Thanks for letting me get a little off track yesterday. Speedwork was my cure after a long, grumpy day. Today I feel much better! My speedwork consisted of a 10-min. warm-up, 3 x 1000 at 8:34 pace, and a 10-min. cooldown. I was planning to do 4 x 1000, but my knees were both feeling really warm and there was a tingly sensation in my right leg so I cut it short to avoid making anything worse. I am going to the doctor tomorrow to find out if my IT band self-diagnosis is correct and to make sure I am doing everything I can do make things better. My knees never bother me when I am not running, and I was able to run through the discomfort (it's not actually PAIN) last night. So I am hoping the issues subside with continued stretching, strengthening and post-run icing.
Now for some racing news. This past Saturday was the St. George marathon. I was so excited for those I knew who were running it (Stacey and my 100+ marathon friend Becky), but I was also a little bummed I was not there. It is a lottery, and I was not selected to run. St. George is the reason I started my marathon training this year; I signed up for Top of Utah when I didn't get selected to run St.G. Anyhow,one way you can run the race without depending on the lottery is through the Runner Series. After registering and paying $10, I just have to select and run two (of nine) qualifying races. Then I'm in.
Registration opened yesterday at 9 am. By 9:15, I had registered myself and my husband (his idea). The series is limited to 750 runners and is now closed! Now it's just a matter of running those two races, and I will be at the St. George Marathon starting line on October 2, 2010.
Did you notice the above mention that my husband is also one of those 750 runners? He wants to run, and he has some brand spankin' new Mizunos waiting in his closet for their day in the sun. So maybe that day is here. I won't say anymore since he reads this blog and I don't want him to feel TOO much pressure. But I might have an occasional running buddy in the coming months.