Happy belated Canada Day and 4th of July! I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. I certainly have been having a great time and the fun just keeps on going.
We spent our 4th of July in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. We enjoyed some lake time and hanging out with friends and family. It has been a fantastic weekend and we are sticking around for the rest of the week. My husband grew up going to summer camp up here and as he got older he became a counselor for many summers. He continues to come up here and help coach a week of hockey for the camp. I am feeling super lucky this year because I get to join in the fun. I am a bit nervous though because it has been a year since I have really been in skates and coaching. Wish me luck!
On top of all of this fun, we went on a pirate cruise last night for a birthday celebration. It was quite the occasion.
This week has been a very successful reintroduction back into running for me. Last Monday I did a super humid and sweaty 7 mile run followed by a few nice and easy 6 mile runs during the rest of the week. It felt good to be back in my running mode.
Saturday was the true test of my comeback. My husband had a 14 mile run planned for his marathon training and I decided to do it with him. As we got started I was a little nervous about how my Achilles would hold up but I figured I could probably handle most of it and was prepared to walk if I needed to.
The one major bummer came with the first few miles as I watched my GPS track my mileage. Each time it beeped and I looked at my pace I was a little disappointed and assumed it was just my body warming up. Alas, that was not the case! It seems that the month and a half I had to take off has left me running about a minute slower per mile. Ugh!
Fortunately I didn’t let it bother me too much. First of all, your long runs are meant to be run slower. Keeping your long runs at a slower pace actually has some of the biggest impact on your overall progress. The greatest improvements to your running and your body at a cellular level occur when you are running at a conversation pace. Knowing this allowed me to relax a bit and not panic. I also know that if I am patient with my body I will begin to fall back into my former shape and pace.
The other thing I had to remember is that it is summer. It is hot and humid and your body is naturally going to function at a slower pace. Even if it doesn’t seem super hot and humid, your body is probably feeling the impact from these changing weather conditions.
And then I had to be real honest with myself. I had a few (okay more like several) glasses of wine on the night of the 4th. I was feeling it and it wasn’t helping my hydration situation one bit. I had a good time but that’s what you deal with when you choose to have a really good time the night before a long run. Rookie mistake. Honestly, I was not feeling so hot by mile 12 and it didn’t end in prettiest of ways. But I got those 14 miles in, my Achilles held up, and I hydrated the rest of the day.
Looking back at yesterday’s run I am still super excited that I was able to do it. When I got out of bed today I was thrilled when I didn’t feel any pain or tightness in my foot or ankle.
I’m back baby. Just a lot slower than before!