I needed the longer runs this week. I was very happy with my 6.1 miles on Saturday and then 11 on Sunday. I needed those...mentally.
The previous week just didn't seem like I was doing enough and when I ran 4.5 miles and that felt hard, I already started having doubts about the marathon...it's way too early for that! I had started to think I'd like to go back to the way it was a couple months ago where I basically just winged it every time. I almost feel like I've read too much about running at this point.
But, this weekend's runs were great. I was up and out the door by 6:30 each morning and was able to beat the heat. It was certainly warming up but still manageable. About 7 or 8 miles into the 11 miler was when I started feeling really good. I was in a groove where I felt like I could just keep going and going...love that!!
By the time I was back home, I still had the whole day in front of me. Yesterday was exceptionally good...went out to breakfast after the long run. Then, came home, cleaned the house and mid afternoon drove out to the state park to take the dogs on a hike. They get so excited when they know they are going. Of course, today, when I went to take the dogs on their daily neighborhood walk, Kasey, the beagle wouldn't even come downstairs. So, I took the other dog and just left her here. I guess the heat and the fact that's it's just the boring neighborhood walk aren't enough to motivate her! She's been getting more and more that way lately but I usually drag her along anyway. Guess I'll just leave it up to her each day!