My last week went a little like this:
1. Got C to pick up my new shoes.
2. Wore/broke in new shoes on 20km run. The trail around Burnaby Lake is mostly boardwalks and pea-gravel, so it was pretty and decently shady. However, the ground was not level and in a few spots it was so soft you could tell that there was probably mulch underneath which was BAD FOR A KNEE THAT WAS ALREADY HAVING PROBLEMS! You know you aren't having a stellar run when it takes you 15km to "get into" it. I've been doing Colin's physio exercises ever since...
Ended up with re-blackened toenail - that sucker has been in various states of purple since OCTOBER. Enough already... and it didn't even come from running. At least this time it seems more like a badge of honour. Also have an awesome blister on side of my right big toe - good thing my callous is "protecting" it. I won't post pictures out of respect for your eyes, but let's just say that I won't be going to get a pedicure anytime soon.
3. Took M to a commercial shoot on Monday and Tuesday. Long days with a 3 year old, but he was paid handsomely for
doing squat diddle playing in the backyard.
4. Ran on Tuesday evening - 6km tempo. Leg felt like crap at 4km. Kept saying that I wanted to quit, but somehow ran through it and my last 2km were around 5:15 per/km = SCORE! Total run was about 36 minutes. Awesome for something that felt like it wasn't going well.
5. Read some more "Run Like A Mother" - the chapter on mental toughness was really appropriate (see #4). I am loving this book - it's even better than everyone says it is.
6. Skipped scheduled 10km tempo run to take M to hospital for "Nursemaid's Elbow" (read: partial dislocation). Awarded self "Worst Mother" trophy for having pulled him up too fast and caused injury (it's really common, but still...).
7. 2nd Thursday night clinic. Went out for a 7.18km steady run. At 6.23min/km average - 45:50min total - it was a little quick for our pace group. I blame the run up the tree-lined river for the speediness... none of our GPS units were keeping reliable pace. It was a good run and it helped that it was on the cool side tonight (I actually pulled out the hoody, which was only overkill by a little bit). I'm very happy that I'm coming up to my half marathon taper run this Sunday. 6km will be a nice change from the 20km I ran last week.
T-Minus 10 days to the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon!