After yesterday’s workout-fest I rested up and re-fueled the best I could and tried to pump myself up for 20 miles the next morning.
Waking up to more snow, freezing temps and pretty tired legs, I was less than excited to get out there, but luckily I knew had all of my peeps waiting for me and going back to bed was not an option.
The first third or so of the run was pretty tough with long climbs, busy roads and a biting northerly wind in our faces constantly. It felt soooo good when we finally changed directions, and the rest of the run wasn’t so bad. We did have a few more hills, including a monster known as Hell Hill around the 18 mile mark. (yes, I planned the route… “what doesn’t kill you”, right?)
A highlight was our water refill station at a friend’s house that I arranged (with help from my co-instructor) complete with orange wedges and candy! It felt like an oasis on this tough day and pumped me up enough for the final stretch – even when our group leader decided to push the pace for a few clicks.
All things considered, the run went pretty well. My legs were a bit sore and definitely on the tired side, but I hung in there and even managed to throw in a few race pace kilometres. I can’t wait to find out what it feels like to tackle a long run without having put them through a beating the day before. I probably won’t plan on a 2.5 hour workout on April 15th. 😉
I’ve since spent the majority of the afternoon in a horizontal position, including a killer catnap on the couch. With 15 hours of running, cycling and swimming under my belt for the week, I am definitely looking forward to a sleep-in and rest day tomorrow!
How was your weekend?