Hi all! Whhooooo, what a week this has turned out to be. While I love being busy, my life currently feels crazy, and I'm looking forward to things getting settled back into a routine real quick!! Up first...my race report from
Nicole and I headed out to the trail to take on these 8.25 miles (we had long runs scheduled for the day, but decided to dedicate the first 8.25 to MCM mamma!!) Before we left, I went to get my I fitness belt out and. what. the. hell. I forgot it. Who can run 16 miles with no belt to hold important things like Gu and my phone?!? Our work had recently given us these sweet coolers that hold 3 cans of beer...or beverage of your choice. Desperate times call for desperate actions, so I strapped that bad boy around my waist and we were off. Not before a few hilarious pictures of my mismatched outfit and way cool "cooler belt."
We set off and decided to take an amazing video (which I was hoping to link here, but we are having trouble getting it to upload)...and stopped a few places along the way to take pictures and/or videos. At our Gu stop at mile 4, we have the "how not to eat Gu" video...chocolate outrage like chocolate frosting for MCM's birthday cake. While it was tasty...it did burn a little when it came out of my nose. Seriously, it should be illegal to have this much fun on a run!! The 8.25 miles were not super speedy, but were amazingly fun!!
Unofficial race time: 1 hour 26 minutes
Our friend Sami met us at mile 8, and we continued on our way. Nicole found a sweet heart shaped leaf which we stopped to take a picture with...
From mile 1 to 12, I felt pretty good. I wasn't running super fast, but was keeping a steady pace. Nicole and Sami decided to run ahead to keep a quicker pace for a minute and I was really trying to focus on keeping my pace steady and a little quicker for mile 11-14. At mile 12, my Ipod died. UUUGGGHHH. Nicole brought me hers and said, pick it up, you can PR your half marathon time right now. So I turned her jams on and ran. Sweetness...13.1 and my time was 2:12...sweet!! Kick it up...and her Ipod died at mile 14 along with my legs. I really needed to eat another Gu, but I had no water and that's something that I can't do. At this point, I'm tired, being eaten by mosquitoes, I can feel my toes burning and blistering (especially the one with NO toenail!), my legs feel like lead. Two miles. 8 laps. Get it together. I can do this. 20 steps later...I am going to die. This is not possible. What was I thinking. 20 steps later. Get it together. Finish strong. and it continues like this for all of mile 14 and 15. I'm starting to think that the long run is way more of a mental battle than actual physical. I get to mile 15 and the end is nearly in sight. Only one more mile, right? At 15.5 my calves cramped up. I wanted to get on my hands and knees and crawl the rest of the way. I wanted to cry, but I didn't even have tears to cry because I needed water so badly. I ended up walk/running the last bit...and crawled up the steps to Nicole's apartment because I could barely walk.
Mark this run up to a lesson learned. I'm a little nervous about my long run next weekend, but I think there were a lot of differences from my first long run. We changed our long run date this week to Thursday night after work. Usually I run first thing in the morning. It was a lot harder working a full 8 hour day running around, stretching people, spending 4 hours in a pool and then hitting the trail rather than rolling out of bed and hitting the trail. I think I'm going to keep my long runs on the weekend for sure!!
We changed our run because we had a wedding this weekend! I had an amazing time with great friends...here's a little film strip from the picture booth!
Because Nicole was in the wedding, her bfriend and I ended up hanging out for most of the evening until Nic's bridesmaid duties were fulfilled. So. Much. fun.
Here's a quick recap of week 9 training...
Sunday: 3 miles recovery after a brown bottle flu from Saturday
Monday: 5 miles through the park! The weather was a little cooler which made it much nicer!
Tuesday: Treadmill/interval training with Nick x 39 minutes
Thursday: 16 miles:/ 2 hr 59 minutes
Friday: Core/arm workout with Nick
As it gets closer and closer, I'm getting more and more nervous. The long runs are becoming less and more scary if that's even possible. I just have to remember that my number one goal is to finish!
I hope everyone had an amazing weekend!
Hoping to post the winner of the giveaway tomorrow!