I am resolved to live through the terrible conditions of summer and try to maintain training as best I can
so I can have a good shot at a marathon in New Hampshire in October of this year. That said, things did not get off to a great start on Saturday when the temp was 82 and the dew point 77 when we started. Met my RP for a planned 12-14 mile run which was good for the first 10 miles. I loved that J saw a couple of women on the path ahead of us and decided we needed to road kill them
Unfortunately just a mile after accomplishing that goal, she was done and I left her to walk in the last 1.5 miles. Actually, as I hoped, once she'd walked a half mile, she rallied and was able to finish, so it wasn't as terrible as it sounds. DH was riding his bike nearby and had checked on her too. I forget that she has not raced longer than a half marathon, and has not been running during the week since her half on the first weekend in June, so it's kind of a miracle she was able to run as well as she did, especially under the very humid conditions. Ah youth! She had a birthday in May and when she said she was going into a new AG I thought she turned 40. No. She just turned 30
An RN, a charge nurse, married with two kids, I just assumed she was older. I'm impressed at how much she's accompllshed already.
Yesterday's recovery was nothing but recovery - bleah, and today was speed: 6 x .5 miles. Dew point was 74, which is not as bad as 77, but still not much fun. It wasn't an impressive workout except that I was able to talk myself into it and see it through to the finish.
Bonus: DD posed this question to me as she has a friend visiting from Spain who asked for something very American to read. My favorites are Western Lit - just about anything by Willa Cather, but especially "Song of the Lark" for readers with artistic gifts. "O Pioneers" is a close second. For someone in New England, of course "The Crucible" or "The Scarlet Letter" but NOT the most recent film versions !!! Then I thought of "Little Women," and I think that is the work they will choose. Honorable mention went to "Last of the Mohicans" not because it's a good adaption of the novel because it isn't, but because it has incredible cinematography and Daniel Day Lewis that's reason enough