Life has been beyond crazy as of late. So many things to do, so little time. I feel like Jessie Spano most days except I’m not popping caffeine pills so I can be accepted into Stanford.
I am a loyal Sunday long run girl, but some weekends I have to get creative with my training. I was going out-of-town without the option of running long on Sunday morning so I originally planned to get a 20 miler in on Friday. I woke up Friday feeling awful. Every muscle and bone in my body ached. All I wanted to do was sleep. So I decided to move my long run to Saturday, and go to yoga on Friday instead and take a day off of running. Then half-way through the day on Friday it dawned on me that I had signed up to run in a 5K fundraiser for my church. It started at 8:30am Saturday morning. So, I decided to run 17 miles as a warm-up and then tack on the 5K at the end. Easy peasy.
I got up ungodly early on Saturday, ran my 17 miles at 8:26 pace – would have liked it to be a tad swifter, but I was still feeling a bit creaky that morning. Also, running in the dark is not my strong point, and those first few miles were a bit slower as I was still trying to wake up and also I treaded lightly along the trail as I can’t see that well in the dark, even with flashlight in tow. But I managed to finish my 17 miler just in time to head over to the race course and toe the line after a quick wardrobe change and re-application of some Body Glide.
I had zero expectations going into this 5K, I just wanted to put in a solid effort. I like ending my runs with my last mile being one of my fastest, so that was my focus, finishing up the day strong. Somehow, unbeknownst to me I pulled out a 21:04. I have no explanation. My legs felt like toast.
Finish time: 21:04
I tacked one more mile onto my day after I crossed the finish line, I ran back out on the course to find Mommaberries and walk her in for her final mile of the 5K.
How cute is she? Rolling through in under 52:00!
I may consider doing this again sometime in the future, it was a great way to kick-off my Saturday for sure!