TEAM GREEN fo sho! I also found a New Balance shirt similar to the race shirt I got from the Dallas White Rock 1/2 marathon. If you guys knew how much I "recycled" running shirts without washing, you would probably unfollow my blog, and unfriend me in real life (I have the smelly kid in class?!? How did I not know he was the smelly kid in class?!?!) I'm hoping that the addition of great running shirts will help out my cause. :)
After some time shopping, I headed to the gym to get in some time on the stationary bike. I did 60 minutes of rolling hills on a fairly easy setting for 12.15 miles. No hip pain, but some pain in the lower booty/upper hamstring. Uff da! Apparently those muscles aren't used in running! After I got done, and stretched really well, I decided to hop on the treadmill just to see how my hip felt. It has been tight for the last few days, but none of the pain that I had on Tuesday.
When I first got going my legs were d-e-a-d. Hey look at me! I'm doing my first legit brick!! ;) No hip pain, but my hip did feel a little tight, presumably from the hip strengthening exercises I've been doing all week. After a half mile my legs finally loosened up, and the last 1/2 mile was enjoyable. I decided not to press my luck and call it good at one mile. 1 mile in 9:40.
After an evening of proper fueling and hydration, I was up with the sun to take on my long run with miss Jenn! We've been friends for about a month now, so I was pretty stoked to actually start our Run-mance. Yes, I came up with that on my own. And I think it's 100% clever and witty.
She had warned me that she was to do her long run within a certain heart rate range, and I was a-ok with that, since I know I should be running my long runs at a slower pace than I typically do. We started off the run and were immediately soaked. That 96% humidity? It wasn't kidding. Luckily it was only mid-60s out or I would've died.
After not running with anyone in almost a year, I was shocked how hard it was to talk and run. I was freaked out at first thinking that I had lost that much fitness since taking off 4 days, but luckily it didn't take too long to get into the groove.
There were a ton of flooded spots on the trail. Some were so bad that we had to off road it onto a super muddy path, and other parts where we had to run through some seriously water logged grass. Alright rain, I get the picture!
After saying buh bye to Jenn, I took off for the remaining 3 miles on my own. I was supposed to pick up to half marathon race pace (8:15-8:23) but the extra speed plus extremely hilly route made my hips not so happy. Interesting enough, my left hip was the one that gave me some trouble during the final 3 miles. Luckily it was just uncomfortable and not painful. I'll just keep stretching, rolling, and strengthening and I should be a-ok!
I did 14 miles in 2:19:04 for a pace of 9:56.
We had a family lunch at my grandparents post-run, and my mom mentioned that she was considering training for and doing our hometown 5k and surprising me, but was disappointed to see the couch to 5k was 9 weeks long, and she'd only have 3 weeks to prepare. Every year after I do the Sioux Falls 1/2 marathon, she always says that she'd like to walk it someday, so I brought up that as an option. Of course I've spent the afternoon learning a bunch about the Galway walk/run program, and shooting off emails to her. :)
She walks 3-4 miles regularly right now, and has been jogging briefly while doing it for the last few weeks. I think she could totally do it. If anyone has any suggestions for her (particularly those that do the walk-run programs) please weigh in. My mom is not the athletic type at all, so it would be such a HUGE accomplishment for her, and I know she'd be soooooooo proud of herself. Her one concern about doing it is that I wouldn't have my normal fan club to cheer me on and take pictures. Oh mothers... :)