This morning, I took a different approach to my long run. I had to do an 18 miler, and since this is my last day of summer break (let's not discuss that, I've cried enough this week). I had my alarm set for 6:30, but when I woke up, I saw it was 77 degrees, and the high for the day was only 85. My thought process was something like "F&^% it, I'm not dragging myself out of bed for 8 degrees" and turned the alarm off, figuring I'd run whenever I felt rested enough.
I woke up around 8:30, relaxed with some coffee and toast, and didn't get out the door until almost 9:30.
The first 8 miles were in pouring rain, so that's always fun. I was actually pretty thankful for it because it kept the temperature down.
Side note - don't you love when you don't have any pictures for a post and then you get race pictures just in time? I sure do. I think my expression looked just like this, too, so just imagine tons of rain and a hydration pack.
|Running on grass is always great during a race|
This was my longest run since the 50K three weeks ago, and I could feel it. I've backed off running mileage a bit, trying to get in some last ditch effort biking and swimming. The last two weekends I've had 16 miles on the training schedule, but haven't done it. The first, I did 13 miles on the AT trail to preview the JFK course, and last weekend was the triathlon. While both workouts were about 3 hours in length, I don't think biking and swimming quite took the place of the running.
|I get the slowest swimmer and weirdest runner award|
|Did you know I can bike with my eyes closed?|
So, I've come to the groundbreaking conclusion: to train for a running race, I need to exclusively run. I might give my knees a little break with some biking in place of easy runs here and there, but there will be no more skimping on my weekend long runs.
Do you believe cross training can help you prepare for a race? I still love cross training, but let's face it, I'm not going to have the option to hop on a bike during my marathon in 7 weeks.