I’ve Got My Running MoJo BACK!

31 Jul

If you remember my after vacation posts, I was not running very well or very happy. It may have been a combination of recovery from Pac Crest or getting back from vacation or adapting to the warmness of the summer weather. Whatever it was, it finally subsided just as I was starting my first leg of Ragnar 2 weekends ago. I ran strong, positive, and happy. We had a great team and a great time!!

About 48 hours after my last leg, I has some sort of soreness in my left foot. I thought…OHHH NO…PLEASE NO!!!!! I did not know what it was but I thought I would give it a few days. I did lots of spinning and swimming in the meantime. I skipped track practice. I skipped my tempo run. By Friday it was better but I thought I better see if I can run on it so if need be Bird Legs could get a replacement for me for Cascade Lakes Relay(CLR) this coming weekend.

I want to talk about CLR real quick. We run from Diamond Lake to Bend. 216 miles in the heat and elevation. Everyone says it is such a great relay BUT it is hot and hard!! That being said here is the forecast:
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On Friday: Dan and I set out for a 6 mile “easy” run, flat, and hot. I am starting to feel better about running in the heat. My foot did not bother at all and it actually felt better when we were done! Well in that case it was probably just something funky not sure what but there was no time to worry about it!!!

Run #2: I needed to do a long run. 13 miles was on my Chicago training schedule. I decided to wait until the afternoon (not really on purpose but that’s what happened)! The clouds burned off and it was warm and getting warmer! I was surprisingly very positive about doing a half-marathon in the middle of the afternoon on a Sunday. (What is wrong with me?) I set off to do a shamrock training run because I loosely knew what the mileage was. It was hilly. Some shade but definitely some direct sun hits!

I went off with my Nuun, gus, and music. I was mentally prepared for 13 miles. It went very well. Everything felt good. I was just cruising through the miles. I got to my office, 7 miles, from home but did not have my key to get cold water. The water from the drinking fountain was cold enough! ๐Ÿ™‚

Run

I knew I was going to hit the Steel Bridge instead of the Broadway Bridge on the way home. I thought that was going to cut that mile off. At mile 11, I knew there was no way I was only 2 miles away from home. I was getting tired but still feeling good and positive! Mile 12 hit and I was still cruising along. I knew I still had the ramp and hill up and around the Rose Garden to finish up the hills. I would then be at about 13 and home free. Flat to the end!!

I hit 14 miles just as I got home. I felt great! I had a great pace and average! I am actually happy that I had the bonus mile because my next long run is 16 miles. I feel like it will be easier to digest with only an increase of 2 miles instead of 3! LONG RUN DONE!
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My last run before CLR was track practice yesterday. Track practice was cancelled but I was going anyway. I had planned to do 6×800. I was kind of excited. I use the word “excited” loosely because track practice is my least favorite workout of the week!

I got there and decided that I better just do 4×800. I am running another 18 miles this weekend. I better save a little bit of juice! I do the first 3 at 4:18, 4:16, 4:15. If I have learned anything from Amy it is to do one last hard one and follow it up by another one 10-15 seconds slower so you can use the adrenaline from your fast one.

I did a 4:08 and 4:14. Not bad. I really wanted to do a 6th one but was kind of glad I didn’t have to. Psych!!

All in all a few good runs to keep my mojo alive. I am excited for this weekend. Watch out Central Oregon Team “Put a Bird on it” is coming to town!

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How do you get your running mojo back??

5 Responses to “I’ve Got My Running MoJo BACK!”

  1. MoM July 31, 2013 at 9:59 PM #

    You GO girl!

  2. Kristen L @ DYL August 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM #

    Maybe you just needed to be running in a way that you love (like the relay) with fun people to get your mojo back. Glad to hear you are back at it!!

  3. Jesica @rUnladylike August 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM #

    Congrats on recapturing your mojo!!!

  4. Kara August 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM #

    Hope your foot is still feeling okay. Awesome job with the speedwork AND the 14 miles! Amazing! I need to get back to the track soon…you’re my inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats August 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM #

      My foot is totally fine. Not sure what happened! So weird!! You take some time off and recover!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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