I spent a lot of time on the Greenway last week. Few street crossings, and a slim yet dedicated pedestrian lane is perfect for pounding the pavement in well-cushioned running shoes (current rotation is the Altra Intuition and Saucony Triumph).
The set up Saturday’s long run was delightfully leisurely, no alarm set and my brand new pre-run snack of a frozen banana, local honey, organic crunchy peanut butter, and a dash of cinnamon in part to maybe lessen an immediate sugar rush. I tossed a Clif Banana Mango with Coconut nutritional packet into my water belt waist pack and headed out for a late morning 15-miler. It was the best one yet. As of late I don’t map out my running routes. I opted for the convenience of an out and back–down the Greenway and onto to the West River Pkwy until I hit 7.5 miles near the Minnesota Veterans Home and turned back around to retrace my steps, albeit a little slower and a little faster depending on the thoughts floating through my head at the moment. I slowed down to gulp water more frequently on the way back, proudly finishing the run with sore legs and a happy head.
On the schedule for Sunday was a 60-minute run that could have easily been taken care of before heading to the part time gig for the day, but I again eased into the day with a leisurely morning, except for the long troubleshooting phone call with my landlord for a wifi issue up yet to be resolved… Instead, I loaded up my REI Flash Pack with running gear to run home from work after all day on my feet (bonus ultra marathon prep). Fortunately/unfortunately my pack ended up heavier than I planned, weighing in at a hefty six pounds (another bonus, training-wise). I took the long way home, and trotted along enjoying a beautiful fall-esque evening in December.
Thus the weekend left me with a couple of rather tired, heavy legs and a check mark for the two hardest runs of the week. Just as I had promised myself.