I'm the one wearing a bright blue shirt and bright blue shoes...my lucky race colors?
I thought a bunch of those cross country runner kids would beat me...but only one of them did.
I should probably be doing speed workouts once in awhile. I've been saying for months that I'm going to start doing them once a week. Yet I haven't done a single track workout since last August. And, quite frankly, since I'm getting faster without doing them...I don't have enough incentive. Speed workouts are boring. I hate stopping and starting. I'm still going to keep trying to talk myself into doing speed workouts...someday...but who knows when I'll actually get around to it.
As for the 20 mile run. It was brutal. And painful (but not to my legs). I don't think I enjoyed a single second of it (although some of the scenery was beautiful). I'm glad I finally got it out of the way, since I am supposedly running a marathon in November, but geez, no-one should have to run that far alone, if at all! I am going to try to do one more long run in mid-September, but I am not looking forward to it.
The worst part of that long run, was the fact that I had to bring water with me. I'm not stupid enough to try and run 20 miles in the summer with no water, but carrying water while running is super annoying. I have 2 fuel belts that I have acquired from friends, but I just can't stand them. They bounce around on my hips and drive me crazy. I tried to use one of them for this run, but I only made it one block before it drove me absolutely crazy, so I turned around and took it back home. In trying to deal with the bouncing, I was changing my stride, and it was making my legs hurt. So, I left the belt at home and carried the bottle in my hand. Even though I switched it back and forth from hand to hand throughout the run, my shoulders and neck cramped up pretty bad from the weight. They hurt really bad by the end of the run (and for a few days afterwards). No fun.
T: 20.7 / 3:06:01 / 8:59
W: rest day
R: 5.56 / 44:33 / 8:00
F: 4.7 / 36:17 / 7:43
Sa: 3.1 / 18:39 / 6:00
week total : 34.06
I actually might run at some point today...but I'm kind of assuming that I will choose to be lazy instead.