Last Long Training Run Done!

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a fun weekend and is ready to make this a great week!

My weekend started with an early morning run Friday.  I wanted to get my 12 miles done on home turf before heading to the HOT side of the state.

I got it done, and the good news is there was only a little knee pain the last few miles.  But, I also picked a route that ended with 2 to 3 miles of nothing but hills.  So, I wasn’t too concerned about the knee pain.  I was kind of dreading this run because 12 miles is a lot of miles to run totally alone, for me anyway.  I’m a social runner for sure and have learned through this training cycle that I would rather run with a friend, so was not super excited about this last long run.  But, you know what…I LOVED it!  I didn’t get bored with my own thoughts, I never once thought about stopping and walking or cutting the run short, and my first thought when I got back to my car was “that was no big deal”!

Then I started crying.  Mostly because I was able to run 12 miles period.  There was a stretch there that I didn’t know if the knee would even let me hit the start line for this race.  To run 12, still be on track for a PR, and enjoy doing it alone got to me.

It worked out well that we were driving to E WA again this weekend (last trip over for a while!) because my Dad did a quick rescue treatment on the knee and took care of the little bit of knee pain I was having.  I’m pretty sure the ice bath I took helped as well.

Mosquito bites, not the measles! 

It may seem extreme to some, but it works for me!  I notice a difference when I ice after a run and when I don’t.  Even though Mark and Sky were waiting for me to get showered and ready to hit the road, I took the time to take a quick ice bath.  I knew running 12 and then driving for 4 hours was not going to feel awesome, so I took the time to foam roll and ice bath to help the old legs out.  
It felt good to get the running done so I could focus on spending time with family that I don’t get to see much, and remembering Grandpa.  The memorial was nice and catching up with family from across the state/country is always nice even if for a sad reason. 
A few pics from the weekend: 
 My cousin Nathan. 

 Sky made a new friend in Harlow!  Thank goodness there was another tot (almost 3) there because those two kept each other entertained and danced while pictures were playing to music on the TV.

 Even thought my aunt and uncle were out of town they let us stay at their place, and they have the best view for watching amazing sunsets! 

 Sky and Grandpa, reminds me of Grandpa Carl and how he always had tractors ready to go for us!

Sky is a great little road tripper and usually is very happy reading books, singing, talking to us, and staring out the window.  But, sometimes a girl just needs to learn How To Train Your Dragon to be happy in life.

Loves her books, and as long as she has water, a snack, a few books, her blanket, and a few stuffed animals that she loves she can make it through a road trip pretty easily.  Pit stops help too!  
Who had an awesome training run or race this weekend?  Tell me about it!  


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