Stayed up late last night to watch the DVR of the Olympics. I replayed over and over the historic Men's 800m! WOW!!! David Rudisha's 1:40.91 world record lead the rest of the field to their PBs. What a phenomenal race...so inspiring to watch these Olympians performed their best!!! :) :) :)
My BFF, Wendy's son is getting married tomorrow so we did our long run this morning. Toby drove to my house dark and early and ran 4 miles before hand. She was stretching on the sidewalk when I came out. Such a dedicated girl! :)
We went over to collect Wendy and John, then ran west to meet Karen. I think the temp at 6am was hovering at 70 with overcast sky. Heading east always feels very pleasant with the canyon breeze. The eastern sky was aglow with pink, pale orange, a beautiful backdrop to the majestic mountains. What a gorgeous morning
We ran up to Alpine via Highland Blvd (Suncrest) and saw Carina flying down with her beautiful happy smile! What a lucky week to have 3 sightings of Carina! :) :) :) My HR was inching upward into the 160s on the uphills. I kept a steady effort while Toby and Karen lead the pack with a growing gap. Wendy needed to stop at the top to "put up" her feet (because of her neuroma). I kept walking for fear that my heart would kick into a funny rhythm. Mile 1-7 with HR in ( ). 10:10 (155), 9:51 (159), 10:32 (172 oops), 11:02 (walked back, 168), 9:57 (170), 10:32 (163), 10:12 (163)
We stopped at the Alpine Park at mile 7ish to gu and refill our bottles. The miles just flew by with such wonderful company and great chat. Mile 8-13: 9:48 (160), 10:15 (164), 10:23 (slight uphill 165), 9:30 (downhill, 168), 9:44 (slight downhill 166), 9:35 (flat, 174 oops).
13.25 in 2:14:01 AP: 10:07 AHR: 165. I am hoping that I can finish PCM next week under 5 hrs. Taking into account the elevation gain, higher altitude, I will do a lot more walking to keep my HR under 170. Really hoping for cooler temp as well.
I feel so so so very blessed and lucky to have such wonderful friends to run with me! THANK YOU Toby, Karen, John and Wendy!!!! Each run is a gift to me and you are the givers today! :) :) :) :)