Another week in the books. This week started off on a pretty bad note. I have a chronic back issue that I have dealt with for over 20 years. I regularly, and I mean regularly when I have pain, see a chiropractor. I should be more proactive but when I feel good life just gets in the way of my chiropractic visits. This week I need my chiropractor and I saw him Monday through Wednesday. I have an amazing chiropractor in Wesley Chapel, Dr. Will. He is one of kind and I honestly never thought I would find another great chiropractor after I left NY and I am so thankful I did. After just one visit I was 85% better and by Wednesday I was ready to run again!!!
I know many people do not like chiropractors, but I love mine and do believe there is a big misconception about what they do. I am planning a post to help educate you on why I love my chiropractor and why you shouldn’t be quick to dismiss them!!
Anyway, thanks to Dr. Will I have some workouts to share with you this week!
- Monday 8/8/16: Rest.
- Tuesday 8/9/16: Rest.
- Wednesday 8/10/16: Easy Run, 5 miles, 1:00:44, 12:08 avg. pace. This was my first run back after I cut my 12 miler short on Monday due to my back. I am grateful for my many Florida running friends that will meet me at the crack of dawn for runs so I can get to work on time. Also, in light of all the terrible acts of crime against female runners these past few weeks I really don’t want to run alone. This run was actually particularly interesting because we did have a little scare of our own. I generally say good morning to anyone I see on a run for two reasons: (1) to be polite; and (2) I was taught you look everyone in the eye so they know you saw them and can recognize them. My friend and I came across a male walker in a white shirt on a semi-lit street and I said good morning and he did not even acknowledge us. I was about to say to my friend I thought that was creepy when she screamed and then I saw a male, also in a white shirt right next to us so I screamed too. My first thoughts were that this was the same guy and he was coming after us, because why turn around, but when I looked behind us I saw the walker still walking. The guy that was near us ended up running away from us apologizing as I screamed at him for not making himself known, you know, I am a New Yorker so we yell. He apologized a few times and then went on his way. I actually think we scared him more than he scared us. Now would I have been as scared if three women had not been killed running in the past few weeks?? I don’t know. All I know is that I will not let fear dictate my runs, but I will be as safe as possible.
- Thursday 8/9/16: Rest.
- Friday 8/10/16: Long run, 12 miles, 2:18:55, 11:34 avg. pace. This run was pretty awesome and my friend Allison was pretty awesome meeting me at 5:15 am on a Friday so I could this twelve miles in before my trip to Sanibel Island. Allison ended up running 10.5 miles with me and then I ran the last 1.5 miles myself. I can say that this was one of my best runs during this training cycle. I am also proud of our overall pace and that my last mile was my fastest!
- Saturday 8/11/16: Easy run, 3 miles, 37:51, 12:36 avg. pace. This was supposed to be an easy run and I meant it to be, but since I was visiting Sanibel Island for the weekend I knew I had to run on the beach which is not so easy. I ran in my sneakers because there are so many shells and I didn’t want to cut my feet. It was a beautiful run, but difficult. So my easy run ended up not being so easy. Thankfully despite the shells the sand was pretty packed which made the run a little better. The beauty of the run made up for any difficulty.
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- Sunday 8/12/16: Rest.
- Miles: 17 miles
- Total Training Miles: 105.7
Overall once my back was better I had a great week!!! Would I like to have done more weekly mileage, yes!!! But, the fact my twelve mile run went so great made me feel great!!!
Twelve weeks remain until the NYC Marathon and so far I feel pretty good. I am actually feeling much better than last year which is good considering my training last year ended in injury.
How was your week?