Monday and Tuesday - I did nothing. Seriously fail. I feel like I had reasons, but I have no idea what they are now.
Wednesday - First ever speed training session. It was way more fun than I thought it would be. I really enjoyed it. I did my first half mile repeat at 4:21. WAY faster than I thought I could run. (And, way too fast for the first lap of the night.) It wound up being a good night. I used the Virtual Partner on my Garmin for the first time ever, making sure I stayed at the pace I was supposed to. Did four miles total, average pace of 10:24. Not bad for my first time around.
Thursday and Friday - Fail again. Seriously ridiculous. Why did I do nothing? Well, in reality its because I've been getting this weird pain in my right quad. It's totally random and I've been referring to it as the "phantom pain." I don't know what the hell its all about. I'm doing everything right, and it only happens sometimes. Phantom.
Saturday - Team in Training practice at Balboa park. It was supposed to be 18 miles for Alaska full marathoners. I was going to try to do 10, and it was a perfect, lovely day for a run. But, I was smart and stopped after 5 miles. I knew that I'd regret it the next day. Finished in 55 minutes for a 10:41 pace. I'm clearly getting faster. Yay! After practice I headed over to Pasadena to the marathon expo to pick up my bib for the half marathon the next day. I then went home and got ready for a birthday party scavenger hunt in Playa del Rey that evening (not necessarily the best idea to go to a party the night before a race, but I wanted to go, and I wasn't concerned with getting a PR at the marathon, so off I went).
Sunday - Ugh, 4:15am alarm went off. I had a moment when I thought about turning off the alarm and going back to sleep. Why on earth did I think waking up at 4:15am on my birthday was going to be a good idea?!? But, I did. I got up and got ready to go run 13.1 miles. My friends Susie and Amanda came and met me and we carpooled over to Pasadena. I decided I was not going to run super hard and try to PR, I wanted to enjoy myself, and I knew the best way to do that would be to run with Amanda. She is always entertaining and I knew it would make the race so much more fun if I stayed with her. (I'll post a full recap of Pasadena tomorrow.) I finished the race in 2:45, exactly the same time as I ran OC two weeks ago. Pace was 12:28. It was a fun day, even in the rain. More soon.
So... back to my question at the beginning. Am I ready? Kind of. I just need to work hard for the next few weeks. I put in 18 miles this weekend, and, while I'm sore today, I know that I can do this. Alaska, I'm coming to get you!
Back on track this week.... Must run tonight, since I went to Disneyland yesterday to celebrate my birthday and didn't run.
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