It’s that time again: long-run Saturday

 

I have two favorite days of the week: Thursday & Saturday. .. Okay, I have three favorite days.. Friday is also a favorite, mostly because it is followed my Saturday.

Thursday’s are my favorite because this is usually the day Chris gets home if he has been working out of town. Unfortunately this week he is STILL gone.

Fridays: end of the work week, and only a few hours until long-run Saturday.

Saturdays: long run day! I absolutely adore long run days. I have to, how else could I get up at 3:45am Saturday after Saturday? I might not always have the best run, and I might not be in the best mood, but I cherish the 90+ minutes that I get to spend with my friends.

Today started out no differently, alarm went off at 3:45, I snoozed it until 4. Got up, ate breakfast, got dressed, and rushed out the door at 5:15. I was almost late to the meet up spot, but good luck (and fast driving) had me arrive just in the knick of time.

It was incredibly humid this morning – When we started out the temps were hovering in the 70’s, and approximately 1,000,000% humidity {is it EVER going to cool down?}. I had to pee, but unfortunately there are no bathroom where we start in Longleaf, and we were starting to late to be able to use the bathroom at a nearby Strider house.. so I whimpered a little and the held it for the next 5 miles.

My first 5 miles were not fun. I ran in the back of the pack {which worked out since they front of the pack nearly got eaten by a big black snake!!} – I struggled to keep my pace steady, I felt like I was all over the place. My breathing was heavy, and I just felt out of it.

We hit the Starkey Park bathrooms around mile 5.3 – I finally got to pee, then Shannon & I turned around and headed pack to our starting point. The last 5 miles were somewhat better. The strap on my watch strap broke (again) so I didn’t know what pace we were running for the duration of the return trip.

I felt like we were hauling ass …. turns out we weren’t. 10 miles oct 2012

This was my last long run before the Halloween Halfathon next weekend.  I JUST registered for it..literally, while I was writing this post I remembered I needed to register so I went ahead and did it before I forgot.

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After we finished our run we grabbed some coffee from a local coffee joint then I headed over to The Shops at Wiregrass for the Pasco County Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k {walk}. 

The walk started at 9.. but 10 we had walked 1.5 miles ….. uhm.. I’m all for fundraising events, but an hour to walk 1.5 miles? Couldn’t do it. After the first lap I dipped out and headed home. Yell at me if you’d like, but I was hot, stinky & starving.

I raised money for the event individually and I also helped organize a bingo fundraiser – I felt like I did my part and didn’t feel to horrible about leaving the walk early.

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Now I’m just moping around the house waiting for Chris to get off work. I’m planning on doing some food prep for the coming week, and possibly some yoga..

We’ll see what the rest of the day brings.

 

How’s your weekend shaping up? Any races?
I know Allie ran a half marathon this morning! (Congrats girl!)

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This morning was a little rough – I was EXHAUSTED. I woke up Friday morning with a super awesome headache – it sucked the life out of me for the rest of the day.

When I got home from work I ran around the house like a crazy woman cleaning up because the Realtors were coming on Saturday. I finally made it into bed around 11, and was up at 3:30am to meet Shannon at 5:30 for our long run.

I ran a whopping 3 miles this week so I wasn’t quite sure how this 13 miler would go – the temperature was cooler this morning, but the humidity was hanging out in the 80% range .. better from last week, but still kind of high.

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I really enjoyed today’s run despite feeling like it was never going to end. Our pace was great, but the miles just dragged on & on & on.

I took a gel around mile 5 & mile 10. I debated whether or not to take the 2nd gel at mile 10 – I admit that fueling is an area I don’t know a whole lot about. I guess I just fuel based on how I feel. Today I was struggling a little bit, and even though we ONLY had 3 miles left… we still HAD 3 MILES LEFT and I didn’t want to crash.

I tried to take in more water, but I failed. I barely drank anything – I fail at drinking from my water belt. I just can’t remember to take in water, which is dumb since the belt is bouncing around on my hips and I’m fully aware that it is there.

I have found that I am getting better at taking gels on the run. Last race season I struggled with cramps after I took  a gel while continuing to run. Hopefully all this practice during training runs will lead to a good race day experience.

