Most important order of business: My girl Brady is running Big Sur this weekend and she is raising money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). She is within $1,000 of her $5,000 goal. She actually had to revise her original fundraising goal because she made her first goal so quickly. More than 90% of the money raised goes directly to research. So even if what you have to spare is latte or DIY Manicure-money ($5), donate!
Y’all, I am really great at following a Training Plan in the same way that I am awesome at running on the treadmill and chasing a pacer on race day.
Having A Strong Sense Of Order. It’s what I do best.
So when I had to re-write last week’s miles to fit around our vacation, I was unnecessarily anxious.
I mean seriously, who is running The Big Miles when they’re on a beer-centric vacation?
Certainly not me.
It was purely non-negotiable.
What I learned: When you’re busy stuffing 39 miles into four days, sometimes you have to get clever with your scheduling. There is no such thing as a straight line.
What I learned: By the time you’re done logging said miles, your legs and body are just trashed.
What I learned: Never underestimate the power of a proper dinner and a good night of sleep to set the world right again. This should sit next to the rule about how much better you feel after taking a shower when you’re sick.
Really sage stuff, right?
All of that aside, the soreness and stiffness I felt after Friday morning’s 19 miler has been by far the most intense post-run pain I have felt since…last August/September.
I don’t know whether that’s due to the fact that I spent the last four days in a car, driving around Wisconsin or because my yoga routine simply does not travel.
Maybe it’s because 19 miles is not exactly a fun run. Hoofbeats ≠ Zebras.
But OHMIGOD. If there was a Varsity team for staggering and limping, I would be the Captain.
Generally speaking, are you good at following a schedule/plan?
Runners: What is the “biggest” lesson you have learned as of late?