This race was my birthday present to myself. It is also so amazing of my parents to come and watch me and be so proud of me. It is so motivating and makes it that much more fun.
The week leading up to the race I was having a lot of pain in my left IT band. On Wednesday, August 5th, I went to a powerlifting gym and did a workout that left my quads so so unbelievably sore. I skipped running on the following Thursday and did upper body and light walking to break up the soreness. Friday I thought I was ok to do my 16 mile training run. I was wrong. The soreness in my quads created an imbalance and inflammation. By Saturday, August 8th, I wasn’t even able to walk without pain. So I just started tapering early. I also started going to an active release therapy doctor. Bethany (check her out here) recommended it to me and I think it is really helping. I will just need some good solid rest time after this race. You can find an ART doc here & learn more about it if you are interested.
The week leading up to the half marathon, I kept my macros at 135P/215C/53F & did not increase since I couldn’t run this week. My workouts were:
- Monday: 20 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes step mill, physical therapy exercises, legs & 20 minutes swimming after work
- Tuesday: 20 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes bike, chest & shoulders
- Wednesday: 10 minutes elliptical, 3 miles @ 7:36 pace, physical therapy exercises, glutes, biceps & triceps
- Thursday: 20 minutes elliptical, back & abs
- Friday: Rest day
- Saturday: 2 miles strides
- Sunday: race day
Thursday was my actual birthday. So weird to say I am 27! My boyfriend took me to an amazing restaurant I have been wanting to try called Lolinda. It is an Argentinian Steakhouse and it was DELICIOUS. He surprised me with the most thoughtful gift – a trip to Oiselle’s flagship store in Seattle. I tried to go a while back when we were in Seattle, but I went to the wrong place & ran out of time. He said it would be “trains, planes & automobiles” to get there and somehow work in seeing my friends up in the Pacific Northwest at the same time. So when I unwrapped the gift he brought, it was a magnet train, paper plane & toy car. I’m so excited! It was such a thoughtful and fun gift. I have never been one to like material gifts as much as an experience, so I couldn’t have picked out a better idea myself.
Friday night my family & the BF went to Tony’s for dinner & Beach Blanket Babylon in North Beach. I love going to this show! If you live in the Bay Area and haven’t been, I highly recommend it.
My family is the cutest!
Saturday we hung out and went to the expo for the half marathon. The Giants Race also has a 5k, 10k and family race, so it had a good mix of people. You can check out their website here. The race benefits Project Open Hand, which helps to provide meals to families in need in the community. It is great cause and the race raises a lot of money and awareness for them.
It is always nice to cook your food for a pre-race meal, but the foodie side of me enjoys eating out. We have gone to Trattoria Contadina in San Francisco before, so I knew it would be a good pre-race dinner. Their spaghetti & meatballs are amazing, and their other food is great too, so it is a win-win!
Sunday morning wasn’t too cold, which was so nice for a San Francisco race morning HA! Most people across the US are freaking out about the heat, and people were still showing up to this race in heat sheets and jackets.
The course was an out & back, and mostly flat. That was really helpful as my angry IT band is more quickly aggravated with hills. The pain came on within the first 2 miles. It peaked around mile 5 and stayed pretty consistent the rest of the race. I finished in 1:43:06 with an average pace of 7:51. It was nice to get a solid sub-8 minute mile time with that level of pain. I’m looking forward to a race without a nagging injury though LOL.
After you finished, they let the runners stretch on the grass. By stretch, I mean collapse – at least for me.
My dad and I wanted to taste the Lagunitas beer they were handing out. My tummy couldn’t take it though. BCAAs and beer don’t really mix.
We went to cute brunch place called Blackwood Cafe afterward.
After I got back to John’s place, I did an ice bath. I had never done one before – it seems like something only elite athletes need to do. After reading Maury’s training tip from My Heart Races Blog, I decided to give it a shot as I was in a lot of pain. The pain was way worse after I stopped running. Then I spent the rest of the day reading and napping on my cough with Bennie.
Best birthday weekend with the best people I could ask for.
Hope you all had an amazing weekend too!