Here's Ben crossing the finish line with his 2 kids.
The water here is so clear. Noah wanted me to take his picture underwater...
but he didn't want to actually go underwater to do it.
My Monkey Child.
The initial plan was for me to run at Green Lakes after Kel returned from his ride, but it was 1:30 and very hot, so I decided to run later. I ended up heading over to my new favorite running spot, Beaver Lake, and got in 90 minutes of trail running. Coach Mary told me to break it up into 15 minute segments to work on my mental game. I did 2 endurance segments, 1 tempo, 1 endurance, another tempo, and 1 more endurance. During the endurance segments I focused on two words: strong and smooth. During the tempo portions my mantra was, "Strong, power; Strong, core." I didn't use my ipod and felt really good. I actually had a few moments during each portion when I really felt like I was in the zone. During the tempo segments, I felt fast and strong. I saw a mama and a baby deer at the beginning, which made me think this is an ongoing theme in my running. Haven't quite figured out what it is yet, but there is definitely something going on!!
I was a little disappointed after the run when I saw I only ran 8.78 miles...I'm still working on remembering that trail running is different, but I noticed my pace was very consistent, and I really did feel like I was flying on those trails today. That is what I will choose to remember from this run!
I finished it up with some Cappuccino Ultragen and an ice bath that was definitely not cold enough.
Here is what the week looked like:
Swim: 1h 20m 3450 yds
Bike: 3h 2m 55s 48.11 mi
Run: 2h 45m 33s 16.53 mi
Total: 7h 8m 28s
Three weeks until Syracuse 70.3!! Have a great week!