I can’t believe it was just ONE week ago that I ran 16 fabulous miles with friends in Chicago! After getting spoiled by running with such fabulous partners last weekend, I was excited to have recruited a few Charlotte runners for today’s 15 mile long run.
First things first, running fuel…
PB2 and jelly on whole wheat English muffins. Yum.
Casey wasn’t running quite as far today (and he’s also much faster), so he dropped me off at 8am so that I could get an hour’s head start on the run. It was probably already close to 80 degrees when I started, not good. I rocked my favorite new Target tank again, which appears to be SOLD OUT at every Target in Charlotte (and also not online!). Must find more of these…
I started out feeling pretty good, despite the fact that I was drenched in sweat by the time I reached the first mile marker. I ran two miles out, and then turned around to head back towards my water bottle, filled with delicious homemade sports drink. After a short break, I ran back out for 3 more miles before heading back to pick up the lovely Michelle!
Don’t worry, she didn’t punch me in the face – that’s just last night’s eye makeup smudged all over my sweaty face. Whoops. Poor Michelle thought she was going to get in a good run, and I made her walk half the time. By 10am the humidity on the trail by the creek was INSANE. We did short intervals of running and lots of walk breaks. By mile 10 my legs were draaaaaagging. Slowly but surely, after 12 miles total (for me), we looped back around and picked up two more partners – Diana and Brittany!
Diana is training for her very first 5k right now – very exciting! When I first started running, I started completely from scratch using the Couch to the 5K program – alternating running and walking a minute at a time. Diana is a total beginner, and she busted out running a full mile with no problem. Impressive.
Also impressive was how dirty my legs were from running on the goopy trail.
The run was long, very hot, and involved more walking breaks than I am proud of – but even so, I covered 15 miles, which is what I set out to do. Check!
Many thanks to a very patient Casey for waiting a million hours for me to finish. (Oh my god, go wash your face!)
Halfway through my run with Michelle, the subject of coffee came up. For the next 7 miles, all I thought about was slamming an iced coffee the minute my run was over. Casey was nice enough to turn that a reality for me.
With 15 miles of hell and a large coffee under my belt, the next thing on my mind was FOOD. I started making lunch the minute I walked in the door.
Two of my favorite vegetable masala burgers from Trader Joe’s, open faced on an English muffin.
Along with a mountain of green beans tossed in coconut oil…
No placemat because they are PACKED – whohooo!
After lunch, a running/food coma set in, and this happened…
I passed out cold on the carpet for almost an hour. We have sold off a lot of our furniture, and so much wide open carpet space was just too tempting to not lay down on. Clearly Indy never misses an opportunity for napping/harassment.
Now I am dragging my SORE body around for a bit more packing, before a fun dinner with company. Happy Sunday!