Monday, March 5th: 11 mile night run on sidewalks in right at two hours. Peed in the big culvert next to Tyson world headquarters. Longest hard surface run since the Fayetteville half and no hint of a shin splint. Switching to a mid-foot strike has cured me!
Tuesday, March 6th: Two miles on the Mud Creek Trail (paved) with Mrs. DMG on her birthday. Donald's OT is late enough on Tuesdays that I can get home from work, grab a quick shower, and still go with them to therapy. It's become our one-hour date night! One hour is enough to make it to Taco Bell and back or to run about two miles at the nearby trail. She ran the whole way which made me very proud. Super fun!
Saturday, March 10th: 19 miles at Hobbs, 4:10:00. Absolutely brutal! I planned my course to bunch several really steep descents and climbs late in the run. It was in the low 60s which is warmer than it's been for my other long runs and I was a bit casual with my hydration, carrying only 1.5 liters of water. I managed what I had well, drinking my last gulp about half a mile from my car, but I did get slightly dehydrated. No big deal, just some minor cramping and such, but I'm definitely going to heed the warning! Next time I'll take my larger 2.0 liter hydration pack and also carry a 1 liter soft water bottle as an emergency reserve. I might need more than that as the weather gets warmer. It's a terrible feeling having to manage water when I'm five miles and three big climbs away from my car!
Sunday, March 11th: Rest day.
Total for Mar 5 - Mar 11: 32 miles.