First things first. Today is my 7 year anniversary to this lovely man.
He loves me well. Very well. More than I deserve! A gift from God indeed.
Friday night we celebrated my Daddy's birthday.
Have I mentioned how much I adore my great big huge family? We all get together every week. Yep, every week. With 11 in my family, plus all the husbands, girlfriends, nieces, nephews and whoever else wants to come- there's usually around 30 of us. This dining room table started out as a regular size table, Dad has to keep adding on and adding on to it. It's wonderful.
Now for that 20 miler!
I always do my long runs in Beckley Creek Park, at a place called the Egg Lawn. The Egg Lawn is a .75 mile loop. Running 100 times around that loop (ok, maybe it just feels like 100) for my long runs, gets very...long. I've been anxiously waiting for them to open a new section of the park, which would open up a LOT more space to run. And Friday that happened! So I was very excited about my run Saturday morning!
It was absolutely gorgeous! I did an out and back 2.5 miles, 3 times. I could've gone further, but it started going through the woods, and I was alone and it was early, and I'm a chicken. About a mile of it is flat, but then it starts getting VERY hilly. The top left picture is a huge incline. I rarely run on hills, so I know they're good for me, but they sure slow me down!
After 15 miles, the sun was out in full force, as was the humidity. I felt great, I knew if it was cooler I could finish the 20 with no problem. But it was HOT and I was struggling. I knew I only had 5 more miles, I just had to do it. I asked my sweet FB friends for some motivation, and I got tons of it!
So I started back again. But I just couldn't do it. I think by that time is was almost 90 and no shade. I decided to go home and run the last 5 on my treadmill.
I felt like a loser and like I let everyone down! I was so mad that I couldn't finish out there. I had to finish my 20 miles on the tm. :(
|My pace isn't totally accurate, I stopped a few times for pics and water.|
I also finished out the 15 after accidentally stopping my Garmin.
Speaking of Chicago.. I have 5 more weeks to raise $680!! Help! I'm running for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. All donations are tax deductible and go towards these precious children! Go here! Thank you!!
What did you do this weekend??