Fastest Mile- 8:01
Less Fast Mile- 10:03
Cold day with WIND! We did 5 laps around a 5ish mile trail very hilly!!
The Little Studs got up before I left for my LONG RUN. They are usually in bed still, we got to talking about moving to the "Big House," before I knew it I was LATE!! UGH...
I arrived 5 minutes before the group set off and sprinted down to the restroom not a minute too soon. Yes I would start my 23++ miler with an upset tummy, YIPPEE!! I did not see Janna so I texted, she was late, everyone set out so I waited, and WAITED and WAITED... finally my wonderful runny buddy arrived. I am very glad I waited because I really needed her today, Janna played cheerleader and kept me going even when I was not feeling well. Here is a bullet point version of the FUN parts of the run.
-Hills, and hills, thankfully we were running past the zoo, beautiful water views, lush Forrest's and where Muscle Man and I were married. We did the 4.7ish loop 3 times one way and twice the other way... FYI it is just as hilly both ways.
-CRAZY characters, one man, Janna called Jose, who wore loose sweat pants under compression shorts WEIRD, a dude driving slow to check us out with and "I love s$x" sticker in his window, people steeling from our water stops I asked them for $1 and cut in front of them I PAID for this, etc..
-One of the Fleet Feet coaches told me I looked "Lean" and that I had trimmed up over the months.. LOVE IT!! And later as Janna and I ran past walked they called us "Fast." Oh how I love positive comments :)
-The funny part about a loop is you see the same people over and over and over. One tall man we saw first pushing a stroller with a woman running next to him, the next 2 times he was solo. I gave him a high five the last lap.
-My legs felt like led and the wind was rough. Janna and I were using positive self talk to keep going. Things like "Wow am I glad that this hill is here," "The wind is really helping" and the one that got the most laugh when I said "Wow I feel so light on my feet today."
-Janna busted ahead at the end and I coasted as best I could. I had a hard time getting down Gu and was running on FUMES.. Good news is that Eugene is pretty flat. With an overall 9:00 pace for 23.3 on all hills, I am CONFIDENT that I am ready.
-I tested a pace band I cant wait to tell you all about. I am still LOST on my water, nutrition and clothing for race day.. UGH!!
-TAPER....well not really I have a couple 8 milers this week. But the last long run preparing for Eugene is in the books and I am soooo PROUD!!!
I love how this photo makes Janna, who is 95lbs soaking wet, look to be the same size as me. I was sooo tired that I plopped down on the wet grass to stretch...
OK off to bed.. Up at 4:30AM because I have to work Sunday... Hmmmmm...thankfully I have black recovery socks to keep my legs alive.
How did you runs and races go??
****I will be announcing another Virtual Race for the Cure and Giveaway soon.