Since Susan knew I had 16 miles on the trails she offered to run at least 10 miles of it with me and I was thrilled to have her company. She is so positive and did great!! We talked about a million things and even laughed about all of the miles we shared on the trails last year training for events. Priceless stuff!!!
It did not take long and we began our climb to the top of the parks highest point. Add in humidity and tons of sweat and we were two soaked rats in no time. Talk about dirty, nasty legs. I am continually amazed at the abilities of our bodies and what limits we can push them to. It has been months since I have hit these types of digits on long runs and Saturday's 16 miles of trails felt great. Sure I could tell I was gassing out towards mile 14 but my legs and mind felt strong.
Following the run I drove straight to a gas station near my house and purchased 2 large bags of ice. HEAVEN I TELL YOU!!! I filled the tub with cool water and then dumped the bags on top of my legs for 10 minutes. What a difference it makes in recovery.
Today Scott and I rode for a half hour just to flush the legs and get them moving a bit.
This week begins my Build Phase of training. I am ready..... bring it on.... just that much closer to MMTR.
Side note: Several of you have commented on the wall art in our sun room where I post from. I have taken some (not all) of our race bibs and framed them with a picture. Just ones that meant something extra special to us. Anything from our first marathon, our oldest sons mud run, or our youngest sons first 5k. Just a way to remember that great times!