 

I am excited for race season to get started, but a little apprehensive because I’ve barely been running & I’m not sure I’m in PR shape right now.

I’m planning on running the Halloween Halfathon on October 28th, in Ft. Desoto with Jenny. I’m not sure what my plans are yet – either run w/ Jenny or try to PR – We don’t have a game plan down yet.

At last year’s Halloween Half, we had nice temperature but the wind was absolutely ferocious. I ran w/ my friend Sherry – We had a rough race {to put it nicely}.

We’ll see. I’m not putting any pressure on myself to PR at this half – I was not planning on running it but some plans got changed around and some time opened up in my weekend.

Do you have any races coming up soon, which race?

21 hours

Friday at 4pm I text Shannon and said, “I think I’m going to meet you at 5 so I can get a long run in.”

My previous plans were to skip the run & start my day at the bingo fundraiser that I was helping out with .. But once I started to think about the day I was going to have, and the things I’d be doing – I decided a long run was in order. I NEEDED to get that run in if I was going to survive the day.

I got up at 3am on Saturday morning, ate breakfast, got dressed, and headed out the door to meet Shannon, Christina & Cynthia at Long Leaf where we would start our long run journey.

We ran a few miles in the community of Long Leaf then headed towards our normal Saturday run spot, Starkey Park. The park doesn’t open until 6:30, so when we arrived at 5:45 we had to come up with a plan B. We headed down the road a little ways to a 7-11 (so I could pee) .. 

it was so dark. Very few street lights. I had my headlight, and Shannon had a flashlight, but it was still so dark. I hate running in the complete dark; It makes me feel off balance – I also didn’t have my contacts in (bc I’m out) so that made me feel even worse..

Besides the darkness, and feeling off balance, I felt pretty good. It was insanely humid (surprise!) but besides that it was okay. I think the temp was 74 when we went out, 91% humidity … but that’s pretty much normal for Florida – I don’t think the humidity is ever going to drop – and the cooler temperatures are never showing up.

We will just be stuck in a place with hot & humid air forever. womp womp

When we returned to Starkey it was 6:40 & we already had 10 miles in – Shannon headed into the park because she still needed 12 miles (her last long run before MCM, woot woot!) but for cynthia, christina & myself; our plans were to run back to Long Leaf which was 4 miles from Starkey so we didn’t go in the park – we headed back.

I’ve only run 14 miles one other time. At Ragnar, at 3am.

Miles 11 & 12 were okay, 13 & 14 were a bit of a struggle. I had to stop twice and stretch my calves & IT bands. I was alone for the last 2 miles. Cynthia had pulled ahead, and Christina had fallen behind.. I definitely do not like running by myself in the dark. so spooky.

Fueling: I don’t know why, but every time I start at long leaf I forget to drink water. I wear a fuel belt, so I have access to water, I just forget. Yesterday was no different. I barely drank any water .. I took a gel at mile 5 (drank water then) & another gel at mile 10 (drank more water there) but besides that I think I had a sip of water maybe one or two other times.. Not exactly smart on a 14 mile run w/ 1,000,000% humidity.

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Over all I felt pretty good, and I’m pleased with my run. I definitely needed to run Saturday morning !

Right after my run (I stretched a for a few minutes) then rushed home, showered, put on some pink, and headed to the Knights of Columbus where I helped with “Bingo to Save the TaTa’s” fundraiser. It was a pretty big success, the people around here LOVE their bingo!

I headed out of bingo at 1:30, rushed home, changed clothes again, then jumped in the car for the 2 hour drive to Davenport where we were having dinner with Chris’ Mom for her b-day. We ate dinner at Cracker Barrel.

I ordered the Chef Salad (which was HUGE) & a {plain} sweet potato. The salad was good .. it’s a salad, which I don’t LOVE, but it was fine. Chris’ cousin makes cakes professionally, so she had brought Annie {my mother in law} a cake.

