PREGNANT!!!!! Check out her post HERE visit, comment and wish her happy baby!! I knew that she was trying, I (selfishly) HOPED that she would make it through Marathon training with me then get prego, but God blessed her family quickly and I could not be more excited. A new Running Mother!!! Welcome pretty Zoe. Trust that Tall Mom will be hosting an amazing Bloggy Baby Shower :)
Stats for 4/18:
8 Miles Solo-
Fastest Mile- 7:42
Less Fast Mile- 7:53
I was in a crunch, spent too much time with dishes, laundry and the little studs and lost track of time. I knew I had to get in 8 miles before meeting Amanda at 10AM. So I set out for sub 8 minute mile pace. My legs felt fresh, strong, fast. There were several people getting ready for a Bike rider but not many on the trail. CUTE= Mom running while holding her roller-blading daughter's hand!! My bondiband was making me HOT, I wanted a hat or visor, I thought I might have enough time to shop at the little sports store, but doubted that the $10 in my fuel belt would get me anything. As I approached the park I looked up and there was Amanda in her Jeep, PERFECT timing!!
8 Miles with Amanda:
Fastest Mile- 8:45
Less Fast Mile- 9:24
I have MISSED Amanda! I would run with her weekly if it worked out.. We met on 10/10/09 read about our First Running Date HERE...hmmmm Amanda we should run Portland to celebrate on 10/10/10?? I wanted to see her before she left for her FIRST MARATHON next weekend.. I had a signed copy of "Run Like a Mother" to give to her and a HUGE HUG of course.
There is never a shortage of conversation. I am in AWE of her strength raising a son with her husband away. The Marathon to her is something so different, I wish that I could see her face once she crosses that line. I am sure the PRIDE will be similar to her recent Half Marathon PR. Along the way we avoided Horse poop, and walkers. The CRAZIEST thing we saw was a man on an over sized unicycle, I said "That is the craziest thing I have seen today" and he replied "Hey Now!" Oops, did not mean to offend. But just 25 yard behind was a hairy dude on a 9-10 foot TALL bike, I think it was a tie for CRAZIEST! Who knows how he gets on the bike??
I was in dress rehearsal mode with clothes, socks, water belt/hand held and fuel. All worked well and I THINK I have it down. Amanda was suffering from a Sun induced rash and was not feeling well, she TOUGHED it out. We cruised to the finish and I quickly crabbed my chocolate milk from my cooler in the car....I LOVE LOVE LOVE cold Chocolate milk after a long run and will have Muscle Man poised at the Eugene Finish with my Chocolate Milk!!
Thank you Amanda!! You will be AMAZING in your first Marathon...text me when you are done, I will be tracking you. Check out her post HERE..
All Smiles after 16 and 8 miles :)
***No Test Lab Tuesday. Look for a Test Lab Tuesday Giveaway next week :)