Wow! It's been a while since I've posted. The weather was so beautiful here the last 2 weeks. We've been spending most evenings outside that I haven't really had a chance to blog. Unfortunately the temperature has gotten cooler today- mid 40's which is more seasonal and not too bad temperature-wise but it's very windy. I'm glad today is a rest day, it's a good day to stay inside.
After my 20 miler two weeks ago, my muscles didn't feel too bad. I had very little soreness but I was exhausted all week. I'm attributing it to a certain time of the month combined with that long hilly run. It was a cutback week and I was able to run a few evenings outside with Mia in the stroller, but I cut my mileage way back that week. I'm really glad I did because on St. Patrick's Day I had a race- The Runnin' of the Green 4 miler in Green Island. I'd been looking forward to this race for a while because many of my running friends were running plus it was a good chance to test my speed. My husband had to travel that weekend so I ended up having to run with Mia. We got all decked out in our St. Patrick's Day green gear and met up with the ladies at the race. Mia was fine a little quiet but fine...until right before the race started. She started crying. I thought maybe the crowd scared her a bit, but we've done so many races I couldn't understand why it would bother her this time. I checked to make sure she had her snack, binky, and anything else that's normally the source of tears. I figured she was tired and would fall asleep once we started running. She's never really cried for more than a half mile. She cried THE WHOLE RACE. It was great fun, but on the plus side I ran really fast to get it over with. My chip time was 34:10! Not too bad considering I was pushing a stroller and stopped twice to try to calm her down. All of my friends had great times too. Aside from the crying which stopped right after the race it was a really fun morning.
This past Sunday, I met up with the ladies for a long run. It was big group of this week and I got to meet some new friends that I had only met through our online group. Tami, Karen and I were doing 16 and the rest were doing 8. The plan was 1 loop for them, 2 for us. Everyone was running at different speeds and we kept getting separated. This made for quite the adventure. I was chatting away with a new friend, Sheila, and her and I got ahead of the rest and missed a turn. We ended up adding 2 miles to the first loop. When we finally got back to the cars Karen and Tami were waiting for us. It was pretty funny. Poor Sheila only had 8 on the schedule but got 2 bonus miles. She's a really strong runner and I hope she will join us again. After that, Karen, Tami and I set out for the rest of the run. I think I took the first 10 miles a little too fast because the hills Tami took us on on the second loop were killing me. Finally we hit a downhill stretch and I felt better. I ended up with 16.66 miles total at a 9:42 pace which is faster than my plan called for. I felt pretty good after too. I actually felt guilty because Tami and Karen had two more miles to do and I felt like I should have kept running with me. Who am I?!!!
This weekend I have a 20 miler scheduled and I'm really excited about it. After that it's a cut back week and then another 20 miler the following. The marathon is so close!!!! I can't wait!