Good afternoon – I hope you all had a great weekend! Last week was a little hectic but things have calmed down since. On Saturday, I had my first 20 mile run of this training program and boy did it kick my butt!
We ran at Chestnut Ridge Park once again which is about a 45 minute drive my house. Our group run starts at 7:30 so I was up at 6:30 and out the door by 6:45. When I arrived, I noticed that the maps were for 16 mile runs and 18 mile runs so I asked our group leader for some tips on extending the distance and got a little confused. Luckily, these 2 very nice women in our group offered me a copy of a 20 mile route they had saved from previous training programs…so nice of them!
After a quick warm up, we were on our way. Michelle wanted to tackle the 16 mile distance while Ashley and I were going to attempt the 20 but the routes split off at about mile 8. Ashley went with Michelle and they completed 16 but I split off and ran with the ladies who gave me the 20 mile route. They were so nice to let me jump in with them and I had a great time talking and getting to know them better. There is nothing that brings people together quite like tackling ridiculous mileage in an incredibly hilly location.
I have never run more than 12 miles at this location so I was new to the monster hill that came around mile 12. My new running buddies told me that they had never ran the whole thing and usually need to stop about halfway but this time we did the whole thing in one shot! We were proud of ourselves for making it to the top. We then tried to convince ourselves that the rest of the run was downhill or flat (yeah, totally lying to ourselves).
By the time we reached mile 20, we were still about a mile from our ending location so we ran a bit extra before calling it quits and walking the rest of the way in. It was a great cool down and kept my legs from tightening up. I stretched, changed my clothes and headed for coffee (a must-have after long runs).
After I got home, I ate and took a hot shower before I relaxed for a bit. That evening I was going out in downtown Buffalo to celebrate my brother’s engagement!!! I could not be happier for him and his wife-to-be and know they will have a life filled with love and happiness.
Sunday morning started with a great breakfast then it was home for some shopping with mom. She is going to be working in the library this year at school so she found a few new items that will dress her wardrobe up a bit. After that I took a little cat nap then went off to coach tryouts. We had a total of 23 girls try out for the team this year which is nearly double the amount that came out last year! Unfortunately, now we have to decide who is on the team and who will be practice players.
This week is will be a 38 mile week which is a little down from last week
Monday: 6 mile workout (800m repeats)
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 8 miles
Thursday: 5 miles
Friday: Off Day
Saturday: 15 miles
I hope you all have a great week!