Week 4 TNFECSDC Training Recap

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I’m pretty behind on this recap but better late than never, right?  Week 4 started ok.  I was thankful for a short 2 miles after my back to back 12 and 8 to end Week 3.  After that things started heating up.  By Thursday it was time for my first long feeling weekday run at 6 miles.  I ended up having to suffer through three 2 mile laps due to the snow piles that were still blocking sidewalks and trails, but I got it done anyway.

Kim convinced me to run a race on Saturday.  It was a 10k and I had 14 miles scheduled.  I got to the race site at super dark thirty and started running before the race.  I was hoping to have enough time to knock out all of my extra miles before the race so that when I crossed the finish line I was actually finished for the day.  It worked out quite well.  I ended up doing 7.7 miles before the race.  I use my knuckle lights and safety vest and ran most of the race course and then added another piece at the end to get the extra distance.  As I was finishing I ended up seeing Kim pulling into the parking lot.  It worked out perfectly.  We spent as much time inside as we could before heading to the start line because it was cold.

The race was pretty good.  It was a training run for me so we ran the pace that Kim wanted to run.  It worked out well because I had awesome company for most of my long run.  I was sooooo glad to be finished when we crossed that finish line.  My watch said 6.3 miles so I ended up right at the 14 miles that I was supposed to run.

Enjoying the race!
Enjoying the race!

 

After the race.
After the race.

I felt good that afternoon but that evening I ended up with back spasms.  They were really painful.  I had trouble sleeping that night and was still in so much pain the next day that I decided it was not a good idea to even attempt to run.  I ended up missing an 8 mile run.  :(

So I guess overall it was a mixed week.  I had some good days and some not so good days.  I did what I could and tried to be smart when I wasn’t feeling my best.  No reason to get hurt and miss more than one run.