Saturday I met up with my friends for an easy 14 on the trails for the relay portion of the Mid Maryland 50k. Altogether we had three teams out there, everyone doing various distances. The conditions? The trails themselves were pretty dry with just a tad bit of mud appearing by the end of the second loop as things warmed up. The wind was an unwelcome visitor, but once we were in the woods, all was good. I had a ball–this just whet my appetite all the more for next fall’s 50k. I can’t wait.
After I got home, I intended to put a rush on things and try to catch the last few minutes of my daughter’s basketball game. No worries, she had Mr. Zippy there with her, but still, I wanted to at least see some of it. I came home, made coffee and breakfast, and headed off to a warm shower. I actually thought I was doing ok on time. A time check, however, as I went out the door told of another story.
I realized that no matter how short or how easy the long run is, I move like a slug when it’s all over, particularly in the winter. Something about coming back into a warm house to a warm cup of coffee and breakfast, makes me linger. Then there’s the hot shower–it’s truly a crime how long I am in there–water is NOT an infinite resource. But I can never seem to get warm enough to want to get out. The end result of all this nonsense? I go no where fast.
Most of the time, this isn’t a big deal, but next Saturday, I need to get my a%^& in gear right away. And it won’t be easy. I have a 22-miler on tap that includes 17 miles of progression. Yes, you read that right. Seventeen MILES of progression. Suffice it to say, I’m gonna be one tired old lady when I’m done. The problem, however, is that I have to be at my son’s swim meet working the concession stand by 10 that morning. (Yes, four straight hours on my feet after that run is something that can only be described as unusually cruel).
So I’m wondering–who wants to come light a fire under me that morning, say around 9:00? It’s gonna be ugly, I know.
Anyone else have trouble moving quickly post long run?