Sometimes plans change! It's Bellin 10k race week - but I have a feeling that I'll be pushing off my PR attempt til later this year. A few reasons:
I've recently struggled with minor plantar fasciitis. It's an issue that came on fast - I actually thought I had bruised foot for a few days. So I've been icing, massaging, stretching, etc. in hopes of getting things in a good enough spot to race decently on Saturday. Miles over the weekend and at the start of this week went well with minimal pain so fingers crossed ...
My last race and workout got a two thumbs down. During both I struggled through but still couldn't hit my paces. I felt flat and sluggish which is the opposite of how I want to feel going into a goal race.
Running slug style!
The weather forecast shows a high of 89 degrees on race day. Granted things will be a bit cooler at the start of the race but still far from ideal. I know I don't race well in the heat so this is an extra struggle to brace for in the upcoming days.
Coach Matt has been very supportive, especially with the PF issue. His most recent instructions were to go back to a simple plan of having fun with the race. So while I would really like to race well, I'm approaching this as a fun opportunity to run faster (hopefully!) with 13,000+ people.
Here's this week's lead up to the race:
Monday: 4 glue miles w/strides + Y-Blitz
Tuesday: 5 mile workout, inc. 400, 1600, 400
Wednesday: 4 recovery miles + Y-Fuse + Y-Core
Thursday: 3 glue miles w/strides
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Bellin 10k
Sunday: 5 recovery miles
Total: 30ish miles
Despite the training/race issues, last week was still a pretty awesome. A few splendid happenings:
Milwaukee Running Day - This is a new holiday in MKE and was celebrated with a 4.14 (Milwaukee's area code is 414) mile fun run. It was hosted by the Milwaukee Running Festival and Running in the USA. I met up with a few Oiselle teammates (Sheila, Bettina, Annie and Laura) and also got to hang out with my PRO teammate, Kassandra, and even chatted with Coach Matt for a bit! It was a wonderful evening for the MKE running community to come together.
I had a blast with these ladies!
Downtown Dining Week - This is one of my favorite weeks during the year and it's a great time to try someplace new - or visit an old favorite! How it works is several restaurants around the Downtown Milwaukee area have special three-course lunch and dinner menus. Some of the menus feature items normally on the restaurant menu but some include things that are only offered for Downtown Dining Week. So far, I have Brown Bottle, Kil@wat, Onesto and Hinterland on my list.
A delicious lunch at Kil@wat!
New Oiselle Graphic T-shirts - Five years ago, when I first discovered Oiselle, one of my first purchases was a graphic t-shirt. Over the years the shirts have evolved and the newest ones are some of the best yet. I absolutely love the new tri-blend material and the fit is spot on. These t-shirts are perfect for one the run or relaxing after a run!
One of my recent purchases!
A fantastic vet visit for Eddie! At his Tuesday appointment, his vet told me that he is looking great, his kidney levels are good and he has gained nearly a half pound - this is major for a kitty who was around 7.5 pounds. The heart condition is chronic and can't be cured but I was so happy to hear he's doing well right now. I'll continue to do whatever he needs to stay as healthy as possible.
Such a pretty boy :)
That's my update for the week! Time for you to tell me about your week :)
My questions for you:
- Do you race well in the heat? What's the hottest you've raced in?
- Have you ever had plantar fasciitis? If so, how did you treat it?
- If you're in MKE - where are you eating during Downtown Dining Week?
- What are a few things that made you happy last week?
I hope you all have a wonderful week!