"I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark." Muhammad Ali ;)
This week has been very busy and I was feeling quite tired by mid-week. Wednesday evening, as I was coming home from work, it was still light out and I decided to go for my missed tempo run. I have to admit that it was really hard to "just do it" and very tempting to "just relax" at that point. So, the minute I walked in the door, I went and got changed and headed out the door before I could change my mind. I did it and was very pleased. Then Thursday night was my running group. I swear I felt like closing my eyes as I was driving over to the Running Room store. Once there, we had our clinic and then headed out for an 8K steady run. I started out feeling okay and it was nice because I chatted with Laurence throughout our run. But, after about 6K I was feeling sort of dizzy, so we slowed down a bit. Thankfully, it passed and by 7K, I was doing better and once again, I did it. Still, I was exhausted when I got home.
Friday was a rest day and I was feeling tired all day. I was extra careful with my meals and snacks, just in case...and bedtime was no later than 10pm. I was a little worried because Sunday was our 20K (12.4 miles) and I'd never gone that far before.
Saturday, we had a 25th wedding anniversary celebration to attend and didn't get home until 11:30pm and to bed by midnight! Yikes!
Sunday is here and I was looking forward to running our 20K...I was excited to see how it would go. I started my day with a big breakfast - Half a banana; a sesame seed bagel with almond butter; a hard boiled egg; and orange juice. Then I got ready, managed to go to the washroom before the run (yes!), got dressed, a little body glide here and there and I was ready. What was missing was my Garmin, which I allowed uber hubby to wear today. Sigh. I missed my Garmin. I wore the cardio-monitor instead so I could have an idea of the time and to do my 10/1.
The weather was perfect, with a nice breeze...and I felt good! I did not have to stop for anything. Everything went smoothly. I ran using the 10/1 method and it certainly didn't slow me down...despite, a cramp on my right side near the end of the run (I walked it off and then was okay). Total time on the cardio-monitor was 2h10m! I kept asking uber hubby if he was sure we did 20K...I couldn't believe I ran it in that time and I know I could have kept on going...yes!
This didn't just happen because I wished it...I worked hard to be where I'm at and I'm really proud of myself. I've been quite disciplined with completing most runs on my training schedule, plus some yoga, strength and core work. Now, I can't wait for race day to get here! I'm feeling very encouraged and ready for my first half-marathon in two weeks (that's 13 days, 10 hours, 45 minutes) but who's counting. :)
I hope you all had a great weekend!