The first sentence of a blog post feels the hardest.
Where do you start when there is too much to say?
“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.”
― Tina Fey
Last week I made a mid-week decision to skip speed work in favor of running a 10K race. I figured since it was a step back week that while my legs wouldn’t be fresh, they also wouldn’t feel completely dead. Ran my long run of 14 miles on Friday, took Saturday off and then raced the Potomac River Running For The Love Of It 10K.
Last week’s training looked like this:
Monday: 6 miles
Tuesday: rest day – completely off
Wednesday: 10 miles
Thursday: 11 miles
Friday: 14 miles solo
Saturday: rest day – 3 mile walk with Colton
Sunday: warm up 1+ mile, 10K race (was lazy and didn’t do a proper cool down because I was talking – OOPS)
Last week I purchased one of the PRR Race Passes. It makes the races drastically cheaper if you buy a race pass vs signing up last minute and paying what often feels like an absurd amount for a 5K. I thought the other day was the last day to purchase one, but they are still available online so if you want one, you should snag one before they close it! It’s good for four of their races and saves you up to $115! It’s also good for motivation – I don’t want it to go to waste so I’ll definitely run 3 other shorter races this year, something I want to do more of anyways.
I’ve been testing out various different clothing options for Abbott World Marathon Majors Tokyo Marathon! So far I think I’ve decided on my sports bra, shorts, headband if I need one, and shoes. I have short sleeve and long sleeve options in case it’s truly freezing, but unless it’s colder than last year I’m going with a sports bra and shorts.
I get really hot when I’m attempting to run fast for me. This past weekend I wore less than I wanted to and ended up regretting not wearing even less. I took off my mittens in the first miles and tossed them to a volunteer at mile 5 because I was tired of holding them (I ran back after and got them). I definitely didn’t need the headbands either! Yes, I feel chilly for a minute if the wind blows, but it’s truly worse if I wear more. I sweat so much that it’s better to wear less and deal with it than wear more, sweat and then run in wet clothing.
Life is funny…
I remember when I first start running races back in the early 2000’s there was this man (I won’t be a jerk and name him but if my mom is reading this she knows who I’m talking about) who would always run in shorts. It could be 30 degrees out and there he would be at the start line of the race in split shorts and nothing else. I use to giggle with friends at how absurd it was that he would run in the winter half naked. “Can he please put a shirt on” was a common thought. Now I’m that person who is often wearing less than what everyone around me is wearing. I’m the one having people I don’t know make comments to me about what I’m wearing. Life likes to teach me lessons like that. I shouldn’t have been laughing at that guy, he was just running what he was comfortable in.
We all run differently – some of us run hot, some of us run cold – some of us sweat more than the average man (raises hand) – it’s SILLY to comment on what others are wearing while running. Just because you would be freezing in something doesn’t mean that someone else is. Ditto with the temperature wars – can we stop telling people – that’s NOT THAT HOT or that’s NOT THAT COLD. Unless you live on the actual surface of the sun or find yourself running on the moon often – I think it’s just wise to stop saying – oh that’s not that bad – I have to deal with X. My two cents.
I’m going to start including some apparel reviews/thoughts in blog posts again. I’ve had a couple of people (literally a couple – maybe two of you – haha) reach out and say they would appreciate my thoughts more on what is great and what’s not so great, so they don’t waste their $$. I promise that you can count on me to always be truthful in what I like and don’t like. I don’t want someone recommending something that is a waste of money, so I won’t do that to you!