On Saturday I got up at about 5:30 am, consumed some coffee and an egg/english muffin, and prepared for the weekly long run. It's been a few weeks since my 16 mile run, and since my hip was bothering me while we were on vacation I ran no further than 5 miles while in Hawaii. Since returning home my hip has improved quite a bit, and it's now feeling mostly better thanks to icing and lots of stretching. So, back to Saturday.... I headed out at about 7 am into the rice cool weather about 50-ishF, super nice. I trucked along up and down the hills of Cincinnati, stopped to refill my water bottles about 3 times, jamming out to some good tunes, and before I knew it the run was over.
I took an ice bath following the run, but I ended up still being SUPER sore on Sunday and still today. I think helping Jonah move added to the soreness a bit as well. Only a few more long runs and a bit over 5 weeks until Chicago. I'm feeling less nervous about the race since I ran the 18 miles this weekend. I have to admit that I was very slow this weekend (about 3:10), and cautious about not over exerting myself.
First 18 mile run done and scheduled to do 20 miles next weekend!