Thank you all so much for your advice and encouragement last week. Dealing with an injury is never fun, but you all have helped me realize that it’s not the end of the world if I can’t run Richmond in November. Still TBD.
This past weekend I was in Nashville for a wedding, so my dad and I did a little exploring on our Saturday run. We ran through downtown, around the Titans stadium, across some bridges, and down a greenway along the river. The view was great and we got in about 7 slow miles (9:30 pace). My leg felt pretty good. There was some tightness towards the end, but no real pain.
At one point during our run we were on a greenway and a couple was running about the same pace as us, so we started talking with them. I asked the woman if she was training for anything or if she had ever run a marathon. She said she’s run 36 marathons and “a few” ultras, but that she was just running to explore the city that day, just like us. My jaw just about dropped. I proceeded to ask her a million questions and told her all about my leg. She had experience with IT band injuries and told me not to do Richmond unless I felt 100% healed and confident in my training. She said she will never forget her first marathon and that you want it to be enjoyable. That really stuck with me, probably because it’s something a lot of you said in the comments on my last post.
This woman has done 36 marathons and she said her best memories were from her very first one. I don’t want my memories to include hobbling across the finish line. Lots to think about in the next few weeks!
We had a really fun weekend hanging out in one my favorite cities. Nashville is just the best. Taylor Swift was in town all weekend so I was taking pictures with her face every chance I got. I’m going to see her in a few weeks when she comes to Greensboro and I can barely contain my excitement!!
The wedding was Saturday evening so we had some time to explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and the streets of downtown Nashville during the day. I continued to take pictures of all things Taylor.
After spending some time at the Country Music Hall of Fame, we went and got some lunch and drinks downtown since we still had some time to kill before the wedding.
It was such a beautiful wedding on a farm just outside of downtown.
The two who got married are family friends so I was happy to have my parents and my brother there with us!
My mom drew the artwork for these super cute cocktail napkins (this is their dog, Larry). He was also the ring bearer.
On Sunday we had a very long, rainy drive back to North Carolina and I was also hit with some really bad news about Ben Roethlisberger. Hopefully my Steelers will be okay without him for the next 4-6 weeks 🙁
I haven’t done an actual running recap in so long, but I have been logging everything on my training tab. If I’m going to run Richmond, I have to be healthy. I’m really trying to show some restraint with my mileage as I ease back into training and I’m trying hard to keep my runs slow.
Monday: 5.5 miles, 9:00 pace
Wednesday: 3 miles, 8:30 pace
Thursday: 3 miles, 8:45 pace
Saturday: 7 miles, 9:30 pace
Total: 18.5 miles
In other news, I think I’m going to run the Bull City Race Fest half marathon in two weeks! This was always on my training schedule but I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to do it with my injury. A few of my friends are doing it and I think it will be a good confidence booster if it goes well. I’m not going to try to PR or set any time goals, but I think it will feel good to just race again.
Ever been to Nashville?
Anyone else obsessed with T Swift?