Must resist temptation to start going for "speed" and wind up injuring myself. I pulled my right hamstring last May, and I'm finally at a point where I don't feel it while running anymore. Very seldomly do I feel it while sitting (which actually happened more often than during running).
I only have three really huge long runs left, this week containing one of them. I have an 18 and 22 (or at least 20) left, and a 12 somewhere in that mix. However, I consider any run longer than a half-marathon to be important enough to not snuff. And what these runs have in common is a need for gels. I'll start pumping the gels during runs of 15+. And no, I don't drink sports drinks very often... except sometimes after running for headache prevention.
I've been inconsistent with stretching. I'm calling myself out on this in this public forum so that I commit to it more often. I blame it on the fact that when I come back home from a run, I have to 1) shower, 2) pick up some sort of mess the dog made/play with dog who won't leave me alone, 3) fold laundry, 4) clean floors... which puts my eating/stretching on the sidelines. I hardly get any true downtime anymore.
This Week's Workouts:
Saturday - 16 mi
Went really well, 9:59 pace overall. Not sure why, but my Garmin lopped off exactly a mile off my run. I SWEAR I did it all, though.
Sunday - rest; stretching/"The Stick"
Monday - 30 min strength; 20 min elliptical/stepper hybrid & 10 min Jacob's ladder
Tuesday - 5 mi
HAD to go to the restroom during last mile. Now you know how this blog got its name!
Wednesday - 30 min strength; 10 min Jacob's ladder, 10 min stairclimber, 10 min elliptical/stepper hybrid
Thursday - 6.5 mi
Went to a rubber track and froze my face off as I was doing a fast lap around. Decided to bail and run a trail run instead near my workplace. It was 35 this morning. I thought I was gonna lose my thumbs. Had to take some breaks because my head hurt from cold and running in those conditions are just darn uncomfortable.
Friday - 30 min strength/circuit-type workout, 20 min upright bike, 5 min stretch/roll
Weekly Mileage: 27.5