Congratulations to Flying Pig half and full marathon finishers Stephanie and my dad (wahoo!!)–and all of the other runners this morning! Today is a rest day for me, so I tracked them via alert texts while I downed coffee and worked on a take-home exam.
On Saturday morning, I finished my last 20 mile run before the Bayshore marathon in 3 weeks!, and I’m happy to be done with the longest training runs. I usually get some sort of deranged enjoyment from waking up early to run 20 miles, but not this season! I am happily shutting the door behind them.
I set out to do the whole 20 alone because most of the normal crew members are recovering from April marathons. It was a little lonely, but on the plus side, I started at 9:30am instead of 5am. Gorgeous weather from the get go and no headlamp needed.
My quads were tired starting at mile 1 and exhausted starting at mile 12, but I physically felt about the same from mile 12 to mile 20. Mentally, I wasn’t feeling any of this run except for a small burst of pure joy when I realized I was on mile 17, not 16. Here are some thoughts that kept me going:
- Buying the largest watermelon in the world after this.
- At least it’s not raining.
- Be thankful that you’re only tired, not in pain.
- Push yourself now to enjoy the race more.
- Maybe I will get a tan.
My favorite part of the run was mile 7 to 7.5 because a group of 3 girls caught up to me, so I joined them to feed off their social energy until they reached the bottom a giant hill, and then I turned around…
As promised, I drove my sweaty face right to the grocery store and bought a 22 lb watermelon. Whenever I buy a watermelon, I purposely use the self check-out scanners so I can see how heavy my watermelon choice weights in. I have a competition going on with myself, and so far my watermelon PR is 26 lbs. Shooting for 30!
After the run, I had a few hours of down time, and then I picked up Bre for an outdoor party at a professor’s house. The AuD class above us presented their research at an annual symposium on Friday morning, so we celebrated their accomplishments and wished them good luck as they move across the country for their externships.
We talked, ate, ziplined, trampolined, treehoused (okay, I only did the first two because my tired legs were not about to move any extra)–all in the coolest backyard ever. It was fun to spend time with everyone in an environment without dress pants, text books, and otoscopes. Later that night, I went to Bre’s for a quick round of Catan with her and Ed.
One paper and one meeting left of the semester!