I headed out at 5 am for 5 miles with Bahama Mama (she's back, yeah!!!) and then met Bogart and Adriana for another 15. Someone (might have been me) planned an insanely hilly route for the 15. Someone (probably me) was sucking wind the entire time. I swear we never went downhill, only up. Oooh, but it felt great! (well mostly) I had so many unsuccessful long runs before NYC. But not this time! Strength training, cross training, kinesio tape and a whole different kind of training program left me stronger and uninjured. I managed 20 miles in just under 4 hours. I'm proud and pleased!
Look at this face! Is she ready for 26.2 or what???
I foam rolled myselft into jello, slipped on my Zensah leg hugs and headed out for some shopping. I had decided to reward myself with some Sperrys. OMG why didn't I get these before? They are soooo comfy!
As I set my alarm for Sunday morning I came to a realization. I get up way to early each and every day. No wonder I'm always tired! I'm really going to work on getting in extra sleep over the next 3 weeks.
My alarm was set for soooo early today because Lucy, Melanie and I volunteered at the Big D Marathon. We worked the hot chocolate/coffee table and were we a hoot! We had almost no instruction and even fewer supplies. Napkins? Nope. More water to make coffee? You're on your own kid. The coffee maker held 100 cups of water and the instructions read that it takes 1 min per cup to heat. Uh, 100 minutes! Each time we had to make more we had to turn frosty runners away until the pot turned from lukewarm water to coffee. Yikes! It was great to be out there and to give back just a little of what we've been so fortunate to enjoy at many races before. I'm def doing this again! Here's Lucy preparing to rinse out the giant metal coffee fitler in the bathroom. Oh yeah, she had to take off her shirt to hold on to the hot metal. Ha!
One of the best parts was getting to watch the award ceremonies. This is a pretty small race, with a 5k, a half and a full marathon. One woman was so excited to win her age group (with a time of 42 minutes) she ran up clapping and jumping. So cute! She accepted her trophy, turned around and said, "I'm 61!" Love it! What a blessing to get to witness that joy in her life!
I'm ready for this week. Taper officially begins! My medium run is only 8 miles and my long run only 12. Woo to the hoo! I looove me some taper. Bring it on Pig!