I have a secret obsession with old cemeteries
The gates to one of the many ranches along the course
The beautiful Pedernales River along the way
I quickly packed the bike in the car and started my 4 mile run. As I was running, Shawn was coming in from his ride and we were both so happy to be done that we each gave a big, “WOO HOO” to each other. My run stride felt great and solid…quick turnover…ended at an 8:20 pace for the four miles.
We celebrated our major accomplishment by heading down to Becker Vineyards and opening a bottle of wine with our late afternoon picnic we had packed. Ironically, a wedding was taking place so we toasted to the new couple…
Wedding Ceremony in the background with a much-deserved glass of vino
17 Mile Run
Met up with the T3 run group on Sunday morning after very little sleep the night before. Believe it or not, Shawn and I showered when we got home and then headed out about 10pm that night to go to the Perez Hilton.com SXSW Music Showcase. It was our one moment to feel “normal,” although our version of feeling “normal” was drinking water and secretly bragging that we’re probably the only two people at this party who had cycled 100 miles that day and had to be up early to run 17. (Again, just call us “The Toppers”) Even Kanye West and the Indigo Girls (who were there) couldn’t lay claim to that.
My goal was to pace with “the boys” and, by “the boys,” I meant hanging with Booher and Logan as long as possible. They had said earlier in the week that they wanted to average around 8:00s to 8:15s and I thought that was doable for me. Lapuente and I started with the group and Booher was kind enough to hold back even though I’m sure he could’ve easily been with all of the other testosterone. Logan shot out of the cannon, but he hung with us on the second 7-miles after making a trip to the can… First 7 miles averaged 8:09, a little faster than we had promised (as usual). I hung back a bit with Michelle on the second 7 miles and just tried to keep her (and myself perhaps) positive. We all know that the body will perform for days, but when the mind shuts down and the negative talk starts, it’s all over. I tried to pick it up for the last 3 mile loop and averaged 8:07s for the 17 mile run…I felt great cardio-wise, but I’m having serious issues with my right leg…pain followed by numbness when I run hills or try to pick up the pace. That long run was the worst it’s been even though I hung in with the pace (mental note #3: get that checked out ASAP).
So, there it was…my first really long training weekend of this season and it was solid and successful. So why am I doing this again?? You know…I’m not sure really because there is no black and white, well-defined trophy at the end. There’s no money earned or accolades from adoring fans. My reasons are endless and few all at the same time. I’m doing it because at the end of a long day (even when I’ve bitched and moaned about being tired and sore and cranky), I’m just plain HAPPY. (mental note #4: If it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad).
FYI–meeting my old idol Debbie Gibson last week at SXSW also makes me happy