Yesterday was our final training run for the half marathon on June 5th. It rained pretty hard the night before leaving Anne Springs Close Greenway a sloppy mess, some areas more sloppy than others. From the start our feet got wet from grass, then mud, and finally I gave up after a few miles and started putting my feet in the water during stream crossings just to get the muck off my shoes. Some of the paths are narrow causing you to get slapped all over by very wet trees, bushes, tall grass, and vines (some of them were mean thorny vines, ouch). So it was a wet 12 miles. Luckily the temperature was cool to start. Compared to what we've been used to we almost felt chilled before we headed out. The skies stayed overcast for the most part, keeping the temps comfortable and the oppressive steamy humidity at bay.
We came across a cute little friend on the trail, reminding us that slow and steady is the way to go. We also crossed paths with a black snake but the urge for a photo opp just wasn't there. Actually, each time we've been there we've come across at least one black snake. Yesterday's black snake was the smallest one we've seen and we just jumped over him. There is lots of animal life to be found on these trails, some wild, others domestic. We pass by several pastures, some with goats, some cows, and plenty of horses. There rarely seems to be a dull moment there.
We had meant to take pictures of ourselves before we changed out of our wet clothes but we forgot. We were so drained and soaked that all we could focus on were dry clothes and chocolate milk. I am happy to report that in spite of having wet feet the whole time I have no blisters or hot spots. Also this morning my legs feel great, no IT band discomfort and my shins are happy too.
So now it's time for a week of tapering, I'll do 6 on Monday and 3 on Wednesday and I'll also take it easy with strength and yoga. I have high hopes that I'll make it through this second half marathon with no IT band pain, that would make me the happiest girl in the world. The week is going to drag since I have something so great to look forward to- 13.1 miles with my two fun running buddies. Wish us luck!