It’s Aloha Wednesday~ it’s Humpday Wednesday~
Somehow, I was able to get out of bed at 4:30am again (it’s hard to get my body back to getting up at 4:30am… all last week, my alarm has been going of at 5:30am instead) and drag my butt downstairs to make lunches for everyone. It’s Wednesday so it’s my “break” day from cooking obentos- just sandwiches for today.
This break is very much needed for me so I don’t have to be slaving over the stove cooking, cleaning, making the obento pretty, etc. 5 days a week.
I got up, finished making the sandwiches, and even though I was planning on leaving the house by 5:15am I didn’t end up leaving until 5:25, and by that time, my original plan to go 8 miles was out the window. Plus, with just getting back into the whole running routine, I shouldn’t go that far anyway (telling myself that so I don’t feel guilty for not going 8).
I ended up with 6.42 miles at 8:52/mi ave pace. Not too bad, not as fast as Monday’s run even though I felt like I was going faster than Monday.
It was so pretty outside- the moon, the stars..and then the sunrise over the mountains. It was definitely a gorgeous view and I felt alive, happy to be able to run, and at the same time, scared that my knee was going to give out. (Especially when I was going downhill so I took it a little conservatively.)
I also slapped this thing on (called shippu) this morning on my knee- just to play it safe since I kind of felt a little something again. Not sure if I am overthinking it, but I’m just scared now.
There will be a 25K run this Sunday in Kailua (Brio Ice 25K Race) which is 15.6 miles and I am definitely NOT prepared for this. DNS or walk/run strategy. Debating on what to do. There will be another race this month too, an 18.75 mile race two weekends after this one. Gaaahhhhh. I know I am not ready at all for either of these two races 😦 which then means…I’m not ready for the marathon in December! November seems like a tapering month with just one half marathon race in this marathon readiness series.
Looking back to last year’s training, I know I am so behind on the long runs. But I am definitely stronger and faster than last year. I also didn’t enjoy running as much as I do now.
Time to reassess what needs to be done in order to meet the goal to finish the marathon with a smile, and hopefully, I’ll be able to cut my time from 5:19 to sub-5.