1 week from today I will be running..er..run/walking the Nike Women’s (half) Marathon in San Francisco! My training for this race has been minimal, but I can’t dwell on that now. I did the best that I could with the short time I had after coming back from my running layoff 🙂
City vs Nature
I started the weekend off with a 4 mile run in Golden Gate Park on Friday afternoon:
Running in the park is such an escape from city life. The air feels fresh and clean, the noise level low, and the scenery is always pretty:
I was able to make an evening yoga class as well, so I had a nice well-rounded workout for the day.
Then, today I did an 8 mile long run in the City:
Still finishing faster than I started!
City running lacks the peaceful vibe of Golden Gate Park, but has it’s own unique appeal (I mean, aside from narrowly escaping death every time a car runs a red light).
I’m fairly competent at taking pictures with my phone while running. Sometimes I try to be creative, but I don’t really have any artsy photography skills…
I call this Runner’s-eye view of fall leaves
Taking pictures while running not only passes the time and documents my running experiences, it creates for me an appreciative awareness of my surroundings. I’m always looking for new and fun things, and when I’m feeling worn down or tired during my run I will find something that interests me and I think, “how awesome is it to be running here?!”
I’ve been neglecting mid-run fuel as of late, so I bought some dried mangoes from Trader Joe’s and ate a few pieces just after mile 4. I get really hungry during any run over an hour, and a little sugar boost helps me to the end. Unfortunately, gels wreak havoc on my stomach so I can’t run and GU. These mangoes are harder to chew and a little less convenient, but they’ve always worked for me (and they are tasty!).
After the half marathon next Sunday, I plan on backing down my mileage again. I’ve been cautious and so far my body has responded well. I’m never very sore, and foam rolling/icing has been a leg-saver. But I’m going to pull the miles back again for a few weeks and make sure my base is strong. I haven’t decided anything for certain, but I’m REALLY considering running the 2014 LA Marathon on March 9! It’s been on the back of my mind, but I’m not committing to anything (or paying any expensive registration fees!) until I’m 100% confident I can safely train.
Only 7 more days to go until the NWM!