I've skipped a few weeks, so I'm going to give you a mishmash of my running so far.
Two weeks ago I joined the Burning River Goddesses for a night run, organized by Marta. We ran 10 miles on the trails at night because at some point we will be running at night for our legs at Burning River. I am leg 5, so in theory I should finish at dusk, but last year the teams I ran with got way off schedule, so I am prepared to start much later.
|Marta, Jenn, Dawn, and I are ready--headlamps on!|
|Full-length shot because we are full-length badasses!|
|See how excited I am?|
I spent this week in Lake Cumberland, Kentucky, and it was gorgeous but very hot and humid. The first two days I managed to get up early and run around the marinas a little bit.
|Fog coming off lake as the sun rises|
|Sweat coming off face as the sun rises|
I stopped that nonsense by day 3 because it was just too humid, and I was swimming a lot anyway. I hate swimming, but the lake temperature was perfect, and I know it's good to work my body in different ways than just running.
On Saturday I ran 5 miles of trails with my Mother Runners peeps Kristin and Candice. We will be running Burning River leg 5 (16.2 miles) together. Kristin and I knew what we were getting into; she is a Burning River pro and we've run together many times. This was the second time I ran with Candice (she doesn't remember the first time or she is very polite, which is good for me either way), and we all did a great job running in a thunderstorm. Kristin is a doctor. Candice is a counselor. I am a teacher. None of us is smart enough to get out of the woods during a thunderstorm. Go figure.
|This is before we got soaking wet and muddy.|
I'm not going to lie; it wasn't easy today. After mile 11 I allowed myself to walk the first .10 of every mile, but oddly enough my pace was better than it has been in a long time. The average was 10:34, even with the walking. I'm glad that it didn't slow me down too much because I may need to use this strategy during the hills of the Akron Marathon, and I still intend to PR that baby. We shall see.
|This is EXACTLY how I look after running 16 miles in 90% humidity.|
Even in this hot weather, make sure you Run Happy, Peeps!
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