Back2Backs

With my current goal of running the Cactus Rose 50 miler next month, and the fact my legs have felt surprisingly good, I took it to ramp up my mileage a bit.  Specifically, I planned on doing back to back 20 milers this past weekend.  Unfortunately the trails downtown were closed so I instead joined another group who were running a “monthly marathon” on the road (ugh!).  As much as I don’t like running the road, especially that long, the fact I would have company for a long run and fully supported was too much to turn down.  So on Saturday we started shortly after 5 am towards downtown Houston and back.  Was pretty muggy to begin but a nice breeze that actually cooled you off.  I started off pretty slow the first hour just trying to warm up, but I started feeling really really good after the first hour and started passing all the other runners the next hour, miles 6.5-13.  Made it thru the first half in about 2:11 of running time and felt pretty good.

 

3 others were continuing on for the full, so off we went after everyone else came in thru the half.  I paired up with another runner who was running her first 26.2, and I was in no rush anyway since I was just trying to get in some miles.  Not to mention, running alone thru downtown Houston didn’t sound very fun so the company was good.  Two other runners were crewing for us on bike/truck and provided many stops along the way to refuel which was pretty awesome.  The weather on the 2nd loop was much nicer– lots of cloud cover and plenty of breeze which made for a pretty decent Houston afternoon.  Not a bad way to spend the morning.  Lots more walking on this loop as her calves were talking to her but we finished in about 4:50 of running time (well, that was my time at least).  Would have been nice to run more on the 2nd loop, but it was still good training I think.

 

Then I came back to Seabrook on Sunday morning for another long run with another friend, but honestly didn’t know how long I would last.  It was REAL humid on Sunday morning.  Just miserably sticky and nasty.  Made it through the first 8 mile lap but honestly it was very slow and I wasn’t sure how much longer we could go.  If we were just going to walk another 5 miles or so, was it worth it?  Well we continued on anyway and finished with about 15 miles, but it was an extremely slow effort.  By the time we were done, the weather actually felt much nicer — made me wish I started at 10 am instead, ha.

 

So that gave me a total of 59 miles for the week, which is the most I’ve gone in a week.  I feel pretty good about my training for Cactus, just that I’m worried I won’t be ready for the hills.  I’ve run Bandera twice so I know what to expect, but I’m going to try to concentrate on some quality speed workouts and weights to build a little more strength.  And hopefully get in one more 30 mile training run in a couple weeks.

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