Friday night, we headed out to Dade City for the football meet and greet at Pasco High. We made it through about one and a half quarters before the rain started coming down. Really hard. One look at the radar determined that it was NOT going to be getting any better any time soon. So that night was cut a little short (not to mention, VERY wet!).
Saturday during the day, I went out with my sister and mom while Ben went golfing with some of his high school buddies. It still rained all day. Boo. We had the semi-formal gathering that night, and it was still raining. Typically, before a run I can not possibly have a drink (which means that Ben gets a built-in designated driver), eat cake, or eat anything out of the ordinary. Dinner, cake, and alcohol all looked delicious! Bummer.
Saturday night we did not get home until midnight. That 4:25 wake up call came wayy too early. It was drizzling a little outside, but if was raining on race day - I'm still going to run Space Coast. Luckily, I grabbed a hat just as I was heading out the door. Rhonda, Melanie, Jen, and myself all met in Longleaf at 5:00 (ok, I was a little late, but I had to drop a cooler in Starkey, so I think it's ok) and did a little 2.5 mile loop in Longleaf.
Personally, I've not really done a LONG run this training. The 18 miler, I bonked and had to walk a little bit (arch pain - but thanks to Mary Manning, I'm a firm believer in athlete's tape!). The 20 miler came when I was sick and without voice, so I REALLY wanted redemption on this run. REALLY, REALLY bad. Just completing the distance was going to be an accomplishment. One that I haven't completed in over FIVE years.
Typically, we have been running through the Aristida neighborhood twice (once on the way out and once on the way back). This week, we decided that we were going to run out on Decubellis Road and then run Starkey and skip Aristida on the way back. By the time we got to Starkey, we had to run 3 miles in, 3 miles out, and 4 back home. Seemed logical and manageable in my head.
When we hit about the 19.5 mile marker, it really started raining. Hard. Cars and trucks were splashing us from their wheel wells. It was less than awesome. However, we were almost done, already soaked, and determined to reach the 22 mile mark! You can tell that we were "done" on the last mile because it was one of the fastest:
This weekend is going to be crazy with the Rattlesnake Run and Longleaf Triathlon. But, for now it's off to Naples for a leadership conference! Have a good week, y'all!