IT WAS SO GOOD.. yes, yes, I had did have a little slice, and it was heavenly. The butter cream ….. oh mmmmm the butter cream, I could have licked it right off the cake, so good! and the chocolate cake.. YUM, so moist, so tasty!! Dare I say it rivaled Publix cake {which is the best cake EVER!}

After dinner we headed over to Kissimmee to Old Town – old town is the epitome of touristy.. white sneakers everywhere, fanny packs, the works .. but they have some pretty cool rides, which is what Ann wanted to do .. She did the slingshot & the sky coaster – neither of which my little butt would get on.

We {chris & i} left Old Town around 10:30 …. I finally crawled into bed at 12:15.. 21 hours after I had woken up for my long run.. LONGEST DAY EVER, but well worth it.

 

I think this might be the longest post, with the fewest pictures ever.

oh you know, just for fun

 

 

There are only so many things I can say about long run Saturday’s, and I say the same things pretty much every Saturday that includes a long run – so I’ll just cut to the chase and tell you how the run went.

 

It was strangely cool this morning, I guess Fall was peeking her little head in on the first official day of the season. Despite the fact that it was 90% humidity it really was kind of cool and we had a lot of cloud cover, so that definitely helped.

 

 

Shannon had 20 miles on her schedule today so I decided I’d run the final 13 miles of her 20. She wanted to keep an 8:30 pace and that sounded great to me. I met up with her & Jackie at Starkey Park and we headed out around 6:45.

 

The run went by rather uneventfully. I felt great. I took a gel at mile 4 – I later decided I should have waited, OR took another gel later in the run. The last 2-3 miles I felt tired, and hungry. Besides that, I had a great run. My shoes felt great – they fit my feet very well. I didn’t have any pain on the top of my foot, and the bottoms of my feet weren’t sore either (which was a problem I was having w/ the super feet inserts).

 

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It felt great to run side-by-side with Jackie & Shannon. It was nice to be running amongst friends, just the three of us cruisin’ down the trail. Sometimes there was silence, sometimes there was chatter – it was so relaxing. If you’re not a runner, I’m sure you’re wondering how 13 miles could ever be relaxing.. well, it is. Just something about running in the morning with friends that just starts the day off right.

 

After we finished our run I was thinking back to last year when I was hoping to run a sub 1:50 half & how I would have been thrilled to have a 13 mile training run under 1:50. I feel like I’ve definitely made some progress over the last year, and I’m looking forward to what this race season has in store for me.

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For comparison, splits from a run in October 2011.

 

I think today’s long run was rejuvenating. I’m feeling good about running again. Maybe taking last week off helped, maybe running some fewer miles this week helped, or maybe it was just the cooler temperatures that didn’t suck the life out of me – whatever it is, I loved running today. There was no, “this sucks. why am I doing this?” feeling. It felt crazy to be out running 13 miles for no good reason, but it felt good.

 

I needed that.

Saturday ramblings

 

Yesterday I went to the Orthopedic Dr and had my foot checked. All is well with el foot. He said I have a “tarsal boss” which is basically just a bony process. According to the Dr, some people choose to have them shaved down. Uhm, I think I’ll just try to find shoes that don’t bother it, thanks.

 

 

After my Ortho appointment I headed over to my local running store (shout out to Suncoast Running) to try & find some shoes that don’t torture my “tarsal boss.” That makes me laugh.. anyways, poor Tracey was nice enough to help me find shoes…again. We decided to try the Adrenaline GTS 12’s again w/ the super feet insert. I tried them on, ran on the treadmill, and liked them. They felt good.

 

I tried on a few more pairs, but decided to just go back to the Adrenalines.

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so pretty!

Since the Dr. said my foot was fine, I decided to head out with the Striders for a long run. Originally I was going to do 8, then Friday night I decided on 10, then 4 miles into the 10 I decided 8 sounded like a better plan after all. I was really struggling (although my pace does not show this). The air was THICK. Shannon mentioned the forecast showed 97% humidity..that is disgusting, and horrible. Is it Fall yet?

My legs felt tight, and my heart felt like it was going to explode out of my chest. 8 miles was the right decision.

