Now..... on to the running news
Over the past few weeks I have been doing a lot of walking as a supplement my running. This walking is completely unrelated to running and is for a contest we have going on at work over the summer. The funny thing is that this walking has given me multiple blisters. I am sure it is because my feet move around differently in my shoes when I walk, rather than run.
We all know what time of year it is, time for school to start, time for the kids sports to kick into the full on fall training, and of course marathon training. All three of these have hit me harder this year then ever before, especially with both of my daughters running Cross Country this fall, and my son playing Football for the first time on the 9 year old team. Looking at their schedules makes my marathon training schedule look like child's play. :)
It was really humid with 89% according to weather.com. In fact the first 8 miles it was a really fine mist. It stopped for a few miles and picked back up for the last mile.
I carried water and Gatorade with me and drank regularly. This didn't seem to change the run much from last weeks long run when I didn't carry anything. I did take a GU at about 9 miles (note to self - Apple Cinnamon sucks - am I the only one that doesn't really want to taste anything 8+ miles into a run? Why do they make all these crazy flavors..... I would prefer water flavor thank you!)
The park (Alexander Park) is just a couple miles from our house and I was trying to figure out how I was going to get my run in today with the time trial starting at 7:30 (dead in the middle of Saturday run time for me) I needed to run 7 miles so I decided I would get up a bit earlier and do my 7 miles and plan it to finish at the park in time to watch both the boys and of course, the girls run.
My marathon training plan showed a 35 minute tempo run this morning. I normally would run a tempo run at about 30 sec off pace of whatever I was training for after a 1 mile warm up, but this morning I chose to go with a tempo run as defined by Hal Higdon in his marathon training plan which says "A tempo run is a continuous run with a buildup in the middle to near 10-K race pace"
We walked out the door 6:10 Sunday morning and were walking to meet Sarah. After a few moments we saw her appear in the dark and we were ready to go. We started off slow as I always do..... especially on long runs.
After a couple miles Payton started to complain about her foot hurting. She was playing around the night before running around the yard barefoot and had hurt it a little bit. After assessing the situation we decided it was best to turn around and head home and let her call it a day. It continued to hurt her, but started getting better the closer we got to home. I still insisted that she stop at 4.5 miles and rest and ice her foot.
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