Thursday: Half of a Zumba class and 3M
Saturday: 20 Mile 10K
This was a weird week. I feel like I did more, but the facts are right there. Travel always messes with me like that. So does heat and it was hot in Florida! But I digress.
Thursday, I got frustrated with Zumba so I quit the class half way through and went to run on the treadmill. I've never done that before and I usually always enjoy the class even if there is a routine or 2 I'm not a fan of. It's a perfect warmup for running when I don't want to. But this class just wasn't working for me. Every routine seemed to be focused on gyrating in one way or another. I'm sure that's beneficial somehow, but this white girl wasn't having it. Then my 3 miles sucked, but I decided that was ok. You have to have the crappy workouts to appreciate the good ones, right?
I still wasn't sure I was going to rock the 20miler until I woke up that morning. I reallyyyyy didn't want to. I knew I hadn't been taking care of my legs as much as I should've been and I knew it was going to be painful, specifically my knees. Spoiler alert: I was right. It was definitely painful, but I pushed through. I need to focus the taper on stretching and rolling more. I don't remember hurting as early as mile 11 last year, or I've conveniently forgotten. I do know I took care of myself better last year, though. Despite all that, I feel a little more tired than usual but again, not total zombie-like. Cheers to no longer being a marathon training noob!
Can't believe it's already taper time. I think I might be finally getting excited about this. Or I'm just getting excited about being able to just shorter distance races and enjoy them- I was completely jealous of all the people enjoying the RNR BK post-race party and everyone who gets to run the Staten Island Half tomorrow. Either way, there is excitement happening!
PS: An update on the government shutdown affecting the race, NYRR addressed it later this week.