My first run of the week was a nice easy 5 mile run with Kellie. Last year we ran together every Monday night and it was really nice. We don't really talk while we run but it's good to have a change of scenery and be out with another runner. The sun was warm but her neighborhood has a decent amount of shade and it just felt good to be running together!
Next up was a tempo run on Thursday. I tried a new route so I wouldn't have to cross a busy road. I love running on country roads! Although this road did turn out to be a little more traveled than I thought I was able to run my 3 tempo miles pretty easily! I also figured out where the peacock lives! There happens to be a wildlife preserve/farm on this road and heard him calling when I ran by. I'm glad to know I wasn't hearing things last week!
My hair is looking a little crazy in this picture because I tried to put it in pigtails. It JUST barely reaches with the help of some bobby pins! But it makes for a funny picture! OH WELL!!
And this is where the week got a little crazy! Our cat decided to run away from home. I know that sounds like a lame excuse for not running but when he finally came home it was 2 am on Friday night (Saturday is my usual long run). Well by the time I coaxed him inside, checked him over, and got myself calmed down it was nearly 3 am. It then took me another 2 hrs to wind down enough to sleep. So 5 am bed time for a 7 am run was not happening. Kellie had told me earlier in the week that she was doing a trail race on Sunday called the Waterfall Run. I originally didn't want to do it but with the whole no long run thing, I figured a 10K trail run would be better than nothing! So I signed up Saturday afternoon for a Sunday (8:30am) race!
I usually try to eat healthy and especially on race day but today I went all out! A gf cupcake and a coffee for breakfast! I was REALLY excited about my gf cupcake! I shoved a ridiculously big bite in my mouth and then started singing the song "I'm so fancy". I felt real fancy! LOL
As soon as Kellie and I pull into the state park that the race was being held at we see this sign?! Um, what the world have I gotten myself into?! There was also a very very small trail near here that lead down to a very swollen rushing river. I started praying that there would be no water crossings!
The trail ended up being a little muddy but not too bad. There were 2 water crossings, one was by the waterfall and there was no way to avoid getting your feet wet. The other was just a small stream that was easy to jump across. I'm not usually a trail runner but I was really happy I did this race! I loved the quietness of the woods and running on trails is WAY different than the road. The best part was towards the end I caught up with a lady that said she was going to take the last bit of the race easy (this part was on the road but had 2 HUGE hills) so I said I would pace with her. Bless your heart Connie a 10:20 pace is NOT easy! But she talked to me the whole time and got me through those big hills without much struggle. I even had enough in the tank to take off and finish strong! I finished my second 5k 3 minutes faster than the first!
I got a little muddy and I also got my FIRST blood blister! I may not run a lot of trails but I'm SUPER happy I ran this one!
Yeah this 10k was a little more than that, but I'm ok with that! I'm happy with my time and mileage! It was a good running week despite having a minor procedure done Tuesday and the crazy cat fiasco on Friday.
Question of the day!
Did you run this week? What was your favorite run of the week?