Thursday I ran around Medina and did 10x100 repeats on the local jr. high track. I was close to my best friends parents home so I decided to run by to visit with my 2nd mom. After catching up with Mrs. D I finished the remainder of my 7 miles and headed home to a very annoyed husband and brother in law. Both were starving and waiting for me for a long time to go get lunch then to visit with Fred at the clinic. While running I passed only 1 other runner. It was strange running around the neighborhoods and not seeing all the active people like you do on the lakefront. Although everyone I passed (not working out) waved/said hello which was a nice change from Chicago where we pretty much all ignore one another on the path.
Saturday I had an early morning wake up call in casa de Bougher and drove 25 minutes to Peninsula, OH to run the tow path for my 16 miles - 10 at race pace before the house came alive. The path was hopping with running and cycling groups - it was awesome! I started to get giddy as I parked (for free!) in the overflow lot and headed over to discover a path new to me. I ended up falling in love with the new-to-me route! The day was cool and overcast with a threat of rain that only occurred as soon as I finished. The path itself was along a river and old train tracks, through woods, and different stations every few miles. There were paths branching off the main path but I stuck with the out and back to ensure I would not get lost :) Everyone I passed, which was a lot of people, waved/nodded/said hello. It got a lot tiring after the 1st mile as I found it difficult to find my happy running pace. Eventually I was able to focus and had an enjoyable 16 miles. Miles 7-10 were more of a struggle and I had some bargaining to do with myself to get through those miles but I rebounded and finished strong.
The weekly total ended up around 39 miles instead of the 43 planned. Although it's really bugging me I didn't hit my weekly total, tomorrow starts a new week! Plus missing 4 recovery miles will not be the end of me ;)
That's the weekend in a nutshell! I'm happy to be back in my own bed for the night. It was a long drive home after a tiring weekend. I'm really behind on work and this week I'm leaving for a 3 day trip to New Jersey then Hotlanta. I have a few more late nights ahead of me!