My Long Run: During and Afterwards
This week my running legs carried me a total of 55 miles. Yesterday's 17 mile run was a hot one. The still air was almost suffocating. Knowing that I wasn't the only one trudging through the humidity helped. There were lots of walkers including the hiker who carries a huge backpack for his upcoming Appalachian Trail hike. I had Gatorade, dates, candy and crackers on the run. In the later miles, I switched from listening to a book to listening to music and drenched my head in cold water at fountains.
At first, my legs were heavy on today's run because of yesterday's run. After the heaviness subsided, the temperature rose with the rising sun. Still, I was feeling good and happy to count off my miles - from 48 to 55 because it was my last run of the week. When I finish most of my runs, I take my Weimaraner, Zoe, for a walk. That's her in the photo waiting for her turn.
After my long run, I visited a Houston area running store and when I mentioned the Olympic marathon, I was introduced to one of the employee's - Amy Cragg's father-in-law! After her 9th place finish in the Olympic marathon, she's on vacation, he said. I knew she finished 9th, but I hadn't realized that she had been at 11th place at 40K. Go Amy!
The evening of my long run, I did negative pull-ups where you get help to get to the top of a bar and slowly come down. I started working on pull-ups again after seeing Jessie Graff become the first woman to make it through stage one in the national finals on America Ninja Warriors this week. Here's a video to help beginners learn to do pull-ups that she made with a friend who can't do pull-ups yet.
How I Exercised this Week
Saturday: 35 min. bike ride, strength training
Sunday: 10 mile run
Monday: 4 mile run, strength training
Tuesday: 10 mile run, arm exercises
Wednesday: 6 mile run, core exercises
Thursday: 17 mile run, arm exercises
Friday: 8 mile run, 25 min bike ride