That was the temp this morning when I set out on my 10 mile loop. This is my first run since the 40 miler on Saturday. I had hoped to run Sunday and Tuesday, but with several sick children in the house, this was not to be the case. Mom-duty comes first and I am just thankful that I didn't have to skip the 40 miler, only a few shorter runs.
I was not really looking forward to getting into the cold weather since I seem to be fighting a bit of the illness myself, but after reading Dave's post, I had to run. I even wished for snow. Being inspired by other runners is always a good thing. It gets me out of myself and out on the road.
My legs felt pretty nasty for the first few miles. The flat roads felt like hills. I took it slow and tried to think of it as more of a slow recovery run. The sun was shining beautifully and I tried to place myself in the moment. Sun. Brisk, cold air. Peace. God. The kids feeling ill was still present in my mind, but I knew that they were in safe hands at home.
After about four miles, my tummy started talking to me, telling me that I should probably change my route up and find the park restrooms. Unfortunately, as I approached them, I could see that they were closed for maintenance. Uh oh.
I had to really cut the run short and only was able to get in 5.5 miles today. I have 20 on the schedule tomorrow and a few more ( 5 or so) on Friday morning before heading out on retreat with my confirmation students. Trying to get running in this weekend will be close to impossible as my focus will be on them. I do plan to try to run Sunday night after I get back.
I feel like now that my longest week and mileage has been done, the next few weeks of training are going to be trying to strike a balance between staying healthy and uninjured. The last thing I want now is to have all of these weeks of hard work to be for naught because I get bronchitis or hurt myself or something as equally frustrating.
Now it is time to start thinking logistically about how Rocky should go. My ultimate goal is to finish, but I would love to have a plan thought out for nutrition and a time goal to aim for. I think 28 hours would be a great 1st 100 time. I will admit that cutting it that close to the 30 hour time limit makes me more than a little nervous.
Running Rocky won't be a solo event. There will be others helping me the entire time and I know that I can't get it done without their help. Perhaps someday I will be able to be completely self-sufficient on running a 100, but this time, I don't want to be.