This is the fourth time I’ve done a Paul Lacoste bootcamp. And the one thing I have learned for certain is that it is more fun if you are in good cardiovascular shape. So I run on the weekend. I try to keep my heart and lungs up to snuff so during the week I can focus on doing the exercises the best that I can.
Today, I ran nine miles. My total distance is down a little from my normal long run (I’ve battled leg muscle tightness lately), but I still get in a good run. Also, the heat and humidity of late summer have beat me down. I can’t drink enough water on the course. And I sweat enough to fill the Reservoir.
Today I ran the Natchez Trace and the accompanying Ridgeland Multipurpose Trails. I ended up doing nine miles and honestly, the last two miles were a challenge. Not because I am in terrible shape — but because my shoes get so full of sweat that it is like running with concrete blocks on my feet. Add to it fatigue from the first week of PLS — well, it was just a tough run.
But I did it. I burned about 1,300 calories and I saw several friends out running.
As I passed by “the Oak” (the one I always photograph), I thought about all the challenges this year has brought. I chugged on past it and smiled. I knew that no challenge can stop me as long as I do my homework.