On Saturday, I did my last long run for my marathon training plan. I had debated all weekend about how far I was going to make it and was still undecided when I stepped out the door. It was pouring. I started out for the first 8 miles of my figure 8 loop and came close to calling it a day when I cruised back by my house but decided to persevere a little longer as 8 miles would hardly count as a long run. I contemplated turning again at the first bridge to make it 12 miles but continued on to the next bridge which would have been 16 miles had I turned (oooh, just got my first text Emz is at 47:09 at the 10K... 7:35 pace, speedy girl! followed by my second Small Town Runner right behind her in 47:24, it's a race!) but I decided that I was already out there, super soaked and I may as well commit myself to the whole 20. After I made that commitment my run was a lot better, I was more focused and just ran. When looking back at my splits (I love, love, love my new Garmin-thanks again Grammy!!) my fastest miles were 16, 17 and 18. I am really glad that I did the whole 20. It was all but 6 miles of the marathon course and I averaged 8:49 pace for a time of 2:56:37 which bests my previous 20 mile pr of 3:04! (Oooh, just got my third text, Tall Mom past the 10K 51:56 for 8:21 pace, awesome!!) I feel like I'm going to be ready on May 1st to run my best race possible. (There goes Aron at the 10K in 53:13, so cool!)
After my run, I took a nice ice bath then a loooooong, hot, hot shower to warm up. Then it was back out in the rain for Super Soccer Saturday (we are now officially in the throes of 2nd and Kindergarten spring soccer) aka Mud Fest 2011. (Whooo hoooo, SUAR just crossed the 10K in 55:20, amazing!) It was soooooo muddy. Emme had a great time playing and the rest of us had a great time standing in the rain and wallowing in the mud to watch her. I don't think I can do it justice in words, so here are some pics from the day:
Later in the day, Dan and Calvin headed back out to the mess for Calvin's game. Since the rest of us were out of dry and mud free clothes to wear, we opted to remain behind and make pineapple upside down cake. Mmmmm. Turns out this was a good thing as the field Calvin went to was twice as muddy a Emme's.
|Seriously, who picks white shirts?!|
Well, I've taken long enough on here that Emz just crossed the half mark in 1:40:23, staying right on pace at 7:39. The kids don't have school today and we've got lots to do, so I'd better get going. Hope your week is off to a great start. I'm really excited to maybe sleep in a little later over the next two weeks and run a few less miles... let the taper begin!!