Yesterday afternoon I had my long run of 8 miles. It was really, really hard. I ran in Brookside Gardens and Wheaton Regional Park, which turned out to be really hilly. I think I was still dehydrated from being out all day on Friday. Also, it was 80 F and a bit humid. I felt like I was pushing a tempo run the whole time, and I still took 1:28:12 to do the run, which was only about 5.5 mph. My legs were tired afterward, but the most difficult was my breathing and overall conditioning. It just felt really hard. I did one big loop in the park, which was a little more than 4 miles. I had planned to do most of the loop again for the second half, but I couldn't bear the hills. I stuck to the paved trails in Brookside Gardens, which had a loop of approximately 0.75 mi, and just kept doing that. I kept thinking about stoppping early, but I got through it. I took a lot of breaks, and did some walking, but I finished the mieles.
This morning I did my usual boxing class. I was still pretty worn out from the run the day before, but I got through it OK.
This afternoon, Bill and I did a bike ride. Guess what? We started out going through Wheaton Regional Park - and it was still hilly on a bike! The first half of the bike ride was hard. Once we got in the second part, on the Matthew Henson Trail and Rock Creek Trail, it was easier. I did not make a serious effort to get up the really big hill coming off Rock Creek Trail to get back to our house, because I could tell I just didn't have the gas left in the tank. The ride was about 19 miles.