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Training Journal: Jelly Legs

img_4168Last weekend was exhausting. Instead of my annual Labor Day race, I decided to run a different one on Saturday instead. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I’d never run this course before but I was excited to run in a different area.

Apparently this course was a little more challenging than the usual, because not only was the temperature rising by the second, there were so many hills that I was ready to steal a golf cart. I made it, though, and 6 miles somehow didn’t seem like much of a run with the longer ones I’ve been doing lately. I was glad to be done and pumped for the virtual triathlon on Sunday. That didn’t last long.

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Amanda and I got to the YMCA, the site of our eventual demise, ready for action. We put on our bathing suits and headed for the pool to get the party started. We got in the pool around 2:30 and started the 1/4 mile swim. As I am quite slow, it took me a while to finish and Amanda was done before me. No big deal, right? I can make it up on the bike.

Apparently I forgot how long 12.4 miles is on a stationary bike. I got through it by watching TV on my phone and persevered. About 10 miles in, Amanda was starting to flame out. I was right behind her. My legs were starting to tire and my feet were hurting from the pedals because they were different from the ones at spin class and I was without special shoes. When the readout informed me it was over, I just about leapt off of the thing. And the stiffness in my quads is matched only by the soreness of my butt.

We managed to get to the park to run, and it was like stepping into an oven. We had 3.1 miles to go, though, and I kept telling myself that three miles is nothing for me. It was a struggle from the first hill to the last steps and when I crawled back to the parking lot I felt like I’d never walk again. Things actually started getting a little sparkly so I sat down in my car and rehydrated.

At the end of the day, it definitely felt like we deserved our Diva medals. Amanda forgot hers so we just posed with mine, and went home to pass out. I slept for almost 13 hours after that and I deserved every minute of that too. I don’t know that I’ll do another triathlon anytime soon, but I think I can talk Amanda into doing this one again. Maybe a year is long enough for her to forget.

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Training Journal – Miles for Mollie and Taking it Slow

Runners all over the world watched the story of Mollie Tibbetts and her disappearance following a run. Nearly every female runner has experienced harassment on the trail, and nearly every female runner runs alone at some time. When her body was discovered, it was devastating.

A beautiful woman’s life was cut short when she had so many miles left to run, so women everywhere are running them in her honor. Mollie ran 6 miles. This morning I took to one of my usual trails alone and ran 6 miles for her. We can’t live our lives in fear, and even though I’ll be carrying pepper spray in my running belt now, I’m not going to stop running. That’s how Mollie would want it.

Speaking of strong women, I did another virtual 5K with my friend Karey! This one was a Harry Potter themed race; the Dash Against the Dark Arts. The medals were so cool! They opened like little books and have a glow in the dark moon inside.

Karey has had an exercise setback recently, and high impact movements cause her pain so we weren’t able to run this one. Instead, we power walked the 3.1 miles and had a good time. I always love spending time with her and I’m hoping we can look for spiders again soon. I’m also going to find another virtual 5K for us once I’m back from my conference in September.

Training has been spotty at best recently but it’s still coming along. My recent 10 miler was at a great pace and I have hope that I can do both the Skyline Challenge and the marathon within their respective time limits. This weekend I run 13 miles. I’ll probably toss in an extra 0.1 and call it a half marathon. I’m actually ahead of where I am supposed to be in my schedule so it’s all going to be fine in the end. I can feel it!