After what seemed like not the best run, I rallied, and ended up with a pretty solid training weekend. Some Oktoberfest plans got sidelined (darn!), but it opened the window for a nice long hike at McKinney Falls. This is one of my favorite pictures I have ever taken. It is an old shot at McKinney Falls. I wish there was more water now, but the walk was nice and bought me about 4-5 more miles at a nice brisk pace with Mike and Pancake. This am was 8 more with Pancake and I discovered that the neighborhood behind Mueller has peacocks!
I tried to take a little nap later, and couldn’t sleep, so I rethought my whole training. I’ve been trying to run long with my road friends, who are fabulous, wonderful, fun folks, but they are trying to run marathons and I am not. I am trying to run 100 miles on a trail, and their road marathon training pace is just too fast. I keep up fine, but I am not training myself to run long, slow, and efficiently. I also accepted, I am weak. Running over 20 on my own gets hard. I am not as tough as Mark R, who ran 30 on Saturday. Sooo, I am surrendering and running some races as training runs. Looks like Warda 50K is on this list. Between that and Sunmart/ Decker, I shouldn’t have to go over 20-ish on the weekends. I originally had not wanted to do a lot of races because of the the time suck factor, but I give up. It is just easier to run 30 miles when someone else plots out a course and provides aid stations.
I ended the weekend by making super yummy potato leek soup, which I thought was a springtime thing, but Whole Foods had fresh, organic leeks on special. I also made my favorite chocolate chip peanut butter cookies, so I guess will have to do some long runs if I plan to keep eating this way 🙂
Off to watch the season finale of Mad Men. I don’t know what I will do without it…. it is such a good show!