So, I made it ten miles yesterday without walking or anything! It seems silly to be saying that, but I haven’t been doing much longish stuff lately and though I’ve been awfully speedy in the short distances, I’ve definitely lost some endurance over the past few months. So, I headed out for 4 miles with Alice, dropped her by the house and continued on for 6 more miles. I ran my 6 at just over 8 minutes per mile, finishing the full ten at an 8:48 pace.
Today, I ran downtown to cheer an old friend on in the St. Anthony’s triathlon. I was Kate’s homecoming date in high school and I haven’t seen her in 5 years or so. I caught her at the end of her 25 mile bike ride and yelled “Go Kate!”. She turned, instantly spotted me, smiled and said, “Hi Brian!” as though she had just encountered me at a cocktail party.
I instantly ran past the transition area to the other side and cheered again, slapping her hand. She thanked me for showing up, as though she had seen the last of me. Ha!
I jogged ahead and cheered again. Then, jogged ahead and cheered again.
“Are you going to do this for the entire 6 miles?” she asked. I was thinking it might not be a bad idea. I hadn’t been able to give a monetary donation to her Team in Training cause, and I couldn’t bring a large, multi-person cheering section. So, I figured why not one person in multiple locations?
I ran ahead of her several times through the 1.5 mile mark and then let her go for a run in peace. On her way back, I cheered some more, then joined her on the course. We chatted a bit through the last mile or so as I ran “rogue”. I peeled off just before the finishing chute and met her at the finish. It was kind of fun. I will say that I’ve never felt so fresh at the end of a race. After chatting some more, I ran back home. All told, I did 9 miles today! So, to recap the week:
Monday: 3 miles easy
Tuesday AM: 8 mile fartlek(ish) run
Tuesday PM: 3 miles easy
Wednesday AM: 2 miles Easy + upper body and core strength training
Wednesday PM: 3 miles easy
Thursday: 3 miles easy
Saturday: 10 miles
Sunday: 9 miles (on and off)