The last seven days have been filled with some major highs and lows. It was hot, it was cold. I ran fast for 13.1, I barely made it through 10 miles. I worked, I ran, I shopped, I ran some more, I shoveled snow, I ran again. The one thing I didn’t do was sleep. Funny how running for hours every day means it’s virtually impossible to get everything else done. In all, I ran 57 miles over 6 days. (And if you follow me on instagram, you’ve seen several of these pictures.)
1. My week started with a jaunt through DC – the RNR USA Half Marathon. While it wasn’t my fastest, or even my favorite half marathon, it was solidly in the top 10. Well organized, great course, and I felt strong the whole time. And I got the best finish line picture EVER!
2. Then it snowed. Again. WTF? We woke up to 8 inches of snow on St. Patrick’s Day. The parade was canceled and Beer Geek got his daily workout by shoveling the sidewalks. (I left those for him ’cause I’m nice like that.) My next few runs were plagued by unshoveled sidewalks and slipper spots. In March?!?
3. Despite missing a few practices due to snow, the show went on and Jones and the Honors Orchestra performed their concert. I have zero musical ability and can’t keep a beat to save my life, so I’m always astounded by my child’s ability.
4. On Thursday, I ran my last double digit run in my training plan. From now until June 1, every time I run more than 9 miles, it will be in a race. It was a long, hard winter of training. It was cold, there was snow, I was juggling too many commitments… This final run gave me one last opportunity to develop my mental toughness. I fell in mile 3. Less than a quarter of a mile later, I tripped and fell again. I had blood dripping off my hand and blood soaking the top of my sock. I decided I was done and started walking home. Somewhere in that mile, I began running again. And I kept running. And running. And I finished the intended 10 miles. Bloody and sore, but done. (Picture intentionally made “sepia” so as not to gross out my readers.)
5. Finally! Time to celebrate! I worked hard this winter. Now I get to run all of the races! Some will be fast, some will be slow, but I plan to enjoy every.single.minute!
Only a few more days to enter my PROCompression Sock giveaway!!! (Another giveway starts next Monday, so stay tuned to see what that is…)