Since I'm enjoying vacation this week, I'm just dropping by with a quick training update because I'm looking forward to a long nights sleep and I can't wait!!
here's the breakdown:
Monday: 5 miles at the park
Wednesday: missed my 9 miles thanks to a work meeting soooo...
Thursday: 6 super speedy miles on MY LUNCH HOUR!!!
Saturday: drumroll....18 MILES! Whooottttt hooooooo!
I was really nervous about this run because of my last 16 miler...calf cramps were in the back of my mind and I've been missing runs here and there. Nicole and I headed to the trail around 6:30 am and I called my mom on the way. She was going to load her bike and meet us there...and then ride between us and give us drinks and encouragement. We started running and she called around mile 1.5 and said she would be there in 20 minutes. I had originally planned on fueling every 5 miles, so I reminded her that we would be needing water soon. At 4 miles, Nicole decided to speed up a little and I kept my 9:40-10:00 pace. The miles ticked by, mostly uneventful...4...5...6...where is my mom??? I'm starting to be a little nervous, and really needing some water/fuel. 7...8...and then she appeared. She was surprised by how fast we had been running as she had been trying to catch us for 45 minutes. Ha! Right about then Nicole had turned around and we ditched our shirts and stuff with mom and kept plugging away. Really, I can't say that my run was eventful...I felt pretty darn good for pretty much the entire thing. I stopped to walk twice and it was only so I could drink without spilling down myself. I was able to get to 13.1 miles in 2 hours 10 minutes which is better than any half I've run to date. My very most favorite part of my run was my mom riding up to me at mile 12 and chatting for a few...about the video posted below...about her being proud of me for my running accomplishments (seriously people, when people who knew me "before running" find out that I've been running, they are seriously shocked.) It was a really great run. While I was a little tired on Saturday, I wasn't sick AT ALL which is a first, and the compression socks I bought really helped my calves a ton!!
20 next Friday...bring it. I'm stoked!
Hope everyone had an amazing weekend!
Oh, and if you're in need for some inspiration, check out the video below...dare you to do it without tears!