 

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At the 4 mile turn around Chris (not my Chris.. friend Chris from running group) said he was going to take it easy on the remaining 4 miles. YAY! Then, in the last mile, he says, “let’s run an interval back. the faster we run, the faster it’s over.”  Uh, sure? I ran 1/2 mile, stopped to walk, then Chris got up with me and we sprinted the remainder of the final mile…. that is why you see our last mile at 7:42, if it weren’t for Chris, I can assure you that last mile would have been a 9’er. I was beat. It was hot, and I was SO over it.

 

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you didn’t actually think I was going to go an entire post w/o putting up a completely ridiculous picture, did you?

c’mon, you should know me better than that.

Reflections on the run: I was happy to be running for the first 4 miles, then I don’t know what happened, but it just started to suck. I don’t think I went out to fast, I’ve had several sub-8, 8 mile runs. It was really humid – I’m not even exaggerating. It was gross. I haven’t run a whole lot over the last 3 weeks. I only ran once this week, and that was on Monday. My legs are also a little beat up from the WOD’s this week.
Overall, I’m content with the run. 8:09avg is nothing to scoff at, that’s a great pace.
But seriously, I’m over the heat, and I’m ready for some cold weather. Not cool weather, COLD.

 

 

After my run I wasn’t feeling so hot. I came home, showered, and crawled in bed. I slept for 2 hours, and now I’ve spent the rest of the day curled up on the couch. That’s a pretty awesome Saturday if I do say so myself!

Chris is about to grill some chicken wings.. yes, I know they aren’t clean. No, I don’t care. I WANT HOT WINGSSS!

Do you want to brag about your weekend workout? Or any work out from this week?

Go ahead, do it here! I want to hear about your fantastic workout. Or if your workout sucked, you can whine about that too.

it was a good good day

I didn’t spring right out of bed like usual this Saturday morning: I slept through my alarm for about 30 minutes, and then when I did wake up, I still hesitated to get out of bed. After I gave myself a talkin’ to I got up, and made my way to the kitchen for coffee & oatmeal.

Shannon & I had 12 miles scheduled for Saturday – we met the rest of the group at Starkey & headed out for our run around 6:45.

 

My left foot was bothering me quite a bit on Friday, so I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make the full 12 miles. I went into the running telling myself it was okay to turn around if my foot started to act up to much.

The humidity was high, but we had some nice cloud cover for the majority of our run so the heat didn’t seem to bad.. dare I say it was somewhat pleasant –

You know you’re from Florida when you’re saying 73 with 100% humidity is pleasant … hey, we’ll take what we can get around here.

We ran the first 4 miles with Jackie, Rachel & David.. JM was along for the first couple of miles, but cut out early.. I forget her excuse Winking smile   —

My foot started hurting pretty much immediately. David asked how it was feeling and I just grunted something about it was hurting and I didn’t know if I’d make it the full 12 miles. Then the pain went away, then it came back. It did that pretty much the entire run. Frustrating to say the least.

At mile 4 we stopped for a water/fuel break. . I retied my shoe at mile 4 – I tied it so that the tongue couldn’t slip around. I was hoping that this would take the pressure off the top of my foot.

Me & Shannon at mile 4

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Rachel, David & Jackie turned around at the 4 mile mark; Shannon & I forged ahead

My foot continued to bother me off & one for the duration of our run. It wasn’t to painful that I couldn’t handle it – It’s really wasn’t even painful, just annoying and frustrating.

Despite the high humidity I was feeling really good. I thoroughly enjoyed the run, and was so glad to be out on the trail. Mentally I felt strong, physically I was feeling awesome. I did start to fatigue a little in the last 2 miles, but with Shannon right ahead of me I had someone to focus on and to keep me going. I can’t quit in the last 2 miles. That’s when I need to dig deep and push on.

We picked up the pace over the last 6 miles, and ended up with an 8:06avg for our 12 mile run. Definitely happy with that pace! 7:52 & 7:53 for miles 11 & 12? Yes please, I’ll take it.

I am really looking forward to my next half marathon!

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DSCN1727(you’re welcome for that old picture. Neither of us even look like that anymore)

Last weekend Jenny & I planned on heading over to the beach this weekend. and thennnnnnnn Tropical Storm Isaac showed up and threatened to rain on our parade. I decided I’d head down to her house after my long run & we could just hang out rather than going to the beach. 

