Here's how it went down:
We ran a 5.35 mile trail to start with and did it 10 minutes faster than I have ever done it (does that seem as incredible to you all as it does to me?)! We did a 10 minute walking warm up before we used 2:2 and only walked through 1 interval when I stubbed my toe on a root. This felt REALLY easy!!!!!
After a quick water and fuel stop, we then headed to the paved paths for another 6.65 miles. We walked 1.25 miles then did 2:2 for 1.13 miles then walked .5 miles then did 2:2 for 1.5 miles then walked for 1.13 then did 2:2 for 1 mile and ended with a cool down walk. The first 3 miles on the road felt alright - the last part felt incredibly impossible!
I'm incredibly thankful for a few things:
1. My training partner who gets me and accepts me for all my running issues. I had a GREAT time catching up with her - it's been several days since we chatted and so much happens that needs discussion.
2. My husband - he had prepared dinner and had it hot and ready to eat when I finally got home at almost 9:00 p.m. It wasn't fancy, but it was delicious - and hot - and ready! He's a keeper for sure!
3. Compression sleeves - wow, these are saving my life - I LOVE them!
4. The stick - after a shower, then a rub down with the stick - ahhhh, it hardly feels like I ran over 10 miles (HA!)
5. Ice pack - my knee is hurting a bit (no idea why - but I suspect maybe a wee bit too much mileage in too short of a time - need to be careful and rest it with shorter and slower runs the rest of the week . . .next week is a cut back week - WOOT!)
What are the things you're thankful for after a long run?
P.S. I wrote a guest post for Running to Health about dealing with running injuries - it will post on Wednesday 8/24- PLEASE (pretty please) check it out!!!!