|Pic by Brandi Nicole|
Training is still going well. Last week it was #TeamMoHills on Monday, Bourbon Street Running Club followed by #LFBootcamp on Tuesday, and a basic 3 mile run around my neighborhood Wednesday morning. Thursday was a rest day, as I slept in that morning and hit the road as soon as I got off work. I didn't make it quite halfway to my parents' house before driving in the dark and rain got to be too much so I stopped for the night.
The main reason for this trip was a reunion with some friends from The Cullowhee Experience, a summer camp we attended as teens. As with most reunions, not everyone could make it, but it was so great to see those who did. We all connected just like when we were younger, and it didn't seem at all like we'd spent years apart.
|Pic by David Foster|
Later we went out and walked around downtown Greer, attending Oktoberfest, and I wasn't sore or tired at all. I hope that means all this training and conditioning is paying off. Some days recently I've felt like my energy level is falling off some, and I also seem to be losing weight, which I'm not trying to do. I'm trying to up my calorie intake just a bit so I have enough fuel and energy for everything. Just a few more weeks to go.
|Paxton Holler at night|
Monday morning I did my own hill workout on our parents' driveway, and then packed up and drove back home.
Total miles for the week: 37.77
This week has been a little bit lower in mileage, but I'm still getting the work in. Tuesday I had to miss Bourbon Street Running Club due to a leadership team meeting at church, but I had a good workout at #LFBootcamp. Wednesday I decided to take Theresa's ReFit class instead of running. Good cardio and strength moves, great music, and a wonderful friend made this workout just what I needed. Thursday I ran 3 miles with the Flat12 run club, and Friday I took a rest day.
Saturday the #FBG and I ran the Great Pumpkin Run. This is the third year we've done this race, but it moved to a new location this year. We dressed as roller derby girls, and I added the Tough Pumpkin option to my race entry. That meant that I had to carry a pumpkin the entire race - no slings, bags, or backpacks to help - and if I made it to the finish with the pumpkin intact, I got an extra medal. That pumpkin was only 4 pounds, but by the end of the race it felt a lot heavier. This is a trail run with a few small hills but very challenging terrain as a lot of it runs through recently harvested cornfields. The very end of the race ran through a corn maze with lots of twists and turns. There were signs marking the way, but it was still a little disorienting and really cool. We all agreed we really liked that finish.
Today I did my 14 mile long run in the evening, since Vegas is an evening race. I wanted to practice fueling and resting for a long night run. I started my run at 5pm, ran 3.5 miles out from my house and then back to hit 7. I came in for a pit stop, water bottle refill, and to check on my supper. A crock pot full of delicious homemade potato soup - with potatoes from my parents' garden to make it even better. I also grabbed a flashlight and headed back out to go the final 7, running in a different direction this time. Once it's dark I stick to roads with sidewalks. After I was 1.5 miles in, I almost turned around and went home. I was not feeling it, but I stuck it out anyway. That last 5 miles was a total grind. I'm cold and sore, but I learned something useful. The temp was in the mid 70s when I started, and that was all I looked at when deciding what to wear. It cooled off quickly once the sun went down, though, and was in the mid 50s by the time I got home. I was really chilled, and I'm sure that contributed to me feeling so sore. Next time, I check the weather for my estimated finish time as well, and take that into consideration.
Total miles for the week: 30.6
Total training miles to date: 337.05
Up next: Indy Runners Run The Monon, not a race but a group long run which lines up perfectly with the 20 mile long run on my training plan.