Epic run of the summer

Monday, July 13, 2015

So - it was an absolutely PERFECT lake weekend. Warm weather, but not too humid until late Sunday morning. Got in Friday night and daughter wanted to do the run to Hamilton the next day.

This is a 9-mile run, with several big hills (one MONSTER hill). A few years ago we did this and it was a true EPIC run. Now that we've both done marathons, a 9-miler is no longer quite so epic as it used to be (LOL) but going in a straight line over huge hills just seems so much longer and tougher than looping the little lakes multiple times to make up the mileage.

My sister-in-law for some reason thinks stuff like this is really cool to be a part of (she's a great walker). So she was waiting at mile 4.5 with cold water, and then again at 6.5 at the top of the monster hill. And - most importantly- had an outside table and cold beer for us as the finish! And the ride back home, making no objection to our smelly selves in her car.

My daughter is much faster than I am, so I start this run and she starts about a 1/2 hour afterwards. I really wanted to make it to the top of the hill before she caught me, but she got me just a bit before the top. I was less than 10 minutes behind her at the finish, though, so I was happy about that. It's interesting to do this - I train distance more consistently, but she's much faster, so this run actually takes more effort for her.

It was hot, mildly humid, but not terrible. To be honest, except for the last hard push up the hill before mile 6.5 I felt pretty strong. My overall pace was 12:05, which is really faster than usual for me on a long run. So - except for the hill mile I was almost at my goal race pace. Very Encouraging!!!!

On to more training - my daughter is doing a 'fun half' that her friends talked her into next weekend, so she wanted at least on long run beforehand. I'll be out there cheering for her and ringing my cowbell. And then going for a long run.

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