Monday, March 28, 2011
Twenty Miles And An Ice Show
This weekend was crazy and busy but it was a great time!! Kaelynn has been practicing for her ice show for months on end. Once I had developed my training schedule, I looked at what type of mileage I would have to run the weekend of the show and sure enough it would be our first 20 mile run of the training cycle! Friday night I dropped Kaelynn and her two friends off for Dress Rehearsal and then headed to a friend's house for a Premiere Jewelry/Dove Chocolate/Simply Said party where I enjoyed the company and products. Saturday morning it was back to the ice rink for Kaelynn's final ice skating lesson of the session. After lessons, we headed home and my mom and step dad and one of my best friend's from PA and her family got into town. We had an early dinner, took a quick picture of the kids and then headed off to night one of the ice show. The theme of the show was "Let's Go To The Movies". Kaelynn was in Annie and she did a really good job! Since the show didn't start until 7PM, we didn't get back home until close to 10:30PM. All of the family and friends from PA headed home and we finally got the kids to bed around 11:00PM. I of course knew I needed to get to bed since I would be getting up at 4:30AM to meet Jenn for our long run. I slept pretty good and was thankful for that. I was up and at it by 4:45AM and getting ready for the long run. The 20 miler would be Jenn's farthest run to date. She didn't have her Garmin so I was in charge of distance and pace. When we first started out we had discussed running out 5 miles and back and repeating it but in the end I ran us out 10 miles. Jenn was quite surprised when I told her we were half way done at our turn around. There were a few times when I could really see the fatigue setting in for Jenn. Around mile 15.5 we needed to refuel again. Jenn mentioned that she would need to walk for her fueling this time because she was going to take sports beans. I told her at that point that we were going to stop and stretch while she ate them because I was proving a point to her. I knew for a fact she could run 20 miles without stopping and that is exactly what she did! I was so proud of her! There wasn't much talking on the run but I am sure parts of the marathon are going to be like that so it was good practice. Once we had 1/4 of a mile left I asked Jenn to show me what her legs could do after 19+ miles. We brought in mile 20 at 10:35. Not too shabby...not too shabby at all!! Our final time for the run was 3:34:09 which is an overall pace of 10:42/mile and we were still smiling at the end!! After a few stretches, hugs, and good jobs Jenn and I went our separate ways. I stopped and grabbed ice and then headed home for an ice bath. I knew I definitely had to fit one into my day since yesterday afternoon was day 2 of the ice show and I would be sitting in bleachers for 2 1/2 hours which is not always the best thing after a long run! Kaelynn did a great job again yesterday as well! As crazy busy as this weekend was I wouldn't change it for the world. I managed to successfully get my long run in and got to watch my daughter do something that she truly loves and adores. Keep running, you're simply the best, and Kaelynn your passion for ice skating inspires me!!