It has been well over a week since Gasparilla and things couldn't be better. I recovered quickly and other than a lingering dull ache below my right calf all systems are go!
Wedesday 3/3 - 2 M / 9:30 P - Just a nice and easy jaunt around the neighborhood with my trusty bike pacer, The Brunette, I felt great and for having just ran a marathon a few days prior, you'd have never known. Post Marathon Run #1 = Success!
Thursday 3/4 - 3 M / 8:46 P - Mile 1 was ran with Spike (Thanks for purposely making me step it up. What part of "Recovery Pace" didn't you understand!?) and I had my first encounter with ICE; I tiptoed over it like a sissy and he barreled thru it like a man on a mission. We parted ways just after that mile and I rounded out the final 2 solo. While I did slow it up some, I mostly just kinda zoned out and ran. It still ended up being much faster than recovery pace... whoops. Post Marathon Run #2 = Success!!
Saturday 3/6 - 6 M / 8:19 P - With a 15 mile training run on deck, Spike sent me over to the Lansing River Trail by my lonesome for my 6 miler with a few notations "go right around the building when the trail seemingly dead ends, left at the fork by Sparty etc..." and off I went on my own little running tour of the MSU campus. It was a beautiful day, easily the most picturesque day Michigan has ever offered up during one of my visits since moving away back in 2000. I paid no attention to Hermes and just ran by feel. I felt good. I took in the views, enjoyed the sunny day, waved at the few runners I came upon and when I arrived back at the MAC I was pleasantly surprised at how effortlessly the 6 miles had ticked off and at such a speedy pace! Post Marathon Long Run = Success!!!
Monday 3/8 - 3 M / 9:28 P - Another nice and easy run with The Brunette to start off the week. Commence Base Maintaining.
Everyone has been asking me, what's next? Well for starters, this weekend I'm headed up to Jacksonville to pace Christy to a PR in the Gate River Run 15k. I'm super stoked about not only pacing but also to enjoy another fun run with a bloggy buddie. I've never ran a 15k before so I'm also pretty stoked to put a new distance on my race belt. The Gate River Run draws a HUGE crowd and boasts being the largest 15k in the U.S.!
After this weekend I've promised Spike I'd take a bit of a running sabbatical since I haven't taken one since... um, well since before Chicago training started last May/June! So next week I am going to keep the running shoes shelved and hit the gym/bike for some quality cross training. I'm well overdo for some non-running and this will also help me take it easy on The Brunette as I get her started on training for her first 5k next month! Yup, you heard right, The Brunette is about to toe her first race line! Yay! I'm so excited for her and have promised to run (and walk if needed) alongside her every step of the way! Stay tuned for training progress and the race recap come April 24th!
The weekend prior to the 5k with The Brunette I will be heading up to Boston with Spike to spectate him in the Boston Marathon; I am beyond stoked! I get the rare opportunity to get caught up in the excitement without ever having to toe the line and I can't wait to soak it all up! Added Bonus: quite a few of the B.R.A. peeps are running it so Spike is getting quite the First Boston experience. I can't wait to cheer my full head off for him and give him the biggest Finish Line kiss ever once he crosses!!! Sorry, uber schmoopy but I'm just so proud and excited for him.
He recently forwarded me some official race participant info and I noticed there was a 5k on Sunday and guess who gets her own little piece of Boston action?!??! I do, I do!!! Sunday April 18th I am confirmed to run the B.A.A. 5k! Huge thanks goes out to Spike whose only response to my "do you mind if I run it?!?!" was "just as long as you don't expect me to!" I love having a running boyfriend. :)
Further than April I don't have much on my racing calendar. I plan to continue maintaining my base; I'd like to keep my weekly mileage between 15-25 miles and maintain a solid 10+ mile base for long runs. Looking out into the Fall season I have my eye on a marathon... or two... so marathon training cycle #3 will commence sometime in June/July but I'm not committing anything here in writing until I'm sure. I do know that if I decide on a certain one in October a whole lot of you would be very, very happy... but that's all I'm saying. ;)