Sunday, January 29, 2012
Well, this post is obviously late, but that's the story of my life right now. I'm super busy and pretty much behind with everything.
Week 3 of spring training was tough. I ran 15 miles of hills at Mitch Mountain (aka Mitch Park). I ran 5 with Lisa before the rest of the group showed up. They were scheduled for 10, so we finished with them. It is so dark out there! Luckily I remembered just how dark it would be so I made a special trip to Lowes the night before for a headlamp to wear while running. Yes, I'm a nerd.... big time!
The run was pretty good until I hit 13.1 miles (a half marathon). At that exact moment my mind was finished. I was frozen and so were my water bottles. I just wanted to be done and go somewhere warm. Mile 14 seemed to be the longest mile I've ever run in my life. Seriously, it would NOT end! Anyway, I finally hit that 15 mile mark on my Garmin and I was DONE. What a relief! The 15 miles with the hills and sharp turns felt like a 20 miler. It wasn't pretty by any means, but I got it done.
After my run, I quickly went home to shower and change. I then placed my bike on the back of my car and drove to a friend's house. We rode our bikes from her house to Whole Foods for some grocery shopping and lunch. It ended up being a total of only 10.5 miles. We had a great time riding, shopping, and eating! Plus, I'm convinced the biking helps me recover from the long runs.