If you remember, I was registered for the full marathon and had to downgrade after pneumonia and plantar fasciitis derailed my training. It's still a disappointment in my heart, but I know it was the right thing to do. I'm nowhere near ready for 26.2 right now. My goal this weekend is to finish, but also to run consistent splits and then test what I have left in the last mile - just to see where I'm at. I want it to feel like a tough training run, but not an all-out race. With 18.1 miles on tap for Sat/Sun, the Shamrock weekend will wrap up Phase 1 (base building) of my yearlong training plan for Milwaukee. After Shamrock, I'll reincorporate speedwork into my weekly repertoire.
There was no taper for Shamrock. In fact, I hit a peak last week when most people would taper... 35 miles! That was my highest mileage week since last October. Combine the miles with yoga, swimming and Spinning, and I was pleased with how my body handled it all with relative ease. Oddly enough, I also had two complete rest days. Unplanned, of course. I hate rest days. But it has me rethinking my training plan going forward...
So now the details of our Virginia trip begin... weather stalking and the packing. Of course, the weather forecast keeps changing, but safe to say we'll have temps in the 40's for race time on both days... that is my favorite run temperature! Now I just hope we can avoid rain... especially since I'm looking forward to Shamock's grandoise post-party! Weather determines a large part of raceday clothing, so I will be packing a variety of options... layers, layers, layers. With hubby there as a spectator, it'll be easy for me to drop as I run if need be. (Note: My hubby was registered to run the 8K, but he now has a torn meniscus in his knee. So instead he's looking at surgery the day we return from Virginia. Serious Boo.)
With the help of Runner Decals, I created this Boston Strong emblem to make a festive green outfit for one of the Shamrock races...
|Boston Strong iron-on from Runner Decals|
Compression Socks from ProCompression
Sparkle Skirt from Sparkle Athletic
I've worked with Runner Decals on a number of projects now and always love the result! While some view the "run outfits" as tacky, it's the fun part of pre-race for me. I enjoy creating outfits that are festive, but yet I also want them to be comfortable on the run. By using Runner Decals, I'm able to pick the perfect-fit shirt for me and then iron-on the design. I've washed the shirts multiple times and never had a problem with it peeling off.
Look - My pal Patty and I used custom iron-on decals from Runner Decals last year too!
|So excited that Patty is meeting me in Virginia Beach this weekend.|
She moved to the East Coast last year and I miss my run buddy so much!
GIVEAWAY!Runner Decals was nice enough to send me some extra BOSTON STRONG iron-on decals. So let's have a quick fire GIVEAWAY!! The randomly-drawn winner will receive their choice of...
WINNER MAY CHOOSE FROM....
Lime green short-sleeve moisture-wicking shirt (size Large)
dark green BOSTON STRONG on front; RunWithJess.com on back
- or -
Black long-sleeve moisture-wicking shirt (your choice on size)
white BOSTON STRONG on front; RunWithJess.com on back
- or -
Your choice of white or green BOSTON STRONG decal
and you can iron it on a shirt you already have at home
You have 24 hours to enter!!
Winner will be drawn via the Rafflecopter app below
at 12noon on Wednesday, March 12. Good Luck!!
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