Missing a long run

Today’s run – 6.1 miles 55 minutes incline 3 with heavy legs

I missed another long run this weekend and I almost (well more like kinda) freaked out.  I had my heart set on doing the Montreal Marathon (even though I’m not even sure I’ll be free to go).  And no I didn’t make it up today, instead I took the cat for a walk and made nachos.

I know I can complete another marathon but I would prefer to run it, not walk it in misery.  If I don’t get in at least 3 20 miles or more, I’ll switch to the half.  I just need to breathe and remind myself…

“Listen Liana, you and I need to have a talk… Chill out… no seriously CHILL OUT! You ran over 64 miles last week. Yes part of it was 16 to catch up for a missed long run the week before but none the less that’s still 64 miles.

You love sleep… just remember all those morning hours you spend fondly with your pillow and blanket… yea you would have to give up a lot of those hours to run before the heat and even then it’s no guarantee.

Did I mention you ran 64 miles which is more than enough even with no long run?

Also you signed up for not one but TWO more marathons.  Even if you sit out the September one, you still have the Newport one in October or the Philly one in November.

Chill out, enjoy the summer, have a short run and enjoy your beer. Running a half empty marathon instead of a full is not the worst thing in the world.”

Well now that I had that reminder, I’m going to relax.  So while I did not finish a long run, I did run 23 miles this weekend.

Saturday 10 miles – Average Pace of 8:41 on a hot muggy day.  I could have ran a little faster but I was running with Tony and I prefer company over speed these days.  Problem with heat that unlike cold, it is not a great motivator to run faster.

Sunday 13 miles – I wanted to run at the Y and in less than 100% humid air-conditioned room but as I jogged the half mile to the gym I was smacked in the face with this:

Now you’re wondering why I went for a long run so late?  Well I got motivated to clean over 90 windows in my #VictorianHouseProblems house. That’s counting each panel but not the storms.  I don’t know why, I must have been possessed.  Even with hours of work I didn’t get too far beyond the  Kitchen.  I hate windows, smash them all!

The reason I even went to the Y was aside from humidity, it was getting crazy dark and looked like it was about to downpour.  Well the downpour stayed as light rain for about 11 miles when it started to pour.  I tried to keep running and lasted a little over 2 more miles before I called it quits at 13.5 miles for the day.  I know 13 miles is no short distance but it was very disheartening when I tried so hard to make my 18.  My pace was slower than usual because I kept it easy for hills and hopeful distance.  Average pace was around 9 minute miles.

On Saturday I got to attend one of the most fun and beautiful weddings I’ve ever been to!  I couldn’t have been more happier to be part of this great union.

It was at a castle

With the biggest filet mignon I’ve ever seen

And a beautiful ocean side outdoor reception

Did I mention it was at a castle where we ended the night with sparklers?

And yes runners clean up well!

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