Care to hear what went down?
For starters, there was quite a bit of racing (four races, actually). The first race happened on Monday (the Fourth of July), a 5K in a nearby town...the Sully Freedom Fun Run (recap HERE). Although I was hoping for a better finish time, I was satisfied with how I did that morning. Since I had scaled back my mileage in June, I didn't know how much that would affect my speed (my "speed" is slightly above average, at best), but I did manage a 2nd place age group award. Not bad for the limited running I had done leading up to race day (and a recovering wonky heel).
|4th of July|
Tuesday was a non-running day for me, but the planking and squatting challenges are still in full swing.
|planking and squatting in a skirt with sandals|
|post run glow|
Thursday and Friday were also non-running days for me. With the continued healing of my heel (and impending 14 miles of racing on Saturday's roster), I elected to take it easy on the home front. Some planks, squats, push-ups and stair work kept me busy.
|cross-training and squatting|
|After race #1....|
|With Barb, ready to head to race #2 and #3 for the day|
The 5K proved to be very challenging, mentally and physically, leaving me with doubts as to whether I should even attempt the 10K or not. The temps were really hot (80's) and very humid, and I was feeling dehydrated and exhausted from the extra effort that "easy" 5K required of me.
I decided to give it a go anyways.Unfortunately, within a quarter-mile or so of the 10K, I knew it was not meant to be. I ran most of that mile, but it did not feel right. I could tell my gait was off, and each step with my left foot felt awkward. The first mile ended near the finish line, so I decided to pull out and call it quits. I found a race volunteer and surrendered my timing chip. Yeah, my first-ever DNF.
|On the curb, after waving the white flag|
My gut was flashing "Warning! Warning! Alert! Alert!" I didn't ignore the warning signs, but instead tried to be rational about what was going on. The reality? I've had these issues before and I know it takes 3-4 miles to get loosened up (even with proper stretching and warm-up prior to running). Although I was very much aware of what was happening, I was not worried or concerned it would be a problem. Unfortunately, my reality kinda bit my buttocks (literally). Ironically, the wonky heel has felt darn close to perfect this week, so there's that (#glasshalffull).
So, although this is certainly not how I had planned (nor wanted) my week to end, I'm content and I'm at peace. Yes, I am disappointed, but I am not defeated. I'm thankful I had the sense to stop at mile 2 of the 10K before things got worse. I'm thankful to not be into ego-centered antics (or I may have pressed on and caused serious damage). And, I'm thankful that I have several days to rehab my aches and pains (which actually feel more like intermittent "discomforts") before my Ultra on Friday night.
Anyways, in other news:
I mentioned the squat challenge, as well as the daily planking and push-ups. In lieu of my upcoming Ultra, and the need for some taper time (last week and this week, as well as the weeks following the Ultra when I'll be in recovery mode), I came up with my own July Daily Challenge. I began doing all of these mini workouts last week, and plan to continue for the remainder of the month. Care to join me?
Here's another reality check.....if doing squats, and desiring a pic of a particularly difficult badass pose...keep in mind your running shorts may flare out and make your bum look more grandiose than it already is. Fair warning.
|Don't these shorts make my bum look b.i.g.???|
|No, he's not spoiled|