I got to her house around… I don’t know what time it was. 10 maybe? We talked, and talked, and talked, and talked..  We got showers around 12 (she had done a 28 mi ride that morning) then started lunch. For some reason we always eat pizza for lunch when we are together. We love some pizza! Publix has some seriously awesome pre-made pizza dough so we usually go that route.

There are no pictures of this pizza.. but believe me, it was good. We used 1 can tomato sauce, pizza seasoning, green peppers, bacon & onions + mozzarella cheese. Baked for 18 minutes, and voila! easy to make, tasty to eat pizza!

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Our goal for the day was to drive down to Longboat Key where we are planning on doing the majority of our 18, 20, & 22 mile runs for our March marathon. Jenny & her Hubz ride their bikes down there and love the area, so we went to scope it out.

It looks perfect!! Sidewalks & shade, and public bathrooms – What more do you need on a long run?

I can’t go to Jenny’s house w/o stopping for froyo at Yogurt Mountain. We didn’t have a frozen yogurt place in my county until Friday (they JUST opened) so froyo is always a yummy treat when I go over to Jenny’s neck of the woods.


delicious!  Blueberry tart froyo + old time vanilla bean.. need I say more?

I made it home around 6:45pm and crashed in bed. I seriously put my pjs within minutes of walking in the door. grabbed my computer & headed for bed.

I was dead asleep by 10:30, and didn’t get out of bed this morning until 9.
GLORIOUS!

 

 

Today we are spending the day waiting.
waiting to see if T.S. Isaac is going to turn once it hits the Gulf.. Waiting for the rain & wind to start. Just waiting.

 

Hopefully you’re Sunday is more fun than ours!

one–one thousand, two–one thousand

I love Saturday mornings.
I love being awake by myself.
eating breakfast & drinking coffee
preparing for my long run.

and then it thunders, and starts pouring.

Dang.

I checked the radar and there was a band of rain but it was in my area, not where I run, so I thought I would be safe. I didn’t think much else about the storm, and continued on with my morning.

Love Saturday morning photo shoots in the bathroom
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I can’t help but to have a stupid look on my face that early in the morning.. you should see some of the other ones… or maybe you shouldn’t.

 

I saw lightening the whole drive from my house to the park where we run. It was pouring about 10 miles from the park. Facebook reports said there was thunder.

but I trucked onward.

You’d be surprised how many people will show up to run even when it’s about to storm. Some called it quits before we left because the storm was moving our way.

some went running…some got wet
yep.

I knew I wasn’t going to make it the full 12, so I ran 3 out with Rachel, then we turned around and came back for a whopping 6 miles. It started to really rain just as we were coming into the parking lot, but the thunder and lightening were way to close for comfort.

 

Despite being cut short, it was really good run. Running can be so therapeutic. Not necessarily the act of running. For me, running is a time to talk – depending on who I’m running with, of course. I won’t tell just anyone my business (don’t you feel special Rachel?)

I guess it relaxes me. I mean, what else are you going to do for 50 minutes while you run? You might as well talk, right?

Poor Rachel. She let me ramble on about things that are going on in my life. Sometimes you just need to talk. You don’t necessarily need someone to talk back; just someone to listen. Sometimes it’s easier to sort out your feelings when you say them out loud.

So Thanks Rachel for letting me spill on you today. It was needed. … and Thanks to Jenny & Shannon who’ve been fantastic friends and let me cry to them when things get tough.
(and before you start assuming things, my marriage is fine. Thanks for asking.)

 

well this post just turned a little mushy, huh?

 

Tomorrow morning I’ll wake up early again and attempt to get in 10 miles. Let’s cross our fingers that the weather is better than today!

rough conditions

Rarely in life do things go exactly the way we plan, at least for me. If you’ve figured out how to make things go exactly like you plan, every time, please tell me your secret!

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Waking my Pops up so he could move his truck was not in my plans for Saturday morning, and I can assure you getting woken up that early wasn’t in his plans either.

This last week I paid extra attention to how much water I was drinking(win!). I tried to eat enough (I didn’t) and tried to get all my workouts in (I didn’t).

