Stand back. After last week’s sad tally of miles, this week was monumental.
Are you ready?
Twenty-four point six.
And, yes. I’m still tired.
Shall we begin?
Sunday – 11 miles
I haven’t run double digit mileage since the Walt Disney World Marathon, and I confess, it’s a bit of a mental hurdle to get back in the habit of doing so. I was also feeling rather unmotivated since I didn’t have a partner. Funny how those weekly training runs with people are making it harder and harder for me to want to get out there on my own.
Frank, from The Fat Runner, offered to be my virtual run buddy for the occasion, as he had to do a solo ten, and I gratefully accepted. We agreed to hit the road at 5:30 AM.
We didn’t communicate much during our run – it was raining where he lived and he left his phone at home – and I started dragging a little in the middle. However, for me, the weather was perfect, and when I started considering giving up, I realize how ridiculous it would be to waste such an optimal (for here in summer) running morning.
The last few miles were lovely.
Unfortunately, my foot was not so happy with me when I was finished, so I sucked it up and made an ice bath to help get the blood pumping.
Bet you can’t tell who enjoys the ice bath most.
The rest of the day was pretty low-key, but I did help little man make a mint chocolate chip ice cream pie.
He was responsible for the sprinkle situation. It was delicious.
Monday – rest
Rain, rain, go away! It was a drizzly, dreary gray day. No one wanted to do anything productive, and so we went to the post office and the grocery store and read and played board games and watched some movies from the couch. I guess it’s good to recharge, but these are the kinds of days that absolutely drain me.
Tuesday – 2.53 miles
Group run morning. Storms were threatening, but there was no rain when my alarm went off at 4:50, so I decided to go for it. Of course, the minute I parked, I swore I saw some small flashes of lightning in the distance. Ugh.
All in all, we were only able to knock out 2.53 miles before those hints of lightning because slightly more real. Safety first.
Wednesday – rest
I had a date at the Apple store in the morning. Since I got my most iPhone, the camera has been malfunctioning in all kinds of spectacular ways. I went in some time in April, and they replaced the actual cameras in the phone, but the device must have been a lemon because it didn’t do the trick. I finally couldn’t stand it anymore and they very graciously replaced the entire thing. Yay for a working camera.
Afterwards, Mr PugRunner and I had an appointment at the bank to talk retirement plans. It’s as fascinating as it sounds.
For dinner, we hit a local place as part of a group run. I wasn’t in the mood for anymore activity but I was happy to meet some of the group members.
Thursday – 3 miles
With Tour De Pain coming up the next day, I really wanted to stretch my legs and was grateful that the weather was finally more pleasant. We had a great run.
With a great view.
After work, I had dinner plans with a dear friend who will be moving. It was bittersweet, but I was so happy that we had the chance to enjoy some time with her.
Friday – Tour De Pain 4 Mile Beach Run
Race Day One had arrived. I set up my outfits and packed my things for the next few days.
We then headed to little man’s school. It was time for him to meet his new teacher for the upcoming school year. She is new to our school, and I think they hit it off great. We are excited for an awesome year, even if it does seem like we are starting so early.
To help me burn some nervous energy, we took little man to see the Fantastic Four reboot. I don’t say this often, but it was awful. There was pretty much nothing redeeming about it, and we had to cover little man’s eyes a few times. Live and learn.
The weather had taken a downturn when we got out of the theater – horrible winds, torrential rain and crazy lightning! Mr PugRunner asked if I was still going to race, but the weather reports showed that it would pass, and so I got dressed and headed out to Jacksonville Beach for the 4 mile race on the sand.
I will post a full race report later this week, but I will say it was a great night!
I came straight home after the race, enjoyed some delicious honey chicken and rice, showered and went to bed.
Saturday – Tour De Pain 5K Road Race and 1 Mile Sizzler
At 7:00 AM, I was toeing the start line for the 5K portion of Tour De Pain. It was early and I was still tired, but hanging in.
I got home in time to have breakfast with the boys, before they headed out for their own adventures. Little man was going to do some Superhero Training at my mom’s neighborhood.
I left a little early for the last leg of the Tour De Pain. It was in a new location and I wanted to avoid any potential traffic and find close parking.
The heat finally caught up to us, and it was in the mid-90s, but feeling like 103. Ugh. I just went with the flow, and while my plans didn’t quite work out how I wanted, I had a very successful race. Stay tuned for details.
In the meantime, Mr PugRunner and little man were at the Jaguars scrimmage down the street. They had been selected to help carry the American flag on to the field before the match, which was a really cool honor. Afterwards, they settled down with friends and had the most amazing time. As evidenced by the texts I received.
I went home to wait for them, and almost fell asleep in my dinner.
I think we can call this week a total win, all the way around.
How was your week in training?
Do you ever race challenges like Tour De Pain? What do you like/dislike about them?