Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Details of a 40 mile weekend
This past weekend was an amazing opportunity to run - and run for myself. On Friday, I started leading a new couch to 5K class for mothers. In between that session, raindrops, sunshine and hail - I ended up running four times. I found it to be a really productive day at home, with my business and pounding out miles on the pavement. I coached one class, ran twice by myself and ran once with my husband before dinner - logging a total of twelve miles on Friday. It was nice to get a few projects in here and there and then follow the tasks up with a few miles. I didn't feel like I was devoting two hours to running, but I surely had.
Saturday, hubby and I headed out for a sunny eight miler in the morning. The sun felt warm and it felt great to sweat again. I did start to over heat, as I over dressed. I even filled back up on water before we headed home. It was a great way to start our day. We followed it up with a trip to Wisconsin Dells for people watching, shopping, mini golf and treating ourselves to dinner.
Sunday, we slept in (kid-free weekend), enjoyed coffee hour at home and then headed out for a late-morning run. We were hoping for fifteen miles. The first half felt pretty good and I felt in the groove of things. At mile twelve, we were headed home for the last three miles and the wind was horrendous. I don't know if I have run in such miserable wind before. I ran ahead and then came back to my husband several times, before he admitted that he had just had enough. I told him I was going to refuel at home and then head back out. That's exactly what I did. Thank goodness the wind was better during my last five miles. I wanted to conquer the twenty mile distance because I was still feeling pretty good. I put on my "easy listening" play list, so that I could just enjoy the next 50+ minutes (as much as one can!) and set a nice, slow pace.
I ended up back at home after a total of 3:28:50 and twenty more miles to my belt.
This may have been my highest mileage ever in one weekend. I did a good amount of stretching afterwards and hubby and I enjoyed a nice evening walk around our neighborhood, to keep our legs moving. I always crave citrus at the end of my long runs. So, I enjoyed fresh pineapple and some tasty oranges when I returned home. I followed that up with a vanilla protein shake with a filling banana for extra froth.
I thought I would be sore come Monday morning, but legs felt great. I even got out with Little Dude for 1.5 miles on Monday evening.