Sunday. Time flies! Once again, I got up early to run before class. My intention was to do an easy run but once I started running I wanted more. I must confess, the lower mileage is hurting my ego. I know it is good for me and all but I love the bigger numbers. Don't we all? And if I can't run 10 miles, I want to run an awesome hardly any miles. I ended with 4.55 miles on Sunday. I did a mile warm up at a 10'00" pace, 2.5 miles at tempo pace (about 8'27"ish) and cooled down for just over a mile at slower than 10'00". Towards the end, I did a few minutes at 10'40". It just seemed like the right thing to do.
I think my IT band and knee are holding up well. I don't feel pain when I run. That is for sure. I do notice slight aches in my knee at night but as soon as I move, it is happy. The IT band itself is less tight and seems normal for me. I am stretching diligently daily but not going all out crazy. Yes, you can go all out crazy with stretching. And today, as much as I want to continue to grow those miles I think I may run shorter. Time will tell as I am running later in the day.
It is hard to know what is right or wrong to do right now. I know many other runners face the same predicaments. I know that race less that 14 days away is toying with my mind and my decisions. But I am trying to stay focused and do what is smart. But I still have to question - Am I being too cautious? Am I being too ambitious? Am I being just right?
And one last thing....the RRCA Running Coach Class: When I wasn't running this weekend, I spent over 16 hours with 11 other people who love to talk about running! Life is sweet! Too bad I couldn't have that and my time with my daughter. What can I say? I feel like I lost precious time with her this weekend. I know she is fine. I will be fine. The class was good for me. Now I just need to move on with it, face the fear of failure and take the test within 30 days. Oh my!
Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the opportunities in my life.
Daily Affirmation: I am strong. My knee is strong. My knowledge base is strong.