With the next 1/2 marathon a week away (From this past Saturday) that meant I was on ramp up with the training again. We were headed out camping with friends who have been known in the past to tempt us with good food. They have learned over the year that we are serious about this life style change and have seen my hard work and dedication pay off. They still brought the yummy tasting bad for ya foods.. but was OK that we didn't indulge.
Friday before heading out camping I did a 4 mile run, and then all the running around packing ect. got a lot of calories burned that day.
Saturday morning I went on a trail run, I've done this run before and LOVE it! IT's along a river bank with dear and geese and fishermen catching fish. So peaceful. I got half way done with my run and was turning around when it started to hail! I had no choice but to keep going so I did. It didn't last long. My knee was a little sore towards the end, but I hadn't done all of the procotionary things I normally do. I had planed to do about 6 mile but stopped at 4.5 . Later donut man and I would 'walk' the rest of the rout. So I got over 6 miles in for the day.
Sunday morning I was debating the run or not, when one of my other friends in the group got up and was dressed and ready to go for a run with me. Oh I've inspired! Now I'm stuck doing it with her. She wanted a short run, that works for me. We ran it at my pace and with what my knee said I could do. I realized I was in training and my friends where just there to support ME. What an odd feeling.
After the 3.5 mile run, my husband and (the friend who went running with me's husband), and I got on our bikes and went for a 18 mile bike ride. They had asked if I could ride a bike after running. I said yes, that's one of my other mid lives, a triathlon.
This was to be a flat bike ride. Well it had rolling hills, nothing too bad and it was nice to have some hills. The problem was the wind came up and we had a heck of a head wind! then a side wind, (we road a loop route) you would think we'd have a back wind.. NAH it was a head wind again! Made for a GREAT leg work out! What I truly needed.
At the end of the ride the guy who was riding with us (he did the monster cookie bike ride last month with us) Came up to me and said "you're an ANIMAL!"
Again as we did this ride, it was MY TRAINING RIDE, and they where just along for support. It is a strange feeling to have this kind of love and support from my friends and family. It took both friends to keep up with me but they figured out how to make it work so I wasn't off by myself for the whole time doing this. (I'm ok being by myself too, sometimes that's why I do it).
Monday was pack up and go home day. I didn't do any run or anything that day as I couldn't remember what I was suppose to do. Today I'm off on a bike ride, I'm in a taper week, as the next 1/2 is this Saturday.
Oh one great thing I hadn't thought of when I planned all this, is that this weekend I was practicing on trails, at 4,500 feet elevation. The 1/2 marathon is going to be on a trail, at about 3500 feet elevation! So it was a good conditioning training for me.
I don't plan to beet my RnR 1/2 marathon time on this next run. I am just doing it for nostalgic reasons. I'm in it to have a good time. They are showing rain that day 30% chance. I'm hoping that if it does it's a light drizzle rain, and not the 1 inch in 1 hour that we had here locally this past weekend. (It didn't really rain where we where).
OK headed off on that bike ride.