My Long Run Was Everything I Needed It To Be
Yesterday I blogged about a little bit of work controversy I had on Friday in a post titled, Was I Too Aggressive? I don’t like work drama so I’m hoping this morning I’ll walk into the office and everyone will be at peace. All of my runs this weekend allowed me to channel my energy into something more positive and I gained perspective on how I want to move forward in a thoughtful way. I may share more when I can.
While work drama is how I ended Friday, it actually started really well! You might remember that I had to be up before dawn to prep for a photoshoot on Miami Beach for a fitness client.
We shot at South Point. If you’re wondering what part of Miami Beach that is, just think of any aeriel shot you’ve ever seen in the movies or TV of Miami. That’s where we were. It’s probably the most iconic part of our little part of the world down here.
It may be the most iconic part of South Florida but I had never been before! I was amazed at how different Miami Beach really is when compared to my beloved Fort Lauderdale beach.
Big beautiful rocks have been imported which gives the beach a really cool feel. We don’t have anything like that in Fort Lauderdale.
The morning was cloudy for the most part, but I’m sure our art director will work his magic in post-production. I’ve already seen some samples and you would never have known it was cloudy…. ah, the magic of photoshop! Sadly I don’t have his abilities and my pictures accurately represent the cloudy morning.
My run on Saturday was EVERYTHING I NEEDED IT TO BE. I ran 8 miles and for the first time in probably two months I actually felt like myself. The first three miles were a bit of a struggle fest but somewhere in mile 4 everything felt so natural again. It was like I was just gliding along like a bird riding a wind current. My legs had so much energy and I wanted to run for days!
I know I need to build up slowly though so that I don’t aggravate my hip again, so I kept the run to the 8 miles prescribed by my coach… but I wanted more. That’s a really good sign since I have my 5K time trial coming up on Tuesday and marathon training will officially begin right after that.
While my mileage was really low the last couple of months I got away from posting my training recaps, but I’m going to try and be more diligent about sharing them this summer. Here’s what was on my plate last week:
Monday: 3 miles @ 13:47/mi | 82*F
Tuesday: 4.3 miles @ 13:57/mi | 83*F
Wednesday: Stationary bike @ 60 mins
Thursday: 4 miles w/pickups @ 12:55 | 80*F
Saturday: 8 miles @ 13:43/mi | 82*F
Sunday: 3 miles @ untimed | 85*F
Total: 22 miles
I was really pleased with this week of training. I kept my easy runs easy and my pickups were solid. They didn’t represent my fastest miles ever, but at least I got my legs turning over without any hip discomfort. That’s a big win in my book!
I’m looking forward to the time trial on Tuesday, it should be very interesting. I haven’t raced since the A1A Half Marathon in February and that race was just for run. I have to say I’m kind of nervous about this time trial because it’s going to set the tone for the rest of my summer! Holy cow!
I’ve got another day to get my mind right before the big moment comes! 🙂
I hope you had a great weekend!
Have you ever been to Miami Beach? Thoughts?
How did your long run go this weekend?