Draaaagin My Stumps For A Long Run

I ran 24 miles today. Before I go into that, I need to back up a minute to let you know that Tuesday is lower body day at CrossFit and I did 5 rounds for time of 15 Snatches, 15 … Continue reading

Sunshine Rd 18miler

IMG_0944 IMG_0945 Lollygagged around the house preparing myself to go drive onto base (a route I’ve never taken) to run a road I’ve never seen. That just didn’t appeal to me. The enthusiasm that was a CrossFitter’s (killed the workout) high had worn off through the night and I was staring the 18mi realization square in the eyes.

The picture on the left is what I brought for post run. I never can predict what I’ll want so I bring everything. The almonds are soaking in salt water to soften them and provide some electrolytes.  The picture on the right is my camelback and the GU I brought. Hands free for the first time.

I left the house around 730 (a full 45min later than I wanted)… The sun was rising and my gosh it was gorgeous.  I arrived to my starting point around 820.  It was 44 degrees… It was time to warm up running down Sunshine Road

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IMG_0962I started to move. I felt stiff. Felt like I didn’t belong, I’ve been having some problems with my knee and ankle and I was whining about that inside my head.
1mi in…. Where the hell did that hill come from! I mean, Paul warned me it was hilly but I thought it was just because he is carrying a ruck while he’s out here
2.33mi  Pandora stopped playing???? No freakin’ service! So I seriously doubt MapMyRun is working…. I looked at my time on mapmyrun, started stopwatch and my music, and continued trotting
Soon after, I realize there are numbers on the road and I find myself wishing I had started at 0, but I didn’t. Damn.
I decided to run 1:39 one direction and then turn around and run back. I based my calculations on 10:30/mi with an extra 9min total due to the hills (and there were plenty, I assure you).
???mi holy mother of wonton soup… these hills never end.
???mi ow. ow. ow. my quads hurt. I should probably run this route more…. I clearly need the conditioning
???mi *keep checking time* WHY AM I NOT HALFWAY DONE YET.
?mi shit. I need to turn off this road, I still need to run for 12 more min.
FINALLY… halfway… let’s go home. I started up the mapmyrun app just to test and see if it would run and be remotely accurate without service 100% of the time.
IMG_0961I wish I was as tall as my shadow, then I could take less steps!
DON’T let the pretty blue sky distract you. This hill was a pain in my ass.
Up. Down. Up. Down.
Man, I feel great. This is awesome.
GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
Ow! My feet feel bruised.
My marathon is gonna kill me.
HEY LOOK! There’s the car!
Stop stopwatch, glance at MapMyRun…
9.33…… hmm…
Oh damn! I gotta peeeeeee.
*looks all around and finds a spot in the woods*

IMG_0967IMG_0970I went and tracked back… I did actually run 18.66mi… and it took me 3:11:40… I’ll take it! 🙂 My second half was about 8min faster than the first half 🙂

Then I went home to an attention starved pup and made myself a small midday breakfast feast. 🙂 We played fetch until she was exhausted and then I went to hang out with a friend for a few hours. I ate wings, ice cream, and played at Toy R Us. It was a great day.

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An Incredible 4day Weekend (ALMOST) Staycation

After long run Wednesday, Thursday was a rest day and that evening began my husband’s 4 day weekend

ImageFriday was a suuuuuuuuuper lazy day watching episode after episode of Supernatural until about 5pm when it was time to visit Imagethe box with a WOD I designed and then hit the pavement with Paul (the hubby).  We did “Bring Sally Up” as a squat challenge warm-up. He used 45# and I used 35#. That was fun and no joke. You warm up fast. I promise.  We did 5 minutes of other variations of stretching. Then it was time to work on some strength. We were searching for the one rep max (1RM) bench press. I completed the ugliest 95# possibly ever, but by golly, I got it. Triple digits seem to elude me though. I have 95 pound 1RM for bench, push press, and power clean (push press and power clean haven’t been tested in a few weeks). Anyway! Then we moved onto the mini-WOD. 15-12-9 Box Jumps, 53# Kettlebell Swings, DB Push Press (18#), and butterfly situps. It took both of us just over 6 min (I won, not that that matters. haha). Then we headed out for a 5mi trot with the pooch. 45 minutes later we were finished and headed up the road (on foot) to grab a burger for cheat meal! 🙂 We earned it! I had a DELICIOUS burger with egg, pepper jack cheese, guacamole, and some veggies. Words cannot describe how heavenly it truly was. Paul had a surf & turf burger which consisted of a deliciously seasoned burger (perfect for a seafood buddy) with crab meat and grilled onions. His was good, but mine won that battle. 🙂

Saturday I worked a ballgame at Auburn University and then went for a 3mi run with the dog that evening.  She was acting strange so it was not a fun run.  My dog seems to think that sewer drain lids are toxic or unstable or something. There were many on the route that I ran. No bueno.

Sunday was another lazy type day. Breakfast was delicious. Eggs with bison italian hot sausage, grilled peppers, grilled onions, and eggs… There were some household chores completed, grocery shopping did happen (and it was almost 100% clean. somehow M&Ms snuck in there. weird), and then we prepped a meal for the days I may not be able to and made dinner together. There were lots of Supernatural episodes again and I also finished a book. 🙂 It was a good day.

Ah. This brings us to today. Monday. Long run day thanks to work. Only 5 days after the other long run. I got up at 530… I had prepped all snacks and fluids the night before. I slept in my sports bra and shorts… less room for excuses.  I had forgotten to get GU or something similar… so my run fuel had to be creative. I took some plain dry roasted almonds, sprinkled some water and then salt on them to allow them to soak and soften overnight.  I also grabbed a piece of homemade protein bar.  Drank my cup of coffee and was out the door at 0700 without having to drag myself out.
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ImageIt was a cool and gorgeous morning.Image  I spent the first 6 miles running towards the sun. Watching the fog lift up off of the river. It was incredible. I chugged along at a happy little pace. Came across 3 Alligator warning signs… that’s always nice. 🙂 I walked while I consumed the salt-water almonds (DELISH!) at mi 6. Off I went again. The best part of the run truly was around mile 9-10 when the air smelled like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. I SWEAR IT DID.

ImageImageI have to give this area some credit. They are working wonders on the riverwalks and things. This is a new pedestrian bridge that opened last Wednesday.   It’s lovely. I ran across it Friday for the first time while running with Paul and Roxanne (the pup). I saved my favorite little loop for the end of my run because it rejuvenates me a little and I did some exploring. The goal was 16 mi in 2:45…. I got it done in 2:44. WIN. 🙂

Yes, yes I did wear my lucky neon green compression socks. I get compliments on them every time I go out in them. I have officially completed 4 runs in them (10, 13.1, 14, and 16mi). I will invest in more as soon as I have 50 dollars to spend on socks. I need new running shoes first. This Muzinos have been supporting this body for 3 years. ImageImage

I did run out of water right at the end. You can see the distress on my face. Haha. All in all… it was a good run.

Then when I got home, the hubby made me a delicious breakfast while I showered.  Dinner was my favorite… buffalo chicken meatloaf, mashed sweet potatoes, and california veggies with simply salt and pepper. 🙂

I enjoyed Paul’s staycation. I had to work so we can’t call it that for me… But I had an incredible (almost) stay-cation. 🙂