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Pedestrian Crossing

28 Feb

It has come to my attention that drivers are totally unaware of runners – even when you are running right in front of their car! Last Wednesday my friend/coach Ryan, another girl, and I were all out doing a 5k time trial. We almost didn’t run at all since it was windy, raining, and about 33 degrees – but its still more enjoyable than having to run on the treadmill. So as we were almost through the 2nd 5k loop we noticed a car that was waiting to pull out of a restaurant parking lot. I thought “no biggie, she can totally see us coming”. WRONG!!!! As I was running by her car she totally pulled out and hit all 3 of us! Ryan was trying to yell ahead to me and tell me to stop because she didn’t look before she pulled out but it was too late – I was already in front of her car. So of course he tried throwing both of us girls out of the way and ended up running right into the driver’s side door of her car. Its funny now, but the only thing that was going through my mind as I was pushing off the car’s hood was “not my legs – I have so many races to run” lol So we checked oursleves out to make sure no one was bleeding or broken and finished our run. What I learned: While it is common sense to look to your right and left before you pull out of a parking lot, there are lots of idiots who don’t. Don’t expect drivers to see you. Later that night my left shoulder started tightening up and then started hurting pretty badly Thursday and Friday so I went to the doc to have it checked out. Turns out I strained my rotator cuff and trapezius muscle so I’m on some muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory meds until it heals up. No planks for me for a couple weeks… BUT it could have been SO much worse, so I’m very thankful for that.

Anywho I took rest days on Thursday and Friday since I think my body was just shaken up from the whole thing. Both Saturday and Sunday’s runs went super well so I was excited for that. My training this week will switch from one track workout a week to two, 5k time trial on wednesday, indoor mile on Friday evening, then some more progressive runs during the weekend. I will also start doing 2-a-day runs at least on Sundays. Oh and my first outdoor 5k will be on Saturday morning! Not sure how good I’ll do with running the mile the night before, but its all for fun, right? 🙂 Here’s a look back at my last weeks training:

2/21         Run – 5.2 mi recovery (51:35) 34* rain
                   Bike – 30 min easy

2/22        Run – 2.6 mi w/u (27:20)
                   Run – 8 x 400 (12:40) ISU outdoor track (1:28, 1:37, 1:36, 1:35, 1:34, 1:38,1:37, 1:35) 25*, windy, and snow
                   Run – 1 mi c/d easy

2/23        Run – 1 mi w/u easy – 29* rain
                   Run – 2 x 5k loop easy (22:50, 25:09)
                   Bike – 30 min easy

2/24         OFF

2/25         OFF

2/26         Run – 6.5 mi (56:29) 31* mist

2/27         Run – 11.2 mi – 1:36 (middle 7 miles progressive) 38*, 20mph wind (yuk!)
                    9:25 warm-up
                    9:13 warm-up
                    8:36
                    8:20
                    8:13
                    8:08
                    8:14 (turning into the wind)
                    7:57
                    7:48 
                    9:43 recovery
                    9:38 recovery

Totals:    Run – 35.6 mi   ****new weekly high!!****
                     Bike –  1 hour

Next race is the indoor mile at North Central College in Naperville, IL!!! Then Miller Park 5k in Bloomington, IL!! Ooooh and I just ordered some Nike arm sleeves and matching Nike gloves that I can’t wait to wear for 5k’s instead of a long-sleeve shirt or coat!!