Friends with chickens are the BEST!
2 hours to make deviled eggs from scratch
(including homemade aioli)
15 minutes for them to be devoured at a party
Wednesday, I headed out to meet my local running club on the trail. They've moved things around and the long run is now on Wednesday AM, which is difficult for me, work-wise, driving 20 minutes to do a long run and then driving 20 minutes back afterwards makes the long run *much* longer than doing something on my own. So, I decided I'd just drive to the closest entrance to the trail they run and jump in when they get there, around mile 2 for them. My plan was to join the first runner and try to hang on as long as I can, then drop back and hang for at least 1.5 miles, before finally running back to the entrance on the trail solo. It worked wonderfully. I did drills and calisthenics 'til the first runner arrived and then I hung on for dear life for a mile in the low-mid 8 minutes/mile. Yeah, I haven't done that in a while! I slowed for a recovery mile and then did 10 X 1 min hard/1 min jog for a total workout of 3.27 miles plus 6 targeted calisthenics exercises.
Only about 30 garden beets left to harvest and eat or gift!
They are delicious.
|Friday night dinner: camembert risotto and leftover beets and beetgreens.|
Good call, too, because my left knee was all twingy that evening while I just walked around the kitchen and cooked. Clearly, I'd pushed it right to the edge. I took Friday off completely.
Saturday, I'd hoped to run 9. My last long run of 7 had been a decent effort in the low 12:00s about 10 days prior and I figured I should be able to do 9 without too much trouble. Ummm... no. My left knee was better, but still a little twingy, and, uh, running by effort meant that easy was 13:07/mile average pace. So, yeah, I modified the plan, did a loop of 3 super slow miles and pushed the long run to Sunday.
And then, today, what do you think happened? I headed out, feeling pretty good, but a little apprehensive about the knee. I hit mile 2 at a sub 13/mile pace and started to think seriously about how I was feeling and whether I wanted to be out for that long. I did a quick mental mileage total and realized I'd be jumping from two weeks of sub 20 to 29+ miles if I executed on my plan. Also, it was sunny and, per the norm, we've got another guest at the house that I was neglecting.
So, I settled for 3.12 easy @ 12:12, followed by 10 X 30s hard/60s walk; and then a jogging cooldown for a total of 4.81 miles for the day and 25.57 miles for the week.
If I can keep this level of effort up for the full 9 weeks between now and Peachtree, I'll be thrilled. I don't expect my pacing to improve egregiously, given that it's just going to keep getting hotter. But, I do hope that if I put in a good late Spring and Summer block, I'll be in decent shape to race a half in the Fall once it cools off, which would be wonderful.