Monday: 14 miles
I ran 6 miles while the baby napped in the morning (Faith was at school) and then ran 4 more miles outside with the single stroller. After a quick lunch, I picked up Faith from school in my stinky running gear, and when we got home I put them both down for a nap and ran 4 more miles. Basically, by 3:30pm I had accomplished nothing but running and no one else had done the dishes or the laundry.
Tuesday: 10 miles
Faith has school for only 2 hours on Tuesdays/Thursdays, so I ran 6 in the morning and then 4 more during joint afternoon nap time. My legs felt pretty good and I thought about going further, but I ran out of time. I guess I need to be faster.
|I know right?|
Wednesday: 13.1 miles
It was cold and raining and I was not thrilled about running, but I can't waste a day when Faith is at school for 5 hours. I was chilly and miserable during the portion outside, but the baby was warm and cozy behind the weather shield. I thought I could do another 14 like I did on Monday, but I ran out of fucks to give at 13.
Thursday: 3 miles
This was my "rest" day. After the first three days of the week, it felt pretty restful.
Friday: 7.5 trail miles
This was my husband's Friday off work, so I got to take the dog to a nearby park and run the 7.5 mile loop around the lake. There was a heavy frost on the ground and the sun was rising, which sounds super pretty, but I couldn't see shit with that sun in my face. Even though I've run that loop countless times, I managed to go off trail and I didn't even notice for a while....until I hit the water. I forgot my Garmin at home so we'll never know if I actually ran further than the posted loop distance.
Saturday: 10.5 miles
I got up early to run with friends and it was cold, like "I can't feel my face" cold. I forgot how cold 29 degrees can feel! Peanut came for this run too, so that brought her to 26 miles for the week. Slowly but surely she's getting back in distance shape now that it's cold enough for her.
|I'm always in shape. Round is a shape.|
Sunday: 26.2 trail miles
I knew I needed to do a long trail run and thankfully Alyssa wanted to run around the woods with me for over 5 hours.
|Look how much fun we had!|
My legs felt heavy and tired at the start, and I kept waiting for them to warm up and feel good. I think after about 10 miles I finally felt good, but that didn't last past mile 20. That's good practice for an ultra because they always say "If you feel good in an ultra, don't worry it will pass".
It was a beautiful day for a run and even the creepy forest shrine was decked out for the season.
|Of course I had to touch it.|
By mile 20, all I could think about was how nice it was going to be when we were done. Alyssa was super perky and cheerful and thought I was joking when I said "Hey, we can cut through this field and get back to our cars faster!" and she made me keep going.
She even made me run an extra lap around the parking lot so her Garmin would say exactly 26.2, which is silly since our Garmins are always short when we run at that park....unless the loops are actually a different distance every time.
All these days of running brought my weekly total to 84.3 miles, which is a new record for me. I'm looking forward to scaling it back this week and recovering from what I've done to myself in peak week. It's amazing how painful it can be to add 20 extra miles to your normal week! My legs were so done after today's long run, that I passed on stopping at Wawa just because I didn't want to have to unbend my body from the car and creakily limp over to the slushee machine. During the run, I thought "Oh, I can just run into Wawa on my way home and grab a Coke Slurpee!" Wrong.
True or False: my winter hat looks like a pink condom. Your responses will dictate if I need to shop for a new one before my race. I'm leaning toward "yes". Even if you didn't see it before, I bet you see it now.