Wednesday, September 24
I went to the chiro and had ART done on my lower back. That was a new kind of hell. I also managed to shove everything I needed for the weekend (including shoes!) into my backpack. I ain't paying Spirit no carry-on fees.
Thursday, September 25
I drove to my parents (they live near DTW) and got a flat tire one block from their house. I spent most of the night waiting for AAA to come put the bike tire on. Fun times.
Friday, September 26
Travel day! Obviously a longer report is forthcoming, but we saw some fossilized burrows dug by ancestors of the beaver. Then we ate runzas. I'm not sure which was cooler.
|Also not sure why my running shoes look like combat boots in this picture.|
Monument Marathon, 5:29:33, 12:35 min/mile
This race was absolutely amazing, and I can't recommend it enough to anyone looking for a Nebraska race. The scenery was stunning, it was well-organized, and all the volunteers were incredibly enthusiastic.
The only bad parts were the heat (the car read 90 degrees when we got in after finishing) and when I nearly puked from altitude sickness. But then I watched Minnesota destroy Michigan, and I felt all better.
Sunday, September 28
We took a slight detour on the way back to the DEN and bagged the highest point in Nebraska, Panorama Point. This sounds weird but was super fun.
Less fun was when I sat behind a young girl throwing tantrums the whole way back to Detroit. At least enough people volunteered to give up their seats that no one got bumped.
Monday, September 29
I was a lot less sore than anticipated, which tells me that I was significantly slowed by the heat during Monument, rather than
Tuesday, September 30
2 mi easy, 12 min/mile
I felt shockingly great during this run. My pace was slow, but I felt fluid and relaxed and like I could've picked up speed if I had wanted to. I felt some twinges of runner's knee (which I assume must have been aggravated by all the sitting the day after the race), but it wasn't bothersome. I also had a weird ache in my back, which I imagine is tied to the soreness I had in my obliques.
This next week will mostly be devoted to resting and recovering in preparation for Stone Bridge. I say mostly because I have the Scrumpy Skedaddle 10K on Sunday - which I'm super pumped for! The fact that I felt quite good today gives me hope I can turn in a decent-for-me time. I'm certainly not looking to PR, but I'd like to run fairly well, considering how good I did on my simulated 5K.
Worst case scenario I will become BFFs with the elevator at work.