Sunday, June 28, 2009

Beginning of the end

Well I am officially into my new apartment (with my lovely new roommate JoJo) but the only problem is that I don't have any bedroom furniture yet. Hopefully it will be delivered this week...

Friday was my last long run before the Boilermaker 15k in two weeks from today. I set out early to avoid the sun, but it was still hot out. I did a simple out and back loop-de-loop of just under 9 miles on a pretty flat course. Around 6 miles my knees were really hurting and I finally had to stop at an intersection with less than a mile to go. I feel like I just need new sneakers but I was thinking maybe I could just get some gel insets to wear for the race and then get new sneakers after that??

8.9 miles in 1:13:24 (8:15 pace)

After the run I had trouble walking down the stairs, my quads were so sore! I woke up Saturday and went for a recovery run which turned into a super slow jog around the block. My legs would not move at all and its a good thing that I had today off from running so I could rest up!

Tomorrow starts my "taper" of sorts for the 15k and also tomorrow is my first day of work! I have my outfit all picked out and I am ready to go! I am a little bit nervous but really the first day can't be that hard...right??!! So tomorrow is a big day in a lot of ways!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!


Brian said...

I'd get the new shoes. I always find new shoes to be "springier" and thus faster on race day...It may just be in my head.

More importantly, however, is to run your taper workouts in good shoes. You don't want to start the race injured. If your knees continue to give you trouble, ice them after your workouts. Keep your runs easy and taper down. Things will likely work themselves out if you give them some TLC.

Amy said...

Hey girl - I would get the new shoes. If you feel like you need one, I wouldn't hesitate. You don't want to get injuried before your race!

Jamie said...

get the new shoes. if you get the same kind you don't need a lot "breaking in" before the race. your knees will thank you.

Congrats on moving into the new place and good luck with 1st day of work! How exciting!!!!

Nicole said...

Get new shoes! You dont wanna get hurt. 2 weeks is PLENTY of time to break them in!

soo exciting about your first day tomorrow! GOOD luck!!! I'll be thinking of you girl! :)

Heather C said...

Definitely grab some inserts if you don't get new shoes first!! And be sure to test them out with plenty of time, they're all veryyyy different.

Good luck on your first day tomorrow!!!

Anonymous said...

Get a new pair of shoes! You feet and legs will thank you. Hope you have a great first day on the job.

Glenn Jones said...

"Welcome to the workin' week.
Oh I know it don't thrill you, I hope it don't kill you.
Welcome to the workin' week.
You gotta do it till you're through it so you better get to it."

Elvis Costello - My Aim is True 1977

No Longer Using said...

do you have a foam roller??? i LOVE rolling out my quads and it helps tons. great job on your long run!!! can't wait for you to rock the race!!!!!!!!!! so where did you buy your bedroom furniture?? elliot and i are gonna have to buy everything- neither of us owns a thing!! :)

N.D. said...

Thats a great long run pace - great job! I now everything will come together for you!

Unknown said...

Getting new shoes will be better in the long run. Pun intended. Great pace or the long run!

Amy said...

I hope your first day of work today goes well!

And looks like I'm in the minority here... but I wouldnt get new shoes before the race, unless you can get a good 20-30 miles on them before the race. I find that new shoes take a little breaking in sometimes. Just my opinion, though.

Marlene said...

I'd try the inserts and see if that helps so you don't have to race in a new pair of shoes.

Good luck at the new job!!!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Speedy girl!! Good luck with work..

Julia said...

That is awesome speed! I am 'tapering' for a 15K too, it's the second longest distance I've ever run...
Yay for your new place, and good luck on your job! :)

Unknown said...

Great job on your run!

And super excited for your new apartment!

SDrunner said...

It might be the shoes, depedning on how many miles you've ran in them, but to be safe I would also try to ice those knees. Good luck on the race and good luck on the first day of work too, that should be exciting!

Aron said...

great job on your run!!! hope you have a great first day of work today too :)

Felice Devine said...

That's a great run! woo hoo!

I hope your first day of work went well. I so remember my first day at my first "real" job. So exciting!!!

Denise said...

Get the new shoes...your feet will thank you for it!

Kim said...

Hope work is going well.
Enjoy your taper, rest up.

Wendy said...

I'd get the new shoes.

X-Country2 said...

Aren't you the one who buys shoes at 250 miles? :o) With as much as you run, that's about every month. You probably are due. :o)

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