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New sunny day! New shoes! New trail! Zzzzzzzzzz!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

I got out the door middling early this morning (8:15am) - while it was just warm enough for minor discomfort (at 34 degrees) in my lighterweight gear I wore knowing it would warm up quickly as my run progressed. And it did.

I had a long run planned and new shoes to do it in (the feeling of running in new shoes just can't be beat!). I took the most direct route to get onto "my" trail (Schuykill River Trail) to extend the new stretch I would have once I got past the point where I FINALLY discovered how to stay on the trail. Lovely sunny day and it DID warm up quickly so I was very comfortable throughout.

Well... I was warm enough throughout. I won't say I was comfortable past 18 miles or so. :)

I had "at least 22 miles" in mind and that's what I ended up with. Yay. The last couple miles was a struggle, but miles are miles. And time on my feet counts. I'm training toward a 50K in mid-April but, so far, 20-22 mile training runs are stressful enough. I'll probably step back on distance next weekend and then spend March building distance again. If I have to walk some of the 50K, I'm totally OK with that - it's definitely more about the finishing than the speed.

Home, hot water still works (yay) which made for happier showering, and then ensconced myself under a throw (even with working heat, Rosie's "OMG I ran and showered and now I'm FREEZING" is setting in right about now) with a protein shake. I used FairLife chocolate milk (the best!!!) instead of the normal water with my protein shake and, oh my, is it decadent! But chocolate milk *is* the perfect recovery drink (perfect ratio of protein and carbs), with some extra protein from the shake powder.

Small steps every day - today I took LOTS of small steps. :)

I have one or two things to look at for work, but I won't look too hard. I'm foreseeing a laaaaaaazzzzzy day! Zzzzzzz. :)
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