Sorry for the lack of posts. I went out of town this weekend and didn’t have a chance to post again before I left, and when I got back I got sidetracked.
I think it’s important, whenever you are training for a big endurance event, that you take stock of where you are and what you need to be successful. We both determined that we needed a break, a chance to get out of Memphis for a weekend and celebrate our anniversary without worrying about diets or mileage or proper sleep. So we headed out to Hot Springs, Arkansas, to take in the sights and do some hiking.
We arrived into town on Friday late afternoon, having taken a half day. The three hour drive was fine, other than our A/C going out in the car. We checked into our hotel and partook in their free happy hour. We then walked around a bit, trying to get our bearings before the sun went down. We ended up eating dinner at Rolando’s, which combines two of my favorite things: Tex Mex food and the roaring 1920s. That’s right, it was a speakeasy that served twists on Tex Mex. We shared the special quesadilla, which added goat cheese to the normal chicken, veggies and cheese. It was delicious.
Saturday was hiking day. After a big breakfast, we headed down to the national park visitor center to score a map and go through the bath house tour. It was pretty interesting to see the different ways they would use the natural hot spring water as a way to heal different ailments, ranging from sore muscles and headaches to hangovers and syphilis. We then headed up Hot Springs Mountain to get to the observation deck. The hike was short and the trails were pretty poorly marked, but we made it and found the views pretty nice
We continued to walk around the park area, spotting different hot springs. This water is crazy hot, like 140 degrees! We each put our hands in it for a second, and it was awesome. I can see why the resorts grew up around it.
As far as running…well….we didn’t do much. I did my 5 miler on Tuesday and my 8 miler on Wednesday, but we missed our Thursday runs and skipped our weekend runs. We are now in the thick of peak training, with our longest long runs left: 19 this weekend and 20 in three weeks, before tapering towards the marathon.