Last week between running and mountain hiking I tackled over 60 miles.
At the top of Mt. Verstovia with some #runsitka friends.
This included a 21 mile long run
I may have borrowed this photo from Susea who completed her 1st ever 20-miler. Woot!
My body is tired. That's okay, it should be. My mind is focused though. On Sunday (the day after my long run) my friend Amanda convinced me to go for a shakeout run. I was thankful for her encouragement. I jumped in and ran 2.6 miles with her. The legs felt surprisingly decent. I was half expecting to start running and then face plant a few strides in. It was nice to run, chat, and catch up with Amanda. I can hardly believe we'll be heading to Kansas City together in about 14 weeks to run a marathon. EEK!
Yesterday I was downright exhausted. I have had a lot of house guests this summer and I think all the running and all the guests finally caught up to me. I will NOT do that to myself next summer. It has been fun but I realize now that it's hard on me and Joe to have to share our space for extended periods of time. I am happy we'll have the house to ourselves for three whole weeks. We should be well-rested for our final summer visitors. So yesterday..... I slept. I slept a lot.
When I finally awoke from my slumber I complained of having no motivation to workout. I was a bit taken aback when Joe appeared downstairs in workout clothes and asked me to run with him. He is not a fan of running and it meant a lot to me. So off we ran together. I needed to run 5 miles and I ran just 3.....but at least I ran.
Today I'm hoping to knock out 7-8 miles between running solo and the #runsitka group run. I am less than 4 weeks out from marathon day and I need to hunker down and get 'er done. I am also trying to be mindful though that I am running the Alpine Adventure Run on Saturday. It's a treacherous 7 mile mountain run that will take me at least 2 hours to complete. Last year I ran it on fresh legs. This year I'll be running it on very tired legs. So we'll see what happens. I'm sure I'll be moving more slowly since it's not my goal race.
My plan this week is to complete the rest of my scheduled workouts. To run the race and maybe do a few chill miles after. To mentally begin prepping for my 26.2 mile run. To begin to feel out what pace I should realistically shoot for on race day. The route is a two looper. I hope to not have flashbacks to the Hyannis Marathon. The goal is to FINISH but I don't want to start out too fast on accident....so I need to find a pace to stick with. I also need to figure out how I will be a good tour guide to my friends while still resting my legs for the marathon that weekend. Hmmm....
It's been awhile since I ran a marathon....can I still do it? Will I be able to complete it? I sure hope so. No matter how much I run, I still respect the distance. A lot can happen in 26.2 miles and I hope I'm ready for it.