I knew I had a hard run coming up on Saturday, and I wanted to be properly hydrated & fueled. Usually I eat 2 english muffins for breakfast before long runs, but this time I wanted to try out oatmeal to see if it would stick longer.
answer: nope. I was hungry by time I got to the gates at Starkey Park.
Haven’t figured out how to fix this problem yet.
I also drank a bottle of water with breakfast, and drank about 8oz of gatorade/water mix on my drive to the park.

long run time: It didn’t feel AS hot on Saturday morning, but I  knew as soon as the sun came up it was get hot quick, and it did.
The first 4 miles were okay, but I was struggling.
The goal was 12 miles at 7:55avg.
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Obviously we didn’t meet our goal.
But I’m not upset about it.
I had a good run. I gave it everything I had. I held nothing back.
I checked weather.com when I got back to my car.
It said current temp was 82, but felt like 90.
so, an 8:16avg in 90 degree heat. yah. I’ll take it.
but is it winter yet?

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There was a lot of self-talk going on doing that run. I kept telling myself that I could do this. I was in shape to run this pace. Keep the negative thoughts out, positive thoughts only. Never quit. mental toughness.
IT was rough out there.

I ran with a fuel belt and drank 10oz water/gatorade mix. an unknown amount of water. 2 powerbar green apple gels.
also poured an unknown amount of water over my head.
I was soaked by time we made it back to the parking lot.

By mile 9 my calves were feeling crampy. I woke up early saturday morning with a Charley horse in my left calf – so that was awesome  sucked.
Probably need to invest in some salt tabs.

 

It’s really hard to avoid self doubt during a tough run like that. Really hard.
It’s really hard to not second guess my decision to run a full marathon.

The good thing about these tough runs: they help me build up mental toughness.
they will also help me run faster when the weather cools down.

 

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Saturday, July 14th..what a day.

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How was your Friday the 13th? Mine was normal; like any other Friday.

Saturday the 14th was a real beast.
I had a funny feeling when I woke up this morning. I kept thinking, “I should stay home. I should go back to bed.” But, I didn’t. I ate my english muffins, drank my coffee & water and headed out the door by 5:45am.

Today I took my water belt…which didn’t work out in my favor.
I also took my keys with me on my run. Why? I don’t know. I never do this.

I knew within the first mile that this run was going to suck. To bad for me since I had 9 more miles. The humidity was thick in the air this morning. It was nasty. I felt ocean belly; which I’ve read means dehydrated. I don’t see how I could possibly have been dehydrated. I’ve been drinking WAY more water than normal.

I ran the first few miles w/ Rob. We talked a little, but I was struggling, and he’s not a big talker; I put my headphones in and tried to zone out.

Mile 4: 7:57, also known as: the mile where it starts to fall apart. I didn’t stop at the 4 mile water stop since I had my fuel belt. I stopped @ the 5 mile turn around, took a green apple power bar gel, drank some water, and took off again.

Maybe I waited to long to take a gel? I usually take one at mile 4.

5 miles sure seems like a long way when you’re struggling.
Every step was rough
By mile 7.5 I felt like I was in someone else’s body. My feet and legs weren’t not communicating.
and NO ONE was communicating with my lungs.
and everyone was communicating with my brain. My whole body was just bitching.
bitch, bitch, bitch.


#neverquit

My water belt is definitely to big so it was bouncing all over the place. If I pushed it to far down on my hips, it was to tight and restricting my legs. Wearing it around my waist isn’t even an option. That drove me crazy for 10 miles. I’m selling it. $25. 4 bottle amphipod fuel belt. Goes for $46 on running warehouse, and I paid $35.

Today was a bit of a rude awakening. My last couple of runs have been incredible. Today was like, “OH HEY, by the way, it’s summer. In Florida.”

last mile 9:00. I can’t remember the last time I saw a 9 minute mile as my last mile.
I was unhappy with how tough this run was (mentally & physically), but ecstatic to be done with that run.
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Lesson I learned today:
If you pop your trunk via key fob, then throw your fuel belt (including keys) in your trunk, and shut the trunk. It won’t reopen. Popping the trunk from the key fob, does not, I repeat DOES NOT unlock your trunk.

freakin’ fail.

