Saturday was a busy day. I knew it would be a busy day, so I cleaned my bathrooms Friday evening after I got home from work and before I took my son to the football game to watch my daughter march.
|This is EXACTLY how I look when I clean the house before the football game. . . in the 1950s.|
|Actually, this is EXACTLY how I look when. . .AHAHAHAH! I can't even write it! No. Just. No.|
I woke up early on Saturday to pouring rain. This was the morning of my 20 miler for the Akron Marathon. Great. I almost went back to sleep (something I am rarely tempted to do), but I got up and made breakfast. The rain let up a bit, so I kept going with my pre-run routine (coffee, bathroom, etc.).
I was a bit nervous about running the Blue Line for 20 miles because my Trail Sisters (at least those who are willing to run roads with me) were in Hell. . .Michigan, that is, for the Woodstock Race Series. I didn't go because I didn't want to miss Vertical Runner's Blue Line Training Run (or my 30th year high school reunion). Anyway, I didn't officially have someone with whom to run. I tested out a few people:
Me to Jennifer: What's your pace today?
Jennifer: I plan to run the 20 in a 12 mile pace.
Me: Yeah, bye.
Me to Cassie and Beth: So, are you doing the 20 miler or the 12?
Cassie: Well. . .we're not really. . .
Me: Yeah, bye.
No worries. I ran with my friend Deb for a while, and then I decided to run alone, but there was always someone I knew or someone with whom I could chat along the way, so I wasn't LONELY.
I went really slowly, and I told myself that the only goal was to get this done without killing myself. I stopped at all the aid stations, run by wonderful volunteers who braved the yucky rain--THANK YOU!
In the last 3 miles, I saw Tamra, my running partner from Burning River, and we ran together until the end, which was very nice.
In the past, I have felt very defeated after the Blue Line Practice Run, but today I felt. . .fine. Not great, not terrible. I think this is a good sign; I've respected the training, and my expectations are realistic.
|I even mustered up a smile!|
Ok, so I have about a week and a half to go before the Akron Marathon, and the tapering hasn't been too terrible. I've cut down my mileage by about a third last week, and this week will probably be the same.
Last Sunday I ran the Race with Grace 5k, and that review will be my next post. Until then, Run Happy, Peeps!
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