Well, I'm happy to say my left leg survived yesterday's Boston Simulator run! Sure, I didn't feel like Prefontaine, but I ran slow, laughed with friends and knocked out 13.7 hilly country miles.
Pre race hanging out at Lonn's house. Lonn is the amazing host of this run and the Over the River and Through the Woods 10K each year. He and his family are complete saints to let 50+ sweaty runners take over their house, not to mention, cook amazing food for us!
We hopped on the "bus" bound for Hopinkton (not really, but kinda) at 8 a.m. and barreled down the hill to the start line.
Two "buses" of runners unload
Final course instructions were given for 8, 10, 13, 15, 18 and 20 mile alternatives before we ALL sung the national anthem in unison.
The other awesome thing about this run? Lonn sets up legitimate aid stations with people manning them, food (Picky Bars and gels), Gatorade and water.
I finished with 13.7 on the watch, while a few speed demons finished their 20 milers at the same time. Womp, womp...
When we got back to the house, lots of Boston inspired food awaited us, including: homemade Boston cream pies, sweet potato pie, baked beans, clam chowder, bacon and Boston lager!
The view from their back patio isn't too bad either...
During the run yesterday, I kept thinking how lucky I am to be part of this amazing running community. If we ever leave Eugene, it's going to be hard to find a group to top this one.
Overall, the leg muscles and joints are a little sore from the run, but not bad. This morning I did a short spin session, yoga stretches and PT exercises (hip strengthening stuff) at home to let things recover.
Yesterday, we cranked out several big wedding tasks - purchased Pete's suit, looked at wedding bands and a little registry stuff. This took a lot of weight off my shoulders to get a few more big things done. Okay, gotta jet. We're off to a coffee shop to do more wedding planning!
How was your weekend? How's the weather where you are? We're having a surprisingly sunny weekend, which I love.