I wanted to talk about my last long run before race day. About 2 weekends now (I know, I am such a bad blogger, move on!) I went on my long training run…10 miles.
It had hailed the day before, then rained all night with violent winds. My neighbor was supposed to run the Gazelle Girl’s Half Marathon that day, so of course I was up all night listening to the rain and worrying that her race would be cancelled. It wasn’t thankfully, and she managed to PR, go Sara!
I woke up early because I had to catch a plan at 2pm for Rochester that day. So, I put on all my long run gear…running clothes, special socks, headband, garmin watch, MP3 with headphones, running hydration belt, gu energy gels, running belt underneath the hydration belt so I can carry my phone and pepper spray…and I was off. I usually feel like I am heading into battle on my long runs on account of all the crap I have to wear to make sure I don’t die!
Usually I go to the White Pine Trail which is a great paved running trail that goes for hundreds of miles across the state. But, in the interest of time, I decided that I would go around my house. I found a good route that took me up and down rolling hills (ok a little more than just rolling) and I even found a little lakeside community. The weather was fantastic. It was still a little damp from the rain, but no flooding so that was great. It was 50 degrees, overcast with a very gentle breeze. The perfect weather if you ask me. I was sad to see that about 2 miles away from my house, all the houses had no power so the lucky ones that had generators were scrambling to get theirs out.
I ended up doing a great 10 mile run, complete with the biggest hills I have ever seen, and that is saying something. The pictures just don’t do it justice. I am totally going back there to do my interval hill training in the future!
After this race in tomorrow (Woohoo!!), I think I will do a few 5K or 10K races over the summer and then another half marathon in the fall. I think I will keep up the long run though. I never thought I would say this, but I really enjoyed it. I didn’t care what my time was, I just ran until my watch beeped that I was done. It was pretty nice!
Today, since I am still resting before the race (tomorrow, Woohoo!) I think Harley and I will go to the park for a nice walk with my “fancy camera” that I haven’t had out since last year. It’s been a cold cold winter, so it will be nice to get out and enjoy the weather.