Here in Texas, we usually don't see fall temperatures. We go straight from summer to "winter". Note that I use the term "winter" lightly. However, this year was a nice surprise. After a really hot summer accompanied by a drastic drought, the first day of fall brought us rain and 60 degree temps. Nice!! That continued for 3-4 days before we got back in the 80s. It was nice while it lasted.
And at least the temps have been nice in the mornings. Because this last Saturday, I had a 20 mile run. We started at 6am with temps in the 60s and it felt good. We got lucky and kept the cooler temps for most of the run. I felt great until about mile 15. Then my IT band gave me a few fits and made my knee hurt for a while. Our options for the day were 18, 20, or 22 miles. Everyone went through the 18 mile aid station which was at the start/finish. I had decided when I started that when I got to that point I would decide if I was doing 2 or 4 more. When I got to 18, I told myself to keep going for at least 2 miles and if I had to walk some of it, well, so be it. So off I went. I ended up with 20 miles and was happy with my time/pace.
Sunday I decided to go swim as a recovery workout. I've got some big plans next year and part of that includes getting more efficient and faster at swimming. I've signed up for a swim clinic taught by Team in Training tri coaches and need to practice in between classes, so a swim on Sunday was perfect. I went swimming again Monday and was actually given a compliment on my form by the life guard that was on duty at that time. Now if only I can get faster!