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My body is definitely feeling the affects from four weeks of increased training mileage. After pulling the plug on the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon, my goal was to complete another double digit run this weekend (I succeeded!). I will taper this upcoming week while possibly running the Battleship 12k in Mobile and hopefully feel good enough to run the Soldier Half Marathon the following weekend.
|This ghost was HUGE!|
My weekday runs were completed after work. I've been struggling with getting out of bed for my dark early miles and hope the time change will help. My evening Halloween run was one of hard effort but quite enjoyable as all the decorations were out, inflated, lighted and ready for the kids to Trick or Treat.
|I didn't know Chick-Fil-A had a girl cow!|
Saturday, I continued my quest to run 5k races to help improve my overall speed. This weekend's selection was the Cow Patty Trot. This race was once well attended but not having the event for a few years took a toll on their participants. A mere handful of people showed up and thus I won overall female. My time was not speedy (3 minutes slower than my best at this race), but I did manage one mile that started with an 8...barely. It's been a while so I'll take that as a victory in itself. I could feel the high humidity in the air and the last mile was all uphill. It took everything I had to not let the 2nd place female overtake me. After the race, she thanked me for pacing her to her fastest time ever. That made my day. Even when you think you are not at your best, others are still watching.
|That would be a cow bell award!|
Sunday morning's double digit run was summer like. Per usual, I put my watch on its heart rate screen and ignored my pace. I felt pretty strong until mile 10 and that's when it got tough. It was just so darned hot! But, I was pleased to get 12 miles under my belt. I'm so happy I remembered to DVR the New York City Marathon before my run. Shalane's win was incredible.
|And that's a wrap!|
Have you ever won an "unusual" award? What?
Did you watch the NYC Marathon?
What's next on your schedule?