Weekend of running and biking


View from the run
Saturday: The start of my early morning stretch and the last 20+ mile run before the taper begins. Matt and I were helping pace groups for a 20 Mile training run hosted by the gym I work for. It was the perfect morning to run and a great course to be running, 20 Mile out and back following the final 10 Miles of TCM.

I agreed to pace a 9:00 mile forcing myself to take it easy on my final long run. As someone who is notorious for going out too fast I was not sure how this would go, but it was great! The run started a little messy and groups were spread all over so I ran with just a small group, allowing me to meet some great runners. I am always amazed how you can carry on a 3 hour conversation with someone you just met while running. I managed to stay pretty close averaging 8:50 miles. I headed back for an extra 2.5 miles and was happy to see I had enough left to push the hills at a 8:15 pace! Best part, I felt great, best run in a few weeks.

Sunday: We had a big group biking a 36 Mile ride. Another early morning full of activity. Matt had the job of pulling O in the Burley adding to his sore legs, who knew biking was so tough after running 22.5 miles (kidding)! We managed and had fun. Luckily the course had 4 water/snack stops that we took full advantage of, I think that was O's favorite part! The worst part, other then tired legs, was the post-long run hunger that was compounded by a second day of burning lots of calories. All I know is Monday will be interesting, better pack plenty of snacks.

Somehow I got home tired and ready to crash right along with O, but instead had this strong urge to run. Since I needed to make a quick trip to the store, this is exactly what I did. Another 4 Miles on my legs felt great, where has this energy and freshness been the past few weeks? I just hope it continues.

After this I am taking Monday (with it's 10 hour work day) easy. An easy upper body strength training workout and plenty of food. Bring on the taper! 

How was your weekend? 

Comments

  1. Yay! Taper time :-). I hit mine net week. Enjoy, and enjoy your new-found energy!

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    1. Almost there Kate! Good luck with your last big long run :)

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  2. Wow, so glad you're feeling so good and full of energy! That's an awesome run. Enjoy the taper!

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    1. Thanks, this was exactly what I needed to feel better about my training. It is amazing what 1 run can do :)

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  3. Nice run! Enjoy your "easy" day today!

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    1. Thanks, I love how easy can be used to describe someone else's tough days when you are a runner :)

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