And this week I kept marching on, beating my weekly mileage goal getting in a good long run on Saturday. I finished the week with a little more than 32 miles, more than 14 of that coming on Saturday.
Training Week: Apr 16 - Apr 22
Warm weather has returned to central Arkansas. On Saturday I started my long run at 5 AM with a 5 mile loop. According to the temperature reading from my Blazer, it was already 70 degrees. The humidity was back as well, it was a kind of muggy morning with low clouds. By the end of that first 5 miles I was drenched with sweat.
After that first 5 miles, I drove across town and met some friends for the rest of my run. One of them had mapped an 8-mile route from our starting point to the start line of a local 5K. She is one of the leaders of the local Women Can Run clinic and knew several of her ladies would be competing. Her goal was to get in her run and watch her charges race.
We were clicking off our 8-miles at about a 9:30 pace without stopping for water and fuel. When I do my long runs, I usually stop after every 5 miles to hydrate and take on fuel (food). So by the time we started the last mile, I was feeling drained. When we reached the last turn, with about 3/4 of a mile to go to the race start line, I told them to go ahead and I'd catch up. I walked a couple of hundred yards, eating M & M's and drinking Gatorade that I was carrying in my pack, then ran on in.
I'm not sure how long we were at the race, but it was really enjoyable cheering on the finishers in this small local race. Some I knew, most I didn't, but it was the first time I just stood in the spectator section and watched. I'm glad we broke up our weekly long run this way, because I had a great time.
Next week is the Toad Suck 10K, another in the Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix Series. This is a pretty big race every year. We ran it last year so the course is familiar. If the weather's like it was this weekend, I doubt I'll be achieving any PR. Whether I do or not, I'm going to just go and run and enjoy the race.
This race is in Faulkner County, the same county our school is located, and the same county that's home to Soaring Wings Christian Home & Ranch. SWR is one of the charities we raise money for. We've set a goal to raise $1500 for the ranch this year and we've already reached the $1100 mark. We'd really like to push this one over the top before summer so we can start focusing on our fundraising for Arkansas Children's Hospital and St. Jude as we enter the second half of the year.
"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’" -- Acts 20:35
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