When it was all said & done I was really glad I had gotten it done. It was just during the run I was having one issue after another that had me feeling defeated. Some other time I'll have to lament about the bad & ugly. I guarantee it's an issue that's not going away any time soon.
I do have a 50k coming up in 2 weeks so it's nice to have gotten a long run in before then, plus if I can, I want to be adding chunks of mileage to my 2013 Run This Year goal.
Fast forward 5, yes FIVE, days & I was ready to take on another long run. Ok, wait.....ready may not be the right word, but I was willing to do it again. I had reservations because my knee had began to bother me at the end of my last long run. However it didn't bother me too much during the week (maybe a tweak here or there, nothing alarming).
On this particular day (Friday) I was missing out on a racing opportunity with my running partner & some friends. It was my choice to miss this race, but I was bummed about it. So I made myself a deal that if I was going to miss this race (and opportunity to be with my running partner that I miss so much) then I was going to give myself a memorable big run.
What I had chosen to do instead was go on our ladies retreat with our church. It was being held out at Camp Summit, one of my favorite places to be. It's about 20 miles from Galesburg (depending on which way you drive) so I decided to run out to our retreat spot. Here was my route:
For the most part it was very uneventful. I had several lengths of time that I had no traffic at all. The scenery was pretty with the fall colors in full bloom. My body responded much better to any bad & ugly that was ready to rear it's head. The last 5 miles or so were a lot more challenging, I was ready to be done!! I walked a few times, but that just prolonged my finishing so I kept going. Normally I'm ocd about uneven distances. I wanted more than anything to get to 20 miles, but I was d.o.n.e!
I don't expect to normally be running to 20 mile runs in less than a week. My body held up ok, but I realize it's a fine line that I don't want to cross over into injury-ville. Happy I completed these runs? Yes. Ready to do it again soon? No.
DON'T FORGET!Team Tough Chik & haven't done so yet.....GO DO IT! Click HERE to register!