Weekend Running Thoughts

I have half a dozen of half written posts and another half dozen or so post ideas. Yet somehow I haven't been able to find the time or energy to write, edit, and then add photos and such. Right now my mind is operating in bullet point mode so that's what I'm going with for this post.

+ Last Thursday marked 30-days till my next marathon. Up until last week I felt like I've been training for this thing forever and couldn't wait for race day to just get here already. But now that we're within a four-week period I'm back to my familiar "oh-myg-oodness-I-need-more-time" mode.

+ Especially after yesterday's run. I was supposed to run 14-miles with 4-mile pick-ups over the last 8 miles. I ended up running only 11.

+ I ran through the Richmond...

Running through the Richmond
Running through the Richmond

...down to Ocean Beach...

Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach

...past the Cliff House...

The Cliff House
The Cliff House

...Up to Lands End...

The Sutro Baths at Lands End Lookout
The Sutro Baths at Lands End Lookout

...and back down and through Golden Gate Park.

Windmill in Golden Gate Park
Windmill in Golden Gate Park
Around Stow Lake
Around Stow Lake

These are roughly the middle miles of SFM. Ironically the down hills killed my legs. I think I ran back down the Lands End hill too aggressively (if that's even such a thing) and my legs couldn't stop shaking after that. I even had to sit on the grass for about 30-min after I decided I was done until my legs felt stable enough for me to drive home (stick shift).

The "Breakers" part of Bay-to-Breakers
The "Breakers" part of Bay-to-Breakers

+ On a positive note my foot and shins felt pretty good, especially after last week's long run. I think the acupuncture treatment I had this past week really helped.

+ And apparently I really enjoy listening to country music on my runs. Who knew?

+ When I got home from the run I spent some time alternating between the pool and jacuzzi. I've lived in my community for a really long time, yet I hardly ever spend time at the pool. It's great for post-run rehab; I don't know why I haven't done this before. It sure beats an ice bath, that's for sure.

Post-run Rehab
Post-run Rehab

+ I went to lunch at Asian Box with my family. I hadn't been since last December and it was so good. I love Vietnamese food; it's full of veggies. I've decided that from now till June 16th I'm only allowed to eat out here, or The Plant Cafe or Sprout or sushi. This doesn't include the Baked Potato from BJ's Brewery that I get the night before every long run.

+ Later in the afternoon my right arm (bicep) couldn't stop twitching - the same way my legs shook during my run. I don't know what's up with that. It was still twitching when I went to sleep but was back to normal when I woke up this morning.

+ If you haven't noticed, I didn't set any goals for May. I figured that focusing on the race was plenty enough. But for the next four weeks I am making the following a priority:

- PT exercises every day: I have been slacking on these the past month and need to get back at it.

- Stretch and foam roll every day: I tend to think they are the same things, but they aren't. Both are equally important.

- Regular yoga classes: I need to purchase another month's pass.

- Get 7-8 hrs of sleep every night

- No more refined sugar: during the heat wave we had a couple of weeks ago I gave in and had some frozen yogurt. Then I couldn't stop with the sweets...

My aunt treated me to Fraiche frozen yogurt yesterday.
My aunt treated me to Fraiche frozen yogurt yesterday.

...I'm getting back on the wagon and using these books to help me do so.

The Feed Zone books
The Feed Zone books

- Run the rest of my long runs on the course

- Rehab post run in the pool and jacuzzi

+ I also reread Aron'scoursepreview (link). Although I've run both halves reading it really helps me prepare for it.

+ One of my cousins just decided to come to town for SFM and I'm really excited that she'll be here to support me. We have a road trip planned for after the race. It'll be nice to have some downtime so it's something else to look forward to.

+ I watched the Bay-to-Breakers race on TV this morning. It’s the oldest and most popular San Francisco race. (BTW this makes me so sad because I love SFM so much). If you’ve never experienced B2B it’s nuts. I ran it two years ago during the 100th anniversary year. I’m glad I did, but I have no plans to do so again. I enjoyed it so much more watching from the comforts of my home. It was cool to see the elites racing where I had just run yesterday.

Bay-to-Breakers
Bay-to-Breakers

+ Big congratulations to my cousin Michi who ran a solid race at the Brooklyn Half Marathon, my friend Ron who became an Ironman (again!) in Texas, and my long time friend Aaron who ran his first marathon in Ogden.

PS I did not win the Powerball Lottery :(