Ok, before you say anything, I know I was supposed to do 7 miles, but I went to Shawnee Mission Park so I could do some hill work. (My co-worker told me it was a great spot to catch some big rolling hills and he wasn’t kidding. ) The road around the park is about 5 miles, and had I done it twice, it would have been 10 miles. (duh) I didn’t want to do 10 miles b/c I’m supposed to be on a low-mileage week. So I did 5 . Tomorrow I’ll run 2- 3 to make up for it and then I’ ll be set.
I really feel like I should return like when I need to to 15 miles or when I need to do 10 miles so I can get more practice on the hills. It’s a good route. And it’s probably important because my marathon course is going to be very hilly.
The good news is I totally felt like I could have done the loop again. So, I know I’m getting to be in good shape.
I guess people who train at that park take things pretty seriously because they sure took me seriously. I had so many kind bikers and runners say nice things to me as I was running. That’s a really good feeling to have a total stranger tell you, “Good job runner” or “Keep up the good work.” I loved that.
I did have to make one bathroom break and three walk breaks, but that’s not bad considering how hilly it was. I was thankful it was so overcast today too. It was hot, but not unbearable. I imagine that route would be awful in intense sun.
I still feel slightly guilty about not doing 7. I hope I didn’t screw anything up.