Best Run of the Summer (and an Upcoming Stroller 15K!)

>> Monday, July 30, 2018

On Saturday, I had my best run of the summer. My wife went on a long run with a friend, and I took the boys on a 9.5 mile run.

Along River Road 1 mile into the run.

I had no goal for this run. I figured it'd be a long easier run. I figured I'd have tired legs after a lot of solid vacation workouts earlier in the week. But my pace ended up faster than I thought, and it didn't feel too bad. The weekend before, I TRUDGED through 9 miles with a 6:51 average overall (running the middle 4.5 harder). But two days ago, I went 9.5 miles while pushing both boys in the stroller with a 6:55 average, and none of it felt hard! It was just magical. I ended up doing 4 miles in the middle in 26:18 (that's 6:35 pace for those 4 miles).

Back home after our run. Still watching Loony Tunes in there.

Dudes in their shades post-run.

That run was a test run. It confirms that I can push the boys in the MDRA 15K this upcoming Sunday. Yes, yes... I know having your "best run of the summer" decide if you should do a race isn't the best idea. But I have no time goals - just going to start easy-ish with the stroller and build into it. It's along Shepard Road in and next to Crosby Farm, so THERE ARE SOME HILLS. And lots of little turns. I rode through part of the race course yesterday, and there are a few dirty/muddy parts from the high water lately:

The race course isn't totally set yet as there are worse flooding issues in parts.

Oh, and then after that run, we headed to my wife's cousin's wedding:

We got cute. But it was bright. So we're squinty.

This babe.

Again, here's my last post about some good workouts on a family vacation if you missed it. I'll be back in a few days with a 15K preview (as I had to scope it out being I'll be running it with the stroller), and then check back in a week for a 15K race report!


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