she was so cute and speedy) and I were recognized after the race.

I also won two $10 gift cards that are good at FSS facilities, which include places like the bowling alley, outdoor recreation, and arts and crafts on base.

I headed back to the condo, showered, ate lunch, and did some more foam rolling to prepare for the  Thumbs Up For Bill 5k that night. After Chris got home, we got dressed and headed out to the Run-N-Tri store to look around a bit before the 5k started. They were giving away some old race shirts they had left over, so I grabbed a couple. Though I didn’t run in those races, Chris did, so I will just say he earned the shirt for both of us (it will just be like I’m borrowing his shirt without him getting mad at me for wearing his actual shirt).

The run/walk started at 6:30 and everyone was glowing with our glow in the dark bracelets and necklaces. The race shirts turned out pretty nice.

They even put our names on the back for preregistering for the run, not sure if you can spot them, but both of our names are on there.

Chris decided to try and pace me to get another PR because he wanted to take it easier before his race on Saturday. During the second mile my legs were like lead and I felt like I had hit the wall, but Chris kept pushing me and I tried my best to keep up with him. He was trying really hard to get me to finish in under 25 minutes but my legs just weren’t having it. Sometime during the 3rd mile I started falling back and told him just to go on but he said no and he kept pushing me to catch up and stay with him. I tried my best to sprint to the finish and managed to cross the line at 25:08, a new PR one second faster than that afternoon! Then I proceeded to stuff my face with Dunkin’ Doughnuts.

I’m noticing that my Garmin is not very accurate. It has been shorting me on the 5ks I’ve been running. Last night I ran right next to Chris the whole race, his Garmin said 3.18, the guy that finished right in front of us said his was 3.16, and mine said 3.07? How could we be that far off running right next to each other? We are thinking about doing a reset on my Garmin, anyone know of anything else we might try?

*I wanted to get this post up earlier today, but we had a very long day at the Spartan Race, which I will try to recap tomorrow after my 10 mile run. I took 460 pictures so I have to sort through them because I don’t think you want to see all of them.

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