Running the Weekend
People who have run marathons have told me that there comes a point where it feels like your life has started to revolve around the race and running. I don’t think I’m there *yet,* but I can see that point quickly approaching. I make decisions about weekend activities, bedtime—heck, even meals—with running in mind, these days. It does feel like it’s starting to take over a big chunk of my life (and blog, ahem), but usually in a good way.
And so, I guess it should come as no surprise that I spent a lot of this weekend…well, running.
On Saturday morning, we were up bright and early:
to head up to Monte Sano (a mountain with trails and hiking about 15 minutes from our house) for the Monte Sano 15k.
In true Murphy’s Law fashion, Lila actually slept IN on Saturday and had to be woken up to head out for the race. The race started at 8, so Ryan and Lila dropped me off around 7:45, and a quick fifteen minutes later, we were off! It was a nice crowd—a little over 400 people, I think. Not huge, but also not tiny.
I was a little nervous about the race. I’d heard that it had long, rolling hills all the way through…and it definitely did. The hills weren’t too bad though, and the race was really pretty and scenic. Even without headphones or a running partner, the race went by pretty quickly. One hour and twenty-five minutes later, I was excited to see a cheering crowd of two (three if you include cookie monster…), waiting for me at the end of the finish line:
So sweet! I can’t say enough about how supportive Ryan has been during this marathon training (and we’re really only still at the beginning, ha!).
My original intention was to run the race slowly and then tack on an extra 6 miles to make it my long training run for the weekend, but alas, I got caught up in the spirit of the event and ran much faster than I would have for a normal long run. I was pleased with my splits by the end:
mile one: 10:31
mile two: 9:01
mile three: 8:48
mile four: 9:09
mile five: 8:29
mile six: 9:09
mile seven: 8:42
mile eight: 9:10
mile nine: 8:30
…plus some change at the end. Not bad at all for such a hilly route. Still, I was wiped. I made the decision to just head home and save my official long run for the next morning, hoping that I wouldn’t be SUPER sore from the race.
This morning, I woke up ready to tackle my long run. Ryan told me yesterday that it seemed like I needed to get a GOOD long run under my belt after a few off weekends, and he was right. My run this morning was tough, but it also left me feeling good about the training (and races) to come—I ran it slow (hovering around a 10:30 pace) and smart (LOTS of small sips of water throughout, plus fuel in the form of sports jelly beans). By the end of it, I was tired and taking walking breaks, but I also felt pretty strong and good overall.
Fifteen miles, 2:36:37. I’ll take it!
Someone was interested in helping me with a little foam rolling when I got home:
Mama, can you feel that extra weight in your thighs? I hope so!
And now…we’re resting up and enjoying a beautiful day of weather. I’m ready for that rest day tomorrow—my legs are pretty sore! Gotta get some work done before school starts up again tomorrow…the weekend definitely felt too short!
Hope you had a great weekend too!