my game plan right now is still simple. keep pushing it until it doesn't feel good anymore. i've yet to sign up for AT&T & i won't do it until the last minute.
when i met ed at the lake this morning i didn't know what i would be doing. it rained really hard last night & the trail was a mess. however, there was a surge in the number of runners on the trail this morning. both the gazelles & rogue how their groups out there & they were all running long. it was quite motivating. ed said he was in for 7 & it wasn't until we were about done with the 7 mile loop that i told ed i'm going for 17. just 10 more miles & i'd be done.
when we finished the 7th mile i wasn't wiped at all & my breathing/heart-rate were totally under control. my calves were aching pretty bad though. i went riding this thursday with david & i took my road bike. we did 30+ miles (a short version of the dam loop) pretty quick & like two crazies we took on jester for a quick hill run at the end. then yesterday i hit the spin bike at the gym for 40 minutes & ran the treadmill with a steep incline for 20 more minutes. if it weren't for my tired legs i could have easily run another 10.
the first 5 of the last 10 miles were good. when i hit the half way point & started heading back i was hit by that gust of wind that i heard about on NPR yesterday. the temperature must have dropped 10 degrees from the time we first started until this point - was probably 55 degrees out & with the wind it felt like 35.
despite the nasty head wind i felt like i finished strong. i need to go & purchase some long tights as the weather is to inconsistent & often january & february are worse than november & december here in texas. total run time this morning was 2 hours & 25 minutes. i hope to hit 20+ miles next weekend & i'll be sure to give my legs a breather before i do it. now off to runtex with kristin to get some new running gear for the both of us. (using that christmas bonus wisely :))