42 - the number of miles I ran last week. Although it isn't super crazy, it is definitely the most mileage I've done in a while. I just might be training for something. In fact, Heather and I just might be training for something together... again. We haven't made anything official yet, but there could be a pretty big race looming ahead for us.
22 - the number of miles Heather and I ran on Saturday. Outside of my 3 marathons, that was only the second time I've run that far. Without a doubt, it was the hardest 22 miles I've ever done. I really, really, (as in if Heather hadn't been there and said, "what are we going to do to get our final 6?") really wanted to quit after 16. I've never cut a training run short just because I didn't feel like doing more. Thank goodness Heather was there. It was a terribly awful run that left me feeling defeated and questioning my ability to continue in the direction of that race and at the same time left me feeling incredibly wonderful that we accomplished what we did and with a desire to try again. It was also a lot of fun. We stopped a lot to check the map. We took the wrong routes several times, once leading us to a nice swing:
We also managed to make it to the summit. Just so you can get an idea, here's the elevation profile:
Yeah, that bigger mountain was at mile 14 of our run... it will be at mile 27 or so of the race. Why yes, that is almost 1,000 straight up. Needless to say we walked
a lot all of it, and not at a nice brisk hiking pace... it was more of a I don't think I'm making much progress shuffle. The view, however was very rewarding.
|Look, our tiny little mountains got some snow!|
32 - the number in years I turned yesterday. I celebrated by rolling out of bed then crawling up the stairs because I was that sore. Then we went to church where a surprising amount of people knew it was my birthday (probably because it was printed on the back of the bulletin) and was even serenaded after Sunday School by an older, somewhat goofy, but super nice man. After church, I had another church meeting but when I got home Dan had the kids all fed, 2 of them napping and a nice warm lunch waiting for me. I only changed 1 diaper all day long, got an incredible massage that did wonders on my poor tired legs and finished the day off with angel food cake, strawberries and whipped cream.
|Yes, I had more than one serving.|