It’s taper week for me- yahoo!! Half marathon this Saturday, followed by another half the next weekend and I can’t wait! Probably won’t be my fastest, as the majority of my miles lately are easy runs pushing this guy 👆🏼in the stroller (more often than not with our 🐶 too these days🙈) but I’m cool with that! Just can’t wait to get out there! When is your next race?
Speeding it back up with 800s today! 🏃🏼♀️ I wasn’t quite sure how this would go after being sick last week, but I felt strong running 3:52 800s (7:47/mi pace)! 💪🏻 Loving my new Belle tank (see the back in my stories) and had to pair it with my “Belle” socks (because they match her ballgown)! 💛
The sky is gray, the clouds are looming and the radar is a sea of green. But it is 60° in Northeast Indiana in February and your 2-year-old is with your mother-in-law and the 6-year-old at school. So you take off your white tank top and put on a long sleeve black shirt and throw on your favorite @themotherrunner trucker hat. You don’t think, you just go. As you begin at an easy pace, you notice that your face is dry and the world is silent. There’s not the pitter patter of rain or the grumble of thunder. So you continue on, grateful for this brief period. But you wait. You wait for the rain, the howling wind, the wet socks and the clingy shirt. The miles go by, you’re easy pace not so easy. You are fueled by anxiety as you wait. But you wait for nothing. The sun peaks through and the wind does nothing but cool you off. Because it is 60° in Northeast Indiana in February and you’re wearing a long sleeve shirt and capris. After 4 miles, you realize that the radar was just a picture and the forecast was merely a prediction. The rain is going to hold off but the temperatures will not drop. So on the empty trail, you rip off that shirt, tie it around your waist and pretend that it is summer for just one day.
Humid rainy run today! Opted for roads to be kind to the trails since they are flooded. Pace was faster than I’ve been in awhile but didn’t feel fast or like I was pushing it so that was a welcome surprise! I guess that means something in my training is working!
Day 51, Pinhoti trail day 8, 18 miles, Zulu Canyon
We've been so hungry lately that I'm running low on food. Maybe Cheaha state park will have a store? I look it up online and see that they have a restaurant! Only open on weekends during the winter. But it's a holiday today, maybe they'll be open? Yessss!!! We'll just have to do 12 miles or so before 3pm. We can do that right?
We get our shit together and start hiking. The trail is lovely and fast. We got this! Then we hit a bump in the road. It's called 'the stairway to heaven'. It doesn't even remotely resemble a stairway. Boulders and rocks are strewn on the mountain side and we have to find our way through, up to 'heaven', the high point. Just for some extra fun the rocks are wet and slimy from the rain and fog.
I'd already slipped and fallen twice on other rocks this morning, once I fell side ways in a muddy stream, the other time just on my knee. I don't fall again but I get my shoe caught on a sharp boulder and the front has a tear now. Ugh, I've only had these shoes for about a week now.
I'm relieved when we make it up to the ridge and pleased to see we actually have somewhat of a view. The fog is lifting and the rest of the walk is nicer again. We still have some more rocks to contend with and we hit a rough patch of trail where it's not very well maintained and we have to concentrate on finding the blazes. The views are getting better as the sun is coming out more and more.
We keep pushing and it pays off! We make it to the restaurant at 1:30. Plenty of time to stuff our faces. The hostess says she hopes we brought our appetite. I tell her she has no idea. I already ate my entire daily allotment of snacks and I'm still ravenous. Buffet here we come!! We're loving it. Food, great views, nice servers, what a sweet place!
Afterwards we stop by the store and buy more snacks for later. GL spots ice cream and can't resist. He buys a pint and somehow we are able to down that too. Can we take a nap now? Noooo, we gotta hike more.
Luckily the next stretch is fairly mellow. I enjoy being able to look around more besides just looking down at my feet and there is a sweet sunset.
Hello, humidity! My track Tuesday was on the roads. Decided to do a bit of a ladder workout - 1 w/u, 1 min , 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 with 1 minute jogging recovery between them increasing to 2 minute jog around the 4 minutes. Ended up doing the bursts between 630/640 and kept the jogs easy. Cooled down to home. 6.3 total at 718. I think you can tell in the picture I’m soaked and it’s not from the rain! 💦💦 -K #2fabfitchicks#workout#sweatitout
#latergram of the accidental capture of my epic braid-stache... a bit of levity on this Tuesday morning! 😂✌🏻💗 Thanks, everyone, for your support this weekend... helped to keep perspective.
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Just chilling part way up a 5.12c I can’t pronounce because we’re in COLOMBIA. I was super close to sending this yesterday. @humphrey_life and I are going for the send today after some time well spent in the towering yoga studio and dancing at the crag.
Enjoyed this crazy weather for an easy paced 3 miles. It was warm, humid, windy and fantastic. Late winter/early spring temps go nuts. High of 67 today. 36 tomorrow morning. #nuunlife#hshive#runner#riseandgrind