How do people do it? In that I mean running high mileage with the balance of being a wife, having kids, and working fulltime. By the time Thursday’s run was complete I was at 24 miles and still had 24 miles to run Saturday and 10 miles to run on Sunday. I was wiped out and could hardly keep my eyes open to even watch the season’s first episode of Survivor.
Saturday was a later start than normal but the four of us girls returned to Paris Mountain to tackle the very technical hills this trails has to offer. My goal was to run at least 95% of the course on the first 10 mile loop. It was a challenge but I did it!! This past week was all about mentally staying focused on moving. It felt good to reach a goal that we have all worked so hard towards. One the second loop we where down to 2 runners. The hills were even more challenging the second time around. Temps were raising and with that the need to drink more fluids. After crossing a stream and stopping for a quick splash we decided to loop around this lake to add the extra mileage we needed and all but soaked ourselves in the cool water the second time. It completely renewed the two of us and we began moving again at a much better pace.
Following the run we submersed our legs into the cool running stream for about 10 minutes. What a treat. Closest thing to an ice bath in the woods. Add an ice cold Mountain Dew and we were done.
Sunday’s run was ugly. I waited to late in the day and had no desire to run in the heat so I hit the treadmill. The first two miles were tuff and then it got better. Finally at mile 7 I opted to jump on the Elliptical for the last 3 miles. What a week.
Best news is that this week is a taper week. Only 38 miles for the week. I WILL TAKE IT!!