I was locked out of my car for about 5 hours today. That sucked.
Chris is out of town.
My Dad is in Tampa.
A fantastic friend called AAA.
the AAA guy tried for 2 minutes to unlock my car then decided he couldn’t do it.
well thanks guy.

My friend, Tom, was SO kind and stayed with me while I figured out what the hell I was going to do. I ended up having to call my Dad and have him come from Tampa to pick me up, take me to my house, get my key, then take me back to my car.

No one else could take me to my house because I had no way to get in. Since my Dad lives with us part time he has keys & a garage door opener. Climbing through the window isn’t simple unless you just happen to be carrying around an extension ladder….and apparently most people don’t. hmph.

I finished my run around 8:15am. I got home, with my car at 1pm.
OH!! AND the park put a ticket on my car because the year of my parking pass couldn’t be seen. don’t worry, I paid in pennies, nickels & dimes. $1.10 in pennies, the other .90 in nickels & dimes.

I’m a jerk, but c’mon. At least just leave a note asking me to stop by the office and show the stupid parking pass. If I wasn’t in such a foul mood I would have stopped and argued w/ them about it. But I know how I am when I’m in a bad mood, and I would have just looked like a gigantic ass … not that paying in pennies is much better, but at least no one got cussed at.

and that’s that. Now I’m going to lay on the couch and read the first book in the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell… I’ve already read quite a few of this series, but I want to read the whole thing.

I hope your Saturday was better than mine; If it wasn’t, feel free to tell me about it so I can feel better about mine Winking smile

sleeping in is over-rated anyways, right?

I need a third day this weekend. One where I can sleep past 4:20am. For the 2nd day in a row I got up early to run.

Chris says I’m crazy.
I kind of believe him.

A few weeks ago an invite went out on Facebook for a trail run over in Tampa. I haven’t done much trail running, but I like to change up the scenery so I decided I’d give it a go..
The worst part of this whole deal is that the trail is 1.5hrs away from my house. ugh. Thankfully there’s not much traffic on a Sunday at 5:30am.

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I am beat up, y’all.

I enjoy the change of scenery that trail running brings, but I am not a trail runner. Roots, and mosquitos the size of godzilla… no thanks. I ate dirt once, almost twice. My right knee has a scrap on it, and I’m sure by tomorrow there will be an awesome bruise. The second time I almost ate it I was running along trying to take a drink of water when BAM I tripped, and choked. At that point, I was over it. Unfortunately for me, we were at mile 7… only 3 miles to go. yay. {sarcasm}.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to go down to Tampa and run, but it’s not something that I would do regularly. Thanks to Scott& Tara for the invite.


Last week didn’t exactly go as planned; I forgot there was a holiday on Wednesday when I made my running/workout schedule. I woke up late on Wednesday so running wasn’t an option- I suppose I could have run on the treadmill, but my runs on the treadmill need to start coming to an end. SOON.

Monday  I took a rest day because I was feeling like crap.

Tuesday I planned 5 miles + a 45 min ride.  I actually ran 5 miles, but did intervals on the TM. No bike ride. + upper body weight sesh

Wednesday I planned to run 4 mi & ride 30 min. I forgot it was a holiday and woke up to late to run. So I did 30 minutes easy on the bike, level 3 & then 45 minutes of intervals on the bike. 5 minutes at level 3, 5 minutes at level 8.

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Thursday I planned on doing 4 miles + 30 min ride. I only ran 4 miles (outside) + did an upper body weight sesh

Friday I planned on doing a 60 minute ride, instead I took another rest day since I knew I had a long weekend coming up.

Saturday I told myself I was going to 6-7 easy miles. Well, we know how that turned out don’t we? 8 hard  miles. oops.

Sunday I planned 10 miles at Trout Creek Park… and if you’ve read this post at all, then you already know it happened and it whooped my butt.

I ended up with 26.74 miles for the week.

I’m done here. I need to go lay on the couch and relax for the rest of the evening. I spent far to long planning meals and my workout schedule.
More on that tomorrow.