I have an addiction…to racing. It’s actually quite a serious addiction. I sign up for things last minute all the time…like when I just signed up for the Iron Girl 1/2 marathon in Clearwater and ran that this morning (Sunday, April 9th). Hey, at least its a healthy addiction right? Linking up with Tricia and Holly for the Weekly Wrap!
So this isn’t going to be about Iron Girl- that recap will probably be next week sometime when I get the pictures back. But as for my previous week in training:
Sunday, April 2:
I went for a 6 mile easy paced run today, averaging an 11:37 pace. It was pretty humid and hot outside- a sign that Florida is definitely heating back up. I’m wondering now why I signed up for a full marathon in the fall, forcing myself to train over the summer. Oh well, at least I know there won’t be a lapse in my training like other years right?
Monday, April 3:
Went on the fun run from my store and did 3.1 miles @ 11:50 pace. Another easy run- I’m doing a lot of easy running now, focusing on building up my mileage for marathon training.
Tuesday, April 4:
Rest day and I worked all day- literally. A cleaning crew came to my store this morning so I had to be there at 7am, 3 hours before the store opened. Needless to say I got lots of office work done today. It was also a good day to be at work because my order from Salomon came in today. Aren’t my new trail running shoes pretty??
Wednesday, April 5:
Another rest day. I worked in the morning but did pretty much nothing the rest of the day.
Thursday, April 6:
I really wanted to have another nothing day, but I had planned to go meet a new group of runners at the World of Beer in South Tampa to help promote Tough Mudder. So off I went to this new fun run and ran in downtown Tampa to Bayshore, where most of Gasparilla takes place. It was a good 3.3 mile run, and I surprised myself by averaging a 10:04 pace.
Friday, April 7:
Rest day. I actually went grocery shopping and made plans to meal prep. I packed my lunch on Saturday so it’s a good start, right? (Ugh, I’m so bad at this.)
Saturday, April 8:
What a crazy day!! Started off with me opening the store and it was crazy busy! We had four people working (pretty decent crew for a Saturday) and still didn’t have enough people to individually help customers. We were with two-three people each. Then after that calmed down, I left to go to Clearwater to pick up the packet for Iron Girl. The entire drive my GPS switched between me arriving at 4:58pm and 5:01pm. Packet pick up was supposed to end at 5pm and I was so nervous I wouldn’t make it in time! I drove like a bat out of hell haha. As soon as I got close to the park where the expo was, I hopped into a parallel parking spot, ran around the corner and dashed over to packet pick up. I was really hoping they didn’t monitor parking on weekends because I didn’t even stop to check or put money into the meter, I was just trying to get my packet before they closed! I finally got over there and was able to pick it up successfully, but what a heart attack inducing moment! When I got back to my car, I checked the meter to put money in and saw that the previous person who parked had 21 more minutes left on their time, so I chalked it up to my good luck since I was literally only parked there for 5 minutes or so. After I got to my friend Krystal’s house we chilled for a bit and then went to Carrabba’s (one of the race sponsors) for dinner- they gave us coupons in the emails they sent for 15% off. I indulged in a glass of wine (which I normally don’t do pre-half marathon) but since I wasn’t aiming for a PR or anything I figured one glass wouldn’t hurt. Then we went back to Krystal’s place and I promptly fell asleep on the couch after foam rolling around 10pm!
Iron Girl 1/2 marathon race recap to come soon! <3
Have you ever almost NOT made it to packet pick up in time? Do you ever have an alcoholic beverage the night before a race?