Total Miles Trained For Elijah: 356.1
After a mere six hours of sleep (or less) I woke at 4:30 AM to run 8 miles at "Tempo 2" pace. Tempo 2 is a part of my revised training plan to accommodate my ailing ankle. Man oh man I contemplated going back to bed... but I knew that it would just throw my whole week off if I skipped -- so out I went.
For the first time since post-marathon, I wore my "26.2 Miles and Still Smiling" shirt. I don't know why I don't wear it... I guess I think it is "too cute" to sweat in. WHATEVER! That rule is out the window. No sense having something you don't use!
As is typical with me, I was kind of dreading having to run quickly. I know, I know...
At first I was going to run east. A mile into it, I decided to turn around and run west. The thing is, I feel like I have ran everywhere a zillion times. I always joke with Chasen that I could work for the postal service since I feel like I know every road in town. The timing of this feeling was right on; I received a blog comment yesterday from a woman who photographs local places. As I was looking at her Benton site (http://salinecountyarkansasphotos.blogspot.com/) I thought "Oh my goodness - I know ALL of these places!" Houses, commercial buildings, parks... I have ran by them ALL. Just call me the Postmaster...
So back to the run: TOOT! That's me tooting my own horn. For a self-proclaimed turtle, I ran very, very fast today! I was supposed to maintain 11:20-11:40. Well, here's how the splits played out: 11:11, 10:45, 11:14, 11:33, 11:21, 10:51, 10:47, 10:58
Admittedly, I walked between each mile. But hey - I DID IT!
Tonight on PBS is the "Marathon" documentary. Check your local listings! I am going to high-tail it home from a local Halloween festival to watch it.
Tomorrow I am going to present Elijah with the Team Elijah scrapbook. I am so proud of all of you great runners for supporting him!