Another week closer to Disney, Disneyland!! And we’re going to give up on even pretending that I’m doing anything even remotely training related during the week. Just to give you a glimpse into my life – I’ve been at work until 10 p.m. (at least) most nights. And I just don’t have the energy to do anything when I get home or wake up even earlier the next morning. Now I know there are many people out there that probably work way more than I do and have other responsibilities and are still able to work out and do other things. But me, I need sleep. And much more sleep than I am getting. And speaking of life in general – I still haven’t figured out where I’m living…. I am hoping to decide on that this week (since my temp housing is quickly coming to an end). Thanks everyone for weighing in!! Hopefully I will tell you my final answer this time next week!
- 11 miles
- (a very humid) Cardinals Care 6K
Another backwards double! But as it turns out, it was a good thing it was backwards! Sunday was muggy but at least I only had to do 6K as opposed to 11 miles.
I stepped outside Saturday morning to a very beautiful morning. It was slightly cool with a breeze. Yay!! I turned left again out of my apartment.
A couple of things I’ve noticed about running in St. Louis – 1) runners aren’t super friendly. About zero people returned my smile on my way out. On my way back in, there were a few people who smiled – whew! And 2) they like to run in packs. Lots and lots of packs. In fact I almost got swallowed up by a group of junior high / high school boys out running. But I do have to say, they were fairly polite about it as they passed me. One shirt caught my eye – “On the seventh day God ran an easy five.” I don’t know why it cracked me up but it did!
So in the middle of my run when I was starting to fade, I turned into the park rather than sticking to the outside. I found this little beauty. I could have stayed here for awhile, but finally I started running again.
I didn’t choose my route so wisely as the big hill was towards the end. I started dreading it while I was still aways away and so bribed myself that I could walk the entire hill. But you’ll be glad to know I didn’t! Rather than my normal interval, I would run from lamppost to lamppost.
I seem to be in sloooow mode lately, but finally I was done with my 11 miles!
Sunday I was ready for my 6K! I drove down to the stadium and parked. Fourth race in St. Louis and fourth time using a real bathroom instead of a port-o-potty!! Score for me!! I am getting spoiled. Just in time for port-o-potty city at Disneyland.
We lined up outside the stadium and Jackie Joyner-Kersee counted us down!! The course wasn’t anything spectacular (until the end, but we’ll get there). My one sort-of complaint (but not really) is that the two water stops were mere blocks apart. I would have liked the second water stop closer to the end.
I saw the leader coming towards me and it was a woman!! You go girl! (She ended up winning – how cool is that?)
I was keeping my intervals fairly well and before I knew it the reason I ran this race was right before me. We ran through the tunnel and onto the warning track of Busch Stadium!!!! Around the warning track we went until I crossed the finish line. Yay!!
Even better – as I walked towards the water tables, I was able to shake hands with Jackie Joyner-Kersee and get a picture!! How absolutely cool is that??!?!!