The family and I are up at Point Sebago with a couple of families for the President’s weekend. We all just got back from snow tubing. Isabella and the other girls had a blast. They would charge down the hill and rush back to do it again. They were wearing us dads out.
I got my long run in this morning. The schedule called for 17.5 miles but I figured why not even it off with 18. So I jumped on Google maps and planned my route. During the summers we would go on long bike rides around the lake but that would be almost twice the distance of a marathon so that wasn’t an option. I decided to just run Rt. 302 for 9 miles and then turn around and run back.
When I started out, I was surprised at the amount of ice and snow still on the side roads even after a few warm days. When I took a right onto Rt. 302 it was better but there was a light dusting of snow on the roads along with black ice from the night before . I had to take shorter strides to keep from slipping as I ran. Better too be safe than sorry. The wind decided to make its presence too. I would have to run into a headwind for the next 9 miles. It made me appreciate I nice June run with a gentle breeze.
I remembered there being some hills from previous rides but I forgot how many. I felt like I was either going up or down a hill and longing for a flat. It made for an intense work out. One I may have chosen to be a bit shorterJ.
When I got to Mile 9 I was looking forward to turning around. Not because I was half done but that I knew the remaining trek would be better. The sun had melted most the snow on the roads so I could kick up my gate. The wind was now at my back to give me a little push and the hills, well they were still there, but now there would be more down than up. Each mile was better than the next and I got to finish feeling strong. I know my legs will be a sore tomorrow, but that’s ok. It was worth it.
When I got back, I was treated to the host’s specialty, Banana pancakes. I usually don’t eat right away when I finish my runs but they smelled so good I had to have some. They were delicious.
Well that’s about it. Have a fun weekend and I’ll talk to you soon.
RM: 18.0 (Point Sebago Run)