These were the words that my best friend Steph included in an email yesterday in response to my email about how freaking hot it was when I ran my 18-miler. Steph lives in Chicago. Steph therefore knows the weather in Chicago. Steph also knows I'm coming to run the marathon in Chicago (or she should anyways or else it might be a surprise when I show up to stay with her, haha).
She always knows just the right thing to say. Not only did she encourage me and remind me that I WILL do great at the Chicago marathon, she also managed to convince me that summer IS going to end eventually and that it SHOULD be cool come race day. All signs point to cool anyways.
For all I know, Steph was telling a lie. I strongly doubt this since she's never lied to me, but maybe it's actually getting hotter there and she knows I need to hear otherwise or else I might have some sort of meltdown. I'm choosing to believe her. She's never really let me down. And hearing that it's already turning cooler in Chicago really was one of the most exciting things I heard all week.
(Although, I did do some period math and figured out I will not be on mine the week of or the week after the Chicago marathon. This was also pretty exciting news. Sorry guys.)
Since I'm going to be spending the weekend doing some hiking and such in Oregon, I wanted to go on and do my long run today. This week called for 15 miles since it's a recovery week. I prepped for this particular long run in one of the least effective ways possible: I met up with friends, I had a beer, I went to a baseball game where I had a soft pretzel, and then I went with them to Local Taco and had a taco along with chips and queso. This does not the perfect pre-long run carboloading meal make.
I also stayed up kind of late.
So I really shouldn't have been surprised that it was a battle of my will to get out of bed this morning. Weather.com said it'd be cloudy and rainy all day, so I knew that I didn't HAVE to go at the crack of dawn. It was going to be 80 degrees and humid pretty much all day. I woke up at 6:30 and thought about just going on and getting up, but I still felt sleepy. But then I couldn't get back to sleep and I started the mind games.
"I don't want to run 15 miles by myself on a Thursday. Maybe I'll go run 8 and then go run the rest on the treadmill at the gym. Ugh, 7 miles on the treadmill. Maybe I'll just run 8. Maybe I'll just skip it. I am going to be like climbing mountains and stuff this weekend."
I got out of the bed at 7:30 and looked at my thermometer that tells me what it is outside. 80. Poop. I got back in bed. I decided I'd try to run later when it might be raining and cooler. I felt guilty after 30 seconds and finally got up and got dressed.
I looked at my training plan and realized that somehow I was supposed to run more miles this week than last week. With this being a recovery week that didn't seem quite right, so I decided that I'd run 13 instead and not let my next weekly mileage increase happen until next week when it really should happen. (I must have forgotten to move something when I had to move some things around to get my 20-milers where I wanted them.)
It was 8:20 by the time I hit the greenway, and as soon as I ran my first step the clouds parted and the sun beat down on me. Figures.
Fortunately, this was short lived and it remained cloudy for the rest of the run. I kept feeling a little annoyed that I was running a 10:00 minute mile pace. It was cloudy! There was a breeze! I should be faster! But then I realized that it was still 80 and incredibly humid and I've been kind of hard on my legs lately with PR 5Ks and 18-mile runs. Ok, A 18-mile run, no 's.' Whatever.
I finished right at 2:10, keeping a very consistent 10:00 pace the whole time. I felt good about the pace, I felt good about getting my butt out there to run, and I felt good about changing it to 13 miles. I'll still be logging 28 miles this week (I peak at 32) along with two days of biking and no telling how much hiking this weekend.
I'll be away from posting for a few days, but I hope to have awesome pictures and fun stories to share soon!