Per my Advanced Marathoning training plan, today’s run was scheduled to be 8 miles with 4 miles at 15K to half marathon pace. Since I ran Sunday’s race a little harder than I had originally intended and probably got a pretty good workout from that, I decided to just run 8 easy miles.
I woke up a little later than I probably should have, but it was still pretty cool out for my run. The sun poked through some lingering clouds for most of my run.
I kept glancing at my Garmin to take a peek at my pace and was surprised at how slow I was going for the effort I was putting in, especially compared to what I was running. Then, I realized that in that moment I had totally forgotten that I ran a half marathon two days ago at maybe an 85 or 90% effort, so of course my splits are going to be slow.
Some thunderstorms came through last night, so the river was flowing and provided a nice, calming soundtrack to my run. I also got to see a great blue heron along the river bank, which was pretty cool.
My heel was giving me some trouble at the beginning of the run, but the pain gradually eased up. My race probably didn’t do me any favors in terms of getting over my plantar fasciitis, but I’m hoping lots of icing and stretching and easy running this week will help.
After my run, I showered (it was warm and I was pretty stinky) and headed to yoga. I had to modify some poses that I can usually do because my body was pretty tired, but I made it through and felt so much better at the end of class.
And then I headed to Starbucks to get myself a treat.
I had a coupon for $2 off a Refresher drink and I was pretty hungry after all that exercise, so I decided to treat myself to an apple fritter. I generally feel guilty after I eat pastries, but after reading a guest post yesterday on Skinny Runner about the Female Athlete Triad, I decided to not feel bad about getting in a few extra calories, especially since I don’t eat apple fritters all day every day. Everything in moderation.
Did you run today? How did it go?
What neat critters have you seen on your runs lately?
What are some of your favorite indulgences?
I really love Swedish fish. And cupcakes. And doughnuts with sprinkles.