After reading various TIaRTs from the running community last week, I felt a little ashamed. Compared to some of the serious and amazing transitions that fellow runners have gone through, mine seemed a bit trivial. My post last Thursday felt more like whining than anything. I was literally in tears after I read Danica's moving post about the loss her mom, very hopeful after reading TwoDog's battle with cancer and inspired by N.D.'s progress with her pregnancy and running... among others! Ok, I'll try not belittle my experience but I guess in the grand scheme of things, my transitions seemed not so bad. To so many of you who did open up and shared your story, THANK YOU. You put my life into perspective. I'm actually quite humbled.
I had a great running weekend, by the way. Friday morning, I went out for a 6 hilly miles and felt really good. I did stop and walk up the hills (twice) but the last time I did the same run (about a month ago), I walked a lot more than that. Saturday morning, I had to change my training plans from 12 miles and run only 6 due to a baby shower that I was throwing for a very good friend of mine. The hubby and I ran with my training group and ran on the Nimitz Way Trail at Tilden Park in Berkeley. It's a beautiful trail with rolling hills and on a clear day, you can see right across the Bay! The 6 miles were done in less than an hour, averaging about 9 min miles. Again, I felt pretty goo about the run and felt like I was finally getting back into the groove of things. Sure, the body still "hurt" during the run but it felt good! So, this morning, after much hemming and hawing I decided to go out for my 12 miles. I slept in like a lazy bum and didn't start the run until about 10:30am. Good thing we started mid morning because it was a sunny, cool 58 degrees and breezy. Love that crisp morning air! I also love that I have a constant running buddy who sticks it out and runs with me... even when he doesn't feel like it. My husband is the best running buddy ever. Even if he did quit on me around mile 8 this morning. ;-) Ok, he *did* have a good excuse... his Achilles was acting up. Poor guy walked back most of the way hoping I'd catch up to him. Which, I didn't!! I finished the 12 miler around 1:53 at about 9:09 min pace. Woohoo!
Ok, here are some activities this week:
Monday: Rest (Yay!)
Tuesday: Run with Fleet Feet Berkeley... a 6 miler with Dean Karnazes! Anyone else in the area interested???
Wednesday: Track Workout
Thursday: 8 miler planned (not sure when I'll squeeze this in)
Friday: Rest... Flying down to Orange Country at 8am to visit Duane's nephews & niece!! There's a birthday party for his 8 year old nephew. MIGHT squeeze in a 6 miler in the PM?
Saturday: 20 miler planned (before Disneyland maybe????)
Sunday: Hmmm... maybe have to do the 20 on Sunday before the birthday party. Fly back to the Bay Area in the evening.
Yeah, I got some serious activities planned for this weekend. Still trying to figure out where and when I can run 20 miles this weekend. Hmmm. Anyone down in SoCal got any ideas? I've searched for runs on Mapmyrun.com but haven't found anything, yet. I'll be in Rancho Santa Margarita!