Big news! I ran for the first time in three weeks today!
I’ve just been doing interval work since my half marathon got cancelled three weeks ago, but today I finally felt compelled to head out for a real steady pace run. Three weeks off sure does make you rusty.
I decided to keep things easy and just did three miles. It is hot in South Dakota. That’s the beauty of the midwest; freezing in the winter and grossly hot in the summer! Can’t catch a break.
It’s amazing how big a difference three weeks off makes. My pace hasn’t changed or anything, but I just felt more fatigued than I would have a month ago. I’m running the Sioux Falls Half Marathon in September, and will probably start training within the next few weeks. Hopefully that one doesn’t get rained out, too.
I’ve been wondering how I should go about training for this race. I usually follow a training plan created by someone else, but I’m considering coming up with my own plan. I’m no expert runner and I’m not sure if there’s some magic formula I need to be following to get the best results. I’ll probably just focus on what has worked for me during past training plans and go from there.
I followed my hot run with a nice cold smoothie.
Smoothie in a beer mug. Classy, right? Not sure why it looks brown in this picture. This smoothie was simple but delicious. I threw the following ingredients into the blender:
- 1 frozen banana
- 3 frozen strawberries
- handful frozen blueberries
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
- 1/3 cup liquid egg whites
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- handful fresh spinach
Full of fruit! I usually like to use greek yogurt or cottage cheese to thicken my smoothies a little bit. I didn’t have any on hand today so decided to throw some egg whites in instead. I’ve done this in the past so I knew it wouldn’t taste too funky. Also adds even more protein!
I’m off to watch some Netflix and enjoy a relaxing Sunday night!
I was so ready to run the Minneapolis Half Marathon this morning.
I got an email this morning as Mike and I were heading out for the race, informing me that it had been delayed an hour due to thunderstorms and lightning. Mike and I sat in his car near the beginning of the race for over an hour before I eventually made my way to the start line at around 7:30 with the rest of the runners. The rain was clearing up, and I was feeling good and ready. I found my pace group, and my adrenaline was really rushing. About five minutes later I started seeing people running away from the starting line. Slowly, the word began to spread through the 6,000 runners that the race had been cancelled.
Cancelled?! It was barely raining. There was no official announcement right away, but it was pretty clear that the race was off.
I ran a couple miles to blow off some steam as I waited for Mike to come back to pick me up, but it wasn’t enough to get over my disappointment. I couldn’t help but think about all the runners who trained for months, some preparing for their first marathon ever. What a let down.
It was disappointing that the race was cancelled, but what was worse was the way it was handled. The organizers had promised updates on the status of the race through email and Facebook. That never happened. There was no official word that the race was actually cancelled until about an hour after it was supposed to start.
The reason they gave was dangerous weather, but it didn’t rain a drop after it was cancelled, and apparently the course was in fine shape. I still got all the race gear, but none of the pride that comes from crossing the finish line.
This is pretty much how I’m feeling right now:
This is Ella! The only thing she has to be sad about is that it’s not a sunny day and she isn’t running around outside.
I wasn’t sure how this race was going to go, but I definitely was not expecting it to be cancelled. I feel a little deflated and unmotivated. I have another half marathon coming on in September that will hopefully help me get over this unfortunate situation!