This is my obligatory New England fall post.
Sunday was my first long run since the half marathon. Suddenly overnight, it officially became fall. My running path looked like this:
So pretty but a little nervous about running over leaves-on-asphalt, which can get slippery. I did 13 loooong and slow miles. The scenery was pretty and all, but you can only think about colors for you know, the first two hours.
This was my longest training run yet under Coach Jeff’s plan. Thirteen miles at a slow pace of 15:00/mi (15 secs run / 45 secs walk) was mentally rough. It just never seemed to end. Jeff is right though about your recovery being so much better when you go that slow. I felt fine afterwards, fine enough to get the family together and go on a little 2 mile hike to enjoy the foliage. My legs also felt fine when I got on the plane the next day. Back to hiking though, we borrowed a kid for the day too:
This was Stratton Brook State Park in Connecticut. The park also has a great, flat, straight, soft, walking path that would be perfect for running but it’s a little too far out of the way for me to justify driving there just to run. Oooh also in the fall theme, I baked oatmeal-raisin-chai cookies, which made the house smell all deliciously spicy and warm. I haven’t baked goodies in a very long time and I think I’m starting to lose my touch. Those cookies were a really good post-run snack too.
I think everyone kinda has at least one “quintessential fall day” and I think that was it for me. Cross it off the list, task done. Well sorta. I still need to bake pumpkin things! The rest of my weekends are spoken for and it’ll be winter snowstorms before you know it. I’ve already blown through fall and now I’m sitting in the total opposite – 90 degrees and loving it.