Today was my last really long run until the Martian Marathon!!! YAY!!!! I did 21 today. Over the next few weeks, I only have to do long runs of 12, 14, 10, and 12. I am so happy that the 20 milers are over and done with. When I started this morning, my legs were sluggish. I just kept telling them to hold on for one last long run and then I would give them a break. Thankfully, they held out and I finished in 3:00:28.
I changed things up a bit for my run today and did one big loop rather than lots of smaller loops. I generally do smaller loops without going too far from home. It gets boring seeing the same things over and over again, so I decided to do a route I have never done. It ended up being a great run. Nearly half of it was on a paved trail or on country roads with little to no traffic. Very peaceful. I ran for as long as I could without looking at my watch because I didn’t want to know how far I had gone. I had a general idea of my distance though because the main roads are all a mile apart and I could count them off in my head as I passed them (44th street, 52nd street, 60th, street… 84th street).
I didn’t look at my watch until well after the turn around point. I was running low on Gatorade so I stopped at the grocery store to fill up at the drinking fountain using a single serving Gatorade powder package. As I left the store, I broke down and looked at my watch. 17 miles. YAY!!!! I thought I was only going to be at 15 or so. 17 was a blessing. I picked up the pace a bit for the next mile. And then I hit a hill which kicked me in the face a bit and slowed me right back down.
As I hit the driveway, my watched beeped over for 21 miles. I was very happy to be done. The run turned out to be hillier than I expected, but I felt strong throughout.
After the run, I took a snow bath and downed a box of Mac and Cheese to refuel before starting my work day at noon. I made sure to get up and walk around the house every half hour or so to make sure my legs didn’t tighten up too much.
After dinner, I headed up to the pool for open swim. I figured that the swim would be good recovery for my legs as long as I didn’t push it too hard. When I got to the pool, it was a ghost town. I thought that I had the time wrong or something. Turns out, I was the only person who showed up. I had the pool to myself for almost a half hour before two other guys showed up.
For my workout, I did:
1 x 500
1 x 400 Pull
1 x 300
1 x 200 Pull
2 x 100 Kick w/ fins
1 x 200
1 x 300 Pull
1 x 400
(1 x 500 Pull Skipped)
2500 yards total
I really wanted to do the last 500 yards to get to a full 3000 yards, but my calves were starting to cramp up and I didn’t want to push it. It was a very casual swim and I didn’t even time myself. I just wanted to get the distance in and stay comfortable, so no sense cramping up.
Not sure what the rest of the weekend will bring, but I’m hoping to get in at least one outdoor bike ride if the weather cooperates and another run.
Now, it is time to relax and enjoy a beer (or two).