Due to the LL Bean 10K taking place this Wedensday and a scheduled 15 miler long run for the weekend, I had a conflict of interest going on. I need to stay on track with marathon training (especially since I kind of threw the plan out last week prepping for the half marathon) yet I ant to do well on Wednesday.
Some people can bounce back from a long run and perform well, but not me. Part of me wanted to keep my long run on Sunday just so I could have a running buddy or two, but a bigger part of me was positive that my body wouldn't be recovered for the 10k.
It was a very humid but cool 58F when I set out this morning. It was absolutely perfect running weather. I chose to go to my fave route - the rail trail - because it's paved, I know the route like the back of my hand, and I knew I'd see some familiar faces to at least break up the run and I could at least say hi. I know the rail trail is only 13 miles and I was doing 15, so I settled for adding on a little out and back on the trail at the end. Boring - yes, but safe and predictable.
This pic if from about mile 9. I had gotten a text from Stacy (about beach plans - SUPER important, which meant I HAD to stop) - which meant perfect time for a water/fuel break. Just after this picture, the clouds broke loose and I had a nice, cool rain for the remaining 6 miles. The rain was quite welcome and felt glorious.
I finished this run and I'm quite impressed with myself. It wasn't my favorite run but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
Of course, after the short little rain session, the sky brightened up and we had a perfect beach day waiting for us. It's really a tough life to have to recover by the water with incredible friends while the kids play in the water.
|this little girl was 100% wiped out after tons of fun|
|and this one didn't want to leave, of course!|