While I really like my job, and I overall enjoy working, I live for the weekends. I end up trying to cram as much as I can into 2 days. This weekend started off Friday night with cupcake carbo loading at Quack’s bakery (lemon meringue, and chocolate cream cheese), and then a 22 miler on Saturday. I griped about the Tour de Austin on every freakin’ street in town without an inch of trail, but it really turned out to be fun. A fluke cold front, made it a very chilly start, but then the run evolved into perfect temps. I had not done a really long road run since the marathon, and by mile 15 I could tell my legs were going to be sore. There is a really cool house on Far West that has a drinking fountain out front, prayer flags, and a zen rock garden. Gotta wonder who lives there and is nice enough to have drinking fountian put in for hot runners, bikers, and doggies. It’s a really pretty fountain too.
Finished up the run and rushed off to knock out the chores. A quick nap and we were off to a birthday at Nomad’s. Neighborhood bars are the best. And, you gotta end a long run days with a couple tasty Fireman 4s.
Mark had emailed me about a 5am start for Sunday’s run. I compromised by agreeing to it, but having him meet me close to my house. Even though I get up that early during the week, on a Sunday it was painful, to say the least. We made it through a quick 6 miles, and then I flew home, put on dry clothes, crawled into bed, and fell asleep for about 2 1/2 more hours. It felt incredible. Most long distance runners never get enough sleep, as we are constantly trying to cram a long run into the weekends, and still have plenty of time for other activites. Mike woke me up at almost 9am, to do another 2 miles with him and Pancake. Ok, I am offically sore now….
We then went out to Westcave preserve with some friends. It was a nice little corner of the Austin area. I recommend it if you are in the mood for a nice little nature walk…it is nothing too intense, but very pretty.
Got home and cooked up treats for the week…banana bread, a batch of parmesean mashed potatoes, and a huge asparagus salad. Now, I am catching up on a couple of DVRed shows, and I am pooped. It’s worth it though to end the weekend knowing I got some really good runs in, and got to get out and enjoy what Austin has to offer.
Only a couple more training weekend until Rocky Hill ranch….so I suspect next weekend will be another full one, but that is the best way to do it.