On a bright note, training this week has been a success! I ran a total of 41.3 miles this week and I think this is one of the first time's I've broken the 40 mile mark. They were all good runs for me too. I had a tempo and a race pace run and a couple short ones.
Can you believe I went to bed at 8:00 p.m. last night? Yep, I was tired! This morning I got up bright and early for my 18 miler in Fairhope. I met up a running group at the Fairhope Pier along the bay. I have to say that this was one of the most beautiful runs I've ever done. I ran along the beautiful bay as the sun rose, along the golf course and through pretty country. This is a photo of the pier (I did not take this pic).
Gloria and I started off the first 3 miles with the guys and they were going way too fast. After that we slowed down a bit and she finished off 11.5 miles with me. She showed me a beautiful course that I'll definitely do again. Then I was on my own to finish 6.5 miles. I kicked it up a little and when I only had 6 left I started getting excited. I was feeling great! Then when was at mile 16 I was ready to be finished. I was getting achy and my back was hurting. Why was my back sore? Maybe I wasn't running with good posture. I felt like Dory from Finding Nemo, "Just keep swimming...". At this point, I was counting down the quarter miles left. I finally finished and I finished strong! Overall my pace was 9:15 min/mile which is so close to my marathon pace. It was a really great run!
When I got home I took a 10 minute ice bath. Is it worth it? Do you take ice baths? It is torturous and I despise them! I ate a big bowl of cereal and am on my way to take a nap. I'm ready for a lazy Sunday now! I hope you have a relaxing Sunday with the ones you love. 45 Days until the Disney Marathon!