I seem to get sucked in to these races that I’ve been a part of for years even when I’m not supposed to be racing! This past weekend I was scheduled for 8 miles as part of my condensed marathon training plan, but ended up racing in Sayville Running Company’s Race to Cure Cystic Fibrosis 4 miler on Saturday.
The race was pretty awesome, and I’m glad I ran it–just one short year ago I was at this race on my daughter’s due date watching my husband race it!
Can you believe it?? What a difference a year makes…and that’s part of the reason why I end up doing these races. Not because I necessarily want to race, but so many of them hold special memories.
Anyway, this year’s race went well. I was only slightly sore from my barefoot running escapade at Thursday’s track workout (more to follow this week) and I was able to hold a 7:30 pace for 3 miles. The only reason I broke 30 was because I was in an all out sprint to do it (there is a super ugly finish line picture posted in a closed Facebook Group that I will never release to the public!). It was worth it though! I ended up second in my age group and took home a cute little wine glass after the torrential downpours stopped and they were able to do awards. I have to admit it was kind of fun being crammed under a gazebo with all my favorite runner friends, drinking mimosas waiting for the storm to pass!
So the very next day I set out for a 10 mile run–my longest run in a long time–in what felt like some of the hottest weather we’ve had in a while. I ran downhill 1.8 miles to meet my running group. We ran our 6.2 mile Selden Hills course and then I ran uphill 1.8 miles home. I wish it were as easy as it just sounded, but the heat was oppressive and there were times where I felt like I wasn’t even moving.
As difficult as this run was, there were three things that kept me going:
1. I’m getting in some awesome training right now
2. Just take it one hill at a time
3. At least I’m not the Iron Cowboy
I’m definitely looking forward to some recovery early this week, but I’m very happy with where my marathon training is!
Is it oppressively hot where you are too?
How was your weekend?? I really want to know!
Linking up with Running N Reading for the Weekend Update!