I just love this place. It reminds me of where I grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Quaint tourist town that bustles on the weekends and holidays. The smell of the fresh deep blue lake, the gentle breeze, the sail boats, the resort, the vacationing beachers (who are out whether it's a nice day or not!), and the outdoor cafes.
Tim and I headed to Cd'A Saturday to pick up my Cd'A Marathon race packet. We brought the bikes. We headed East on our bikes and ended up just following the marathon course, which includes a very nice 10-mile out and back along the lake with one most excellent hill.
The sun was shining and the breeze was very light. We rode a bit hard but I saved my legs for the race the next morning. Tim too was saving his legs for a century ride on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes instead of the run. We topped off a wonderful afternoon with a salmon and rice dinner at Tony's on the Lake.
I ran the marathon with no real goal in mind. I wanted to run hard but not too hard - same old routine. I met up with Gunhild (who was running the 1/2) and Wild Bill with whom I ran the first few miles.
I made sure I kept my pace slower than last week's sub 8's. This time I shot for about 8:15's or so. I did not like running through the winding streets for the first few miles, but once we hit the Centennial Trail, it was all good. I just loved it. The rolling hills were nice and the one long hill was fun. I was ready for it and it was easier to run it than bike it. The weather warmed up beautifully.
I struggled the last few miles as the course wound around and around and out and back to get in the mileage for this certified BQ course. I was eager for it to be over, mostly because I didn't know where the finish line was. I never felt a bonk like I did last week and finished in 3:37, satisfied.
My recovery is easier this time too. I'm ready to run again but can't as I am headed to Seattle for the American College of Sports Medicine conference. This is always a simulating conference that pumps me up for doing more endurance running research. We'll see what this year brings. From Seattle, I head to Mt. St. Helens for a jaunt around the mountain with a group of friends. I'll bring my camera for that one!
Hope everyone enjoyed Memorial Day weekend!
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