Today was all about running from sun up until sun down. My training schedule called for 16 miles today. I already had signed up for the Pickle Run months ago so I knew I was going to have to break my runs up and not do one solid 16 mile run. Training for a Ragnar relay really should have some training days that break runs up considering that is what we will be doing on race day. I decided to run 6 miles then do the 3.8 mile trail run (Pickle Run) then try and bang out another 6 miles. I didn't make my goal but I'm satisfied with my day.
I did indeed run 6 miles before the Pickle and then I did bang out that Pickle Run which was so much fun. Trail running is just so much more fun then road running. I seriously feel like a child running through the woods hopping over logs and tree roots. Anyway after the Pickle was over and all the awards were given away I was supposed to do another 6 which ended up only being another 4.5. I was not allowed to use a timing device for the Pickle because it's a prediction run and it's supposed to be fun to guess your time and it really is fun but I'm guessing I burnt myself out running it much faster that I should have knowing I had more running to do after the race. The last run of the day was the hardest which is pretty much a no brainer. My pace was slowed down big time. Ridley Creek State Park has way more hills then I even realized and I think i need way more hill training before Ragnar Mother of Crack Trail hahaha.
Once I got done running I has all types of yummy food to eat as I drove home. I took a quick shower and then packed up some more food to bring to the Love Run Expo wth me. I honestly won't go anywhere without food on me anymore. I'm always so hungry and I refuse to eat junk so I bring my own treats! The Ecpo was nice. I was lucky enough to have an inside job. It was so darn cold today. It needs to warm up and start acting like Spring. I was a little bummed that I missed the opportunity to run for free by Volunteering but I'm still glad I got to help out and network a little. I won't be sad that I'm not running tomorrow when it only 30 degrees at start time. I wish all the luck in the world to the runners tomorrow. I'm glad it is not raining this year!