Anyway, the mileage has creeped up as the day draws closer and closer (41.3 last week). This past Saturday I took part in the NYRR's Long Run as a pacer for the 9 min/mile. Shocking as it may seem, I did my job and stuck to within 9 seconds of 9 min/mile for 16 miles. Total mileage came to 17.5 with the run from my apartment to the beginning of the training run. As you can see from the photo, I had issues with matching my attire. I wore red shorts with what was a white shirt. However, as you can see, we received bright orange shirts to wear as pace leaders. Don't I look happy for being awake at 6:30am on Saturday on my own accord?
This week is a bit of a taper for me with Club Champs coming up this Saturday morning. This will mark my last true race until October 7. I suppose I should make this one count:-) I intend to run tomorrow and Thursday before resting up Friday.
One thing I'm excited about is getting back into my morning routine. I had been having serious morning issues the past couple months. I used to walk into the gym and it was like seeing family everyday. When I finally made it back a few weeks ago, everyone was asking where I had been. It was almost as though I had broke curfew or something;-)
So, best of luck to those of you racing Saturday. I'll have the pom poms and hopefully I can pester some of the guys into cheering the women on;-)