What a week!!! In all the sadness, it’s been an amazing, heart-warming week to be a runner. I’ve never felt so lucky to be a runner as this week.
Sunday: 10 miles ‘interval/fartlet’ style long run.
And then there was Monday.
Tuesday: 10 miles hilly run.
Usually, before any long run, there’s a little procrastination on my part. I want to run – actually, I want to have been running. To have done it. The getting-out-the-house is always hard. But not today. With my head full of Boston, it was all I could think about doing. It was the obvious way to be part of the community of runners who grieved today. So I ran my usual hilly pre-school route, smiling at the one other runner who I passed and smiling again at a lady walking past wearing blue and yellow sportswear. Not many people may have understood her code but I did and it warmed my heart. The run was hard but I just ran and ran and ran and didn’t moan. I ran for those who died and those who were maimed and for those who risked their lives to help others. Like every other runner in America, and across the world, I ran for Boston today. 10.1 miles in 1.42 at a 10.03 pace.
6 miles tempo run. Seriously rubbish 3 miles
Last night we had a friend for dinner and I had two glasses of wine. Wine makes me feel so sluggish. I nearly didn’t run this morning – I seriously nearly didn’t – but I got outside and staggered three uninspired, slow miles. 3.7 miles in 34 mins at a surprising 9.06 pace. Really?
I was determined to run on Friday morning, to salvage Thursday. But just before I went to bed, I made the enormous mistake of checking Twitter…and then the Husband and I were up till 1am watching the news. And when my alarm went off at 6am for the aforementioned run, the only thing we could do was watch the news again. So I caved in, made some tea and watched. Didn’t we all?
I tried different fuelling methods this week. On Sunday’s run, as I said before, I tried a Hammer Gel with surprising success. On Tuesday’s run I tried Gu Chomps and I LOVED them although I’m not sure they worked very well. I did like eating something though instead of trying to ingest a gel!
And on Tuesday, Juli and I got together and started working on our application for the Another Mother Runner Ragnar team. We are excited!!!! How can they not want us??