This morning, Holli (aka The Great Askini) was out of town for work, so my friend Amber joined me for my long walk training today for the half marathon. This was the third long training session. If you want to see previous recaps, see 7.2 miles and 8.0 miles.
Since Holli and I did 8 miles last week, I was planning on 9 miles this week. That 8 miles last week was a physical and mental struggle. This week, I felt much better, and the ever-optimistic Amber set our goal at 10 miles.
The weather was a little gray, but the temperature was great once we got going. While on the road portion of our trek, we had to scurry past some dead roadkill on the side of the road. Gross. Other than that, the scenery was lovely:
We went part of the half-marathon route from the Kentucky Horse Park to Fasig-Tipton, then back towards the Horse Park and onto The Legacy Trail as Holli and I have done in previous weeks. Fasig-Tipton (a very large horse farm and Thoroughbred race horse auction center), looked very pretty from outside the gate:
Here's our training summary (via Runkeeper)
Despite adding 2 miles, this is 28 seconds per mile faster than last week! I think my mind was in a better spot this week. Unfortunately, it was my feet giving me most of the problems today, instead of my legs and mind. It felt like my feet were bleeding from some spots that keep rubbing. I really think it's my feet trying to get used to carrying my weight for this long, and of course, my feet weren't bleeding. The spots that hurt the worst aren't really that blistered, just tender, like they're trying to toughen up. I just hope they toughen up in time for the race, because it really is painful. The bones in my feet don't really like me much right now.
So, 5 weeks left! This morning, I woke up to seeing that I've hit over $1000 in my $2500 fundraising goal! I am so, so thankful. Beyond thankful, really. Tuesday, I get to meet with someone from the University of Kentucky to discuss their progress in Parkinson's Disease research and to talk about how this money raised can be used. So excited.