This is going to be a slightly different Manic Monday–since my vacation recap post covered everything through last Wednesday, I’ll start with Thursday and go through the weekend. Things should be back to normal next week 🙂
Thursday (Scheduled 3 mile run)
I was pretty pooped after my long drive on Wednesday, so I did absolutely nothing on Thursday except relax. It was great.
Friday (Scheduled rest day)
We had a big celebration at work in honor of being voted one of the best places to work in the State of Vermont–first we did a chocolate bar making class at the South End Kitchen. Can you say delicious? My friend Emily taught the class, so it was really nice to see her as an added bonus. Then, the rest of the day was a luau back at the office, with beer pong, cornhole, and lots of food. I tried to be good, and honestly, I didn’t eat as much as I could have, so I call that a win. I thank my #Chewsday partners Kim and Princess Lisa for supporting me through what could have been a nutritional disaster.
Saturday (Scheduled 10 mile run)
I’m gonna talk a bit more about this later in the post, but for now, I’ll just say, I DID IT! This was my first ever double digit run, and the longest training run I’ll get before my half in 2 weeks. Thank jeebus.
Then we went to our friends’ wedding up in the Northeast Kingdom. It was a blast. Too much food, and too much booze were consumed. I will pretty much consider this a cheat weekend of epic proportions. Time to dial it back and get back on track with the #Chewsday Challenge.
Sunday (Scheduled rest day)
We sort of continued the excess train on Sunday–I had several beers and didn’t eat all that well, but it could have been worse. At least we did our meal planning and went grocery shopping, so I’m ready with healthy meals and snacks for the week. I also did a short upper body circuit after dinner because I was feeling gross.
So, back to the long run. I can’t lie, 10 miles was really, really challenging. I would like to blame it on being overtired, or dehydrated, or the fact that it was relatively warm and humid, but I’m not sure I can. I had to take a couple of walk breaks, especially while eating my Gu’s. The route I take for my long runs has a couple of long, gradual hills that are really punishing, mentally and physically, and one of them is at mile 7-8, so by that point I was exhausted and just ready to be done. Thankfully, after that point, the finish was all flat or downhill, so I was able to finish strong.
They say that if you can hit 10 miles during training, adrenaline will carry you the final 3.1 in a race. I really hope that’s true, because it took everything I had to make it to 10 miles on Saturday. I had to run by my house to get that last tenth of a mile, and I was ready to scream or cry or both.
Honestly, though, I think the fact that it was so hard, but I did it anyway, is a good thing. I know what it feels like to want nothing more in the world than to give up, to just stop running, but to keep going anyway. I even started running again after taking walk breaks, which are usually deadly for me–once I stop running, I don’t usually start again. So I guess I’m ready? I’m doing a mini taper, so I’ll continue my 3 mile short runs during the week, and my long run on Saturday will only be 6 or 7 miles. Then two short runs the following week, and then it’s show time. Holy crap.
Did you have a nice weekend?
Have you been to a wedding recently?