I have learned the importance of making certain the mid-week work outs happen in addition to the long runs on Saturdays. The last 2 weeks, I haven't gotten any of them in. Not one and let me tell you, yesterday's 11 miles was killer! My breathing was terrible and my endurance worse. Probably the slowest time I have had in 6 weeks. Chipper Betty was fabulous and kept telling me "you can do it!" which my brain was NOT saying. We did finish it and for that I am glad. I deserve to be much more sore than I am, but still need to stretch.
So, there are people who truly are crazier than Betty and I and yesterday we saw them! As we were on the return leg of the 11 miles, we went by a couple who had packs on their back, using ski poles, and tied around there waist a tire they were dragging. They each had their OWN tire. It appeared to be rigged up to put additional weights on instead. I was looking for Jillian behind them. Seriously! I proceed to tell them that they were a special kind of crazy and had ALL of my respect and awe. I then had to pick up my jaw for about the next mile as I thought about it. Really, the only way you could ever get be to do that was if Jillian was making me.