Okay, so I decided I'd better get, at the very least, one more run in before Melissa's Road Race this weekend! Last Saturdays run was quite painful, well the last bit anyways. I might add that that pain continued to linger for a few days. You'd think I'd never run before!!
I had planned to run right after work; however I didn't get much sleep the night before. For some unknown reason I woke up at 2:30am and if I did manage to fall back asleep, it sure didn't feel like it when my alarm went off at 5:15. Urgh! I am impressed I didn't manage to fall asleep at work. My body sure wanted to while I was driving home though - quite unnerving I must say. So when I got home I hit the couch and crashed for an hour!
When I finally managed to wake up I had some grub and studied for a while. At about 8pm I thought, why not go for a run now?!
I must say, I had difficulty picking what to wear. Noooo, not because I had to be some fashion statement out there...I mean, that's a given! haha. I had troubles because it's been a while since I had run in 'cold' weather and the wind was gusting big time. I decided to forgo a fleece mid layer and was glad I did when I got out there. (I might add that I was wearing a stunning ensemble...black tights, grey reflective jacket, lime green fleece touque and bright red gloves....oh yeah, I know how to stun 'em! )
The wind was sooo blowy it was pushing me sideways as I made my way down the hill. It wasn't as cold out as I expected though, which was nice. I stuck to the trails for the most part just enjoying being in the trees. It was absolutely stunning out there with the sun going down and all the leaves a beautiful golden yellow. Sigh... I'm thankful to live in a province with seasons. Well, ok, lets be real here, the fall season is about two weeks and then we hit the deep freeze. But still, I really cherish those two weeks where the leaves are ruby read, golden yellow, and burnt orange. There is nothing better!
I felt much better on this run than on Saturdays run. I even threw in a couple fartlek (damn I love that name, haha) intervals. My heart rate was still a bit high, but that could be because I haven't been running. Go figure! I managed to do about 45 minutes, and, of course, ran up the hill to my house.
I'm not sure what my plan is for Melissa's. It's a 10k race (there is a 22km race too, which I usually run, but after doing IMC I didn't think it would be a good idea to try that....). I'd like to give it a good go, but I'm not sure if my legs can handle it. I'll likely just figure it out as I go along. If I feel good, or if I'm just in the mood to challenge myself, I'll push it. Otherwise, I will make sure I wear my IMC finishers cap and be like 'uh, ya, I just finished IMC so I'm going to take it easy this time.....' LOL.
Did I mention there is a really big hill at the start of this thing?? Good thing I live and train in hill country!! Not sure my calves will agree the day of the race though.
Oh well....all I have to say is... Bring It On! haha.