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Wednesday Workout Update

Posted Sep 18 2013 6:00am
I can't believe I'm able to say this again, but I had a great long run on Saturday.  Two weeks in a row, still with the heat and humidity...and a good run?  What's up with that?  I'm not complaining, but it's just odd to not struggle with a long run.  Any case, I'll take it!  My group ran 6 miles, and seriously, I felt great.  In fact when I looked at my mileage splits afterward, my last mile was far and away the fastest...you'd think I'd have been more tired by mile 6 than, say, at mile 3, but nope.  I did take a Salted Caramel-flavored GU at mile 3, so maybe it kicked in?  By the way, I have a new favorite flavor of GU - if you like caramel, then this is the GU for you (I tried to write YU but I just couldn't)(I know I just did but it doesn't count).

We encouraged our runners to wear maroon in support of the big Aggie game - here's a shot of some of the halfers (lots of people headed home right after they finished to get to their tailgate parties):
Six miles and done!  Amy is even holding a stuffed mascot for Texas A&M - it's a collie dog named Reveille.  

While did our 6 miles, the full group was out there doing 15 - three loops of 5 miles.  There was a lot more traffic than usual that morning due to the game - you would not believe how many people came into our town for it.  During their last loop, Julia and Phillip had a very scary incident with a college-age driver who fell asleep at the wheel, drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic, and nearly hit them!  They both jumped out of the way - thankfully, they were alert to their surroundings and realized what was happening in time.  Very, very frightening, and now we are rethinking our routes, especially on game days.  As a runner, you can do everything "right" but still get hurt.  Thankfully, that didn't happen on Saturday, but it was too close for comfort.

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We're in Florida this week, and haven't run at all, although we hope to - maybe tomorrow, if our legs aren't too tired from walking around all day at Harry Potter World today.  One thing that I love about being a runner, though, is that distance doesn't scare me anymore.  For example, there are a bunch of restaurants and shops - all touristy places - close to our hotel.  On Monday, I decided to walk over and check everything out.  I put on my running shoes, and my Garmin, just out of curiosity, and set off.  I roamed around, looked at everything, stopped at Subway to bring a sandwich back to the hotel for lunch, and returned.  The Garmin readout was 1.78 miles.  No big deal...now.  Once upon a time, though?  That distance might as well have been one hundred miles - no way would I have considered walking it.  It's important to me that I take the time to remember where I was just a few years ago, because I have come a long way, both literally and figuratively, and I don't want to forget that, or the hard work I put into getting here.
 
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We'll be missing our 8 mile long run this Saturday; I'm looking at it as an opportunity to give my legs/ankles/feet some extra days to repair and heal, as my muscles and joints are letting me know that I have been putting in some decent miles on them.  We are halfway through our training, so this is probably a good time for a bit of a break.  So a low-mileage week, but I'm OK with that.
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