I think I have a new Saturday morning routine. Sleep in until Petru wakes up (today it was 7:45), snuggle with Petru and Chris, eat breakfast, drink coffee, and run 5 miles to do the Fresh Pond race, then run 5 miles back home. I'd like to say that taking an icebath followed by a hot bath while watching Grey's Anatomy and eating lunch is part of the routine, but unfortunately it only happened today as Chris took Petru to the Aquarium to meet an out of town friend of his and his kids!
The plan today was to run 7 miles @ HMP as part of a long run. I ran 5 over there @ MP/HR 160 and waited for about 5 min while watching firefighters simulating rescues of ice cracking victims. We had a large crowd today and I got to meet some people. Really nice folks, some of whom come from over 1 hour away just do to the race.
My plan for the race was to not go faster than 6:45. I wanted to have enough juice to do some extra mileage for a total of 7 miles around HMP. I felt incredibly good during the first loop. The pace was right at 6:45 as I crossed the finish after the first loop. I started to suffer a bit around mile 4, but nothing really bad. I got a little competitive toward the end as I wanted to beat my time from last week, and ended up running a 6:43 pace for the 4.6 course (not a 5 miler as it is advertised), in 30:39, which is 22 seconds better than last week. I told the RD my name, ate a bit of a gel, and started my 3rd loop. This was hard. My legs felt weaker and it was harder to push with my big toe. I had to stop a couple of times as to not bump into 2 large dogs with oblivious owners, but ran the loop @ a 6:53 pace, which is a more realistic HM pace for me anyway (I'd be thrilled to run this pace in 3 weeks!). Overall, good workout and I did not feel trashed thereafter. Initially I though Chris would pick me up from the race so that I would not have to run 5 more miles home (I don't really need these long run for a HM), but we had to change plans so I ended up running 5 slow miles home, for a total of 17 miles.
I'll be on mommy duty from 2 pm on, minus 40 min for a swim later on. We have game night tonight with yummy food, friends, and likely a late night, which is fine, since I slept in today. It's so funny that 7:45 mean "sleeping in" for me these days:)
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