Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Chapter 2 page 302 - TR 105 8 miles of EASY

No, it's not that my heel is completely pain free, but it's about 50% better.  Nope, this amazing news is that we have officially entered TAPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Can I get a WOOT WOOT?!?!
Oh yeah, 8 miles feels OH SO SWEET compared to this past Friday's 13 miles of torture!!!!  Yeah, I REALLY LIKE 8 miles!  I could run 8 miles and like it!!!!  We have a simple out and back route with a fast food restaurant at the midway point. We stop to get water and take a quick potty break if needed.  Today, I tried Vanilla Bean (or something like that) gu - WAY more tasty than chocolate mint.  That said, I won't be using Gu during a race anytime soon.  I'll keep practicing.  I really prefer watermelon chomps or tropical punch bloks so I'll stick with that for now - they work flawlessly for me . . .and they're delicious!  Anyway, tonight's 8 miler was done in 1:58 which included a 12 minute walking warm up and a 6 minute walking cool down - that seems like a pretty fast pace (for me) then for the middle miles. 

On Sunday my right knee started hurting.  No idea why - can't remember doing anything.  It really bothered me during Monday's short 2.5 miler ad hurt a lot at times during today's run - but not enough for me to stop.  I'm RICEing it and will double up on Aleve for a couple of days.  It's the same knee that hurt back in February and is on the same leg as my heel issue so who knows.  Since my last time of "running to the doctor" for knee pain was completely pointless - I thought I would start with MGA who has cured me of my last 2 knee issues (turns out they were just tight muscles).  I will call and see if I can get an appointment yet this week or early next week at the latest. 

What is your favorite training run distance?


  1. Great job! 8 still sounds impressive to me! Vanilla Bean is one of my 2 fave GU flavors! Haha. If you don't want them give them to meeee!!!

    Fave TR Distance - Um... right now it's 4 miles!

  2. I hope your knee feels better soon! Glad to hear that your foot is feeling better!

    When I'm in the thick of half-marathon training, I usually do 10Ks on Mondays and Wednesdays, and a long run of 8-11 miles on Saturdays. I love that 10K distance, but I haven't done that many 10K races. I hope to change that this year. There's a 10K in Stillwater, MN during Memorial Day weekend that I'm eying. :)

  3. Yeah, I never understood people that hated taper, I personally love it! Keep up the good work and I hope your heel is 100% for your race. :)

  4. Way to go!

    Eight miles is/was one of my fave distances. Anything under 10 was nice.

  5. wooo hooo! on to taper!

    I would have to say 8 or 9 miles is a nice casual run for me now. Im not really sore afterwards, but its still a decent mileage.