Sunday, August 9, 2009

Long Weekend Wrap-Up

What a weekend in Ohio. More like a weekend plus a couple of days seeing as we left on Wednesday. Dad is staying strong and kicking the cancer's ass. He is tired from the chemo along with some other not so fun side effects but considering he had his 2nd treatment on Thursday he is doing pretty dang well. We made/ate a lot of food, drank a lot of beer, did some shopping and some boating, and I was able to run nearly my weekly goal. I did not however use much of the computer so now I'm behind on both work and your blogs!

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!

16 comments:

KAT said...

Yay, I'm so glad you were happy about how your long run went this week! Also, good luck for your Dad too. Stay strong :)

Marlene said...

Glad to hear Dad is doing so well!

Sounds like a nice weekend. Awesome fitting in some great runs. It must have been fun checking out a new path and bonus that everyone was so friendly.

Nice mielage for the week. You're right, skipping 4 recovery miles isn't going to hurt you!

Mark said...

It's good to hear how your Dad is doing. It really is fun to find new running areas. Great running!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Happy to hear your dad is holding strong. I love checking out new running areas too. I think I've seen more of the city I live in now that I run than ever before!

kristen said...

Yay for pops! So happy to hear he is kicking the cancer's ass!

I think we may have run our long run on the same route. Nice flat wide trail along a river. So beautiful. Glad you got it done.

X-Country2 said...

Happy to hear your dad is doing well. Best wishes to him!

J said...

It is nice to hear there are friendly runners all over the place! at least you were able to get in most of your mileage! Hopefully you can get some rest and enjoy the week!

MCM Mama said...

Glad your dad is handling the treatment well.

Good job on the 16 mile run!

Tara said...

So sorry about your dad; but I'm happy to hear he is doing very well! Great job on the mileage. Even though you didn't make your mileage goal; you still kicked my ass! Stay tough!
Tara

The Laminator said...

Glad to here your dad is doing well! Great job on the long run in a new place. It is always fun to explore new and exciting trails! Have an awesome week!

Jeri said...

Glad your pops is doing well. Sounds like an awesome long run. I always love new routes. :)

Chris said...

Sending your dad good thoughts...

You keep an unbelievable schedule. It amazes me you run the weekly mileage that you do! Hope you have a good week!

runner26 said...

i'm so glad to hear your dad is doing well! it sounds like you had a great visit! btw, i'm probably going to skip a recovery run this week too ;)

aron said...

4 recovery miles definitely wont be the end of you :) great job on your long run!!

kilax said...

I am happy to hear your dad is doing well!

Free parking. Ha! Only someone from Chicago would say that!

I love that everyone was so friendly! That always makes me day :)

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