I was a little worried this weekend about having to do 18 miles. I completely skipped last weekend because of work commitments. So I was sort of double afraid of doing my longest run yet even though I had worked out every day this week. I had planned to go Saturday morning but had so much fun Friday night I was too cozy in bed to get up and go. So I waited till today. Once I finally got out of bed, snuggled with goose, had coffee, had some food, procrastinated, and then procrastinated some more-I got ready and left.
I had planned to go the same route on the Iron Horse Trail that I used for my 16 miler and just go out an extra mile. When I left at 9:30 am, it was already sunny and gorgeous with a great cool breeze. But I was thinking about when I would get back and worrying that it was going to be quite warm by then. I got lucky and it stayed nice. Wish I had thought a little more about putting some sunscreen on though. I got fried. I have a terrible sunburn in the pattern of a sports bra. ouch.
Todays run pretty much went like this:
I really need gum.
I dont like the cran-razz flavor Clif gels.
My mouth is so dry how can I get gum?
I dont think I like gels.
I'm going too fast.
I'm going to slow.
I'm SO slow.
Woohoo, im halfway to the halfway point!
I should call Red and have him pick me up I cant do this!
I got this.
I hate cyclists-except the ones that actually follow the rules and call out "on your left"
Is this downhill?
Wow, Im making good time.
I think Im going to do my fastest 13.1! (I did but I sort of cheated b/c I had my garmin on auto pause-which means it stops time when I stop).
Wow, I need to walk.
Get running! You can do it.
Walk some more.
Im starving. Did I bring my debit card? Yes! Im stopping at Whole Foods and getting a clif bar or protein bar or Pirates booty or a pie.
Where are the protein bars? Where? Where???
Aha. Yes. Yum. Stretch.
4 miles to go.
I can't believe it used to be so hard for me to go 4 miles.
3.8 to go...
walk. run. walk. run run run!!!
oh thank god. I did it.
I was gone for 4 hours. But due to my many stops and the grocery run, my runