Longer Run, Pumpkin Festivities
Hi All! Sorry for the lack of blogging these days—things have been downright crazy at work. In addition to teaching my normal classes, I’ve been in charge of a high school poetry competition this semester, and the workshop (one of the major events for the competition) was on Friday. Glad to have it over and done with—and it went well!
Yay, Poetry Out Loud!
Running has been going well. After my half-marathon last weekend, I went on some easier runs last week during the week…I took it pretty easy, because I had a daunting distance ahead of me for the weekend: 18 miles. I woke up on Sunday a little nervous, but ready to tackle the mileage. The Hal Higdon book I’m using as a guide for the training really stresses how important the long runs (18 miles plus) are for the runner—both physically, but also mentally. The physical benefits are obvious—these runs prep your body for the (insane) marathon distance, come race day. Mentally, those runs serve as confirmation that you CAN run the marathon—they’re a real confidence builder—if they go well, that is, ha!
Luckily, this run:
…went well! My splits were all around 10 minutes or 10:30, which is exactly where I wanted to be. I only stopped to walk a few times, towards the end. The only bad part of this run was an unforeseen bathroom break that I had to take back at the house around mile seven. Take it from me, folks—don’t eat a dinner of roasted veggies and quinoa the night before a long run. Fiber isn’t always your friend.
Sorry. Now you know.
Other than that, this was a great long run. I’m sore today, but not too sore. Another thing my Hal Higdon book stressed was that you should finish your long runs feeling tired, but not exhausted—feeling like if you had to, you could still run a little bit more. That’s basically exactly how I felt when I finished up this run.
In other news, Lila is still adorable (most of the time). We took her to the pumpkin farm this past week:
It’s the same farm we took her to last year:
…but things were a little different this year.
How did she go from this roly-poly baby to a walking, talking toddler in just a year? Will wonders never cease?
Okay…gotta go teach. Gah! Glad to check in to the ol’ bloggie, if only for a bit!
Hope you’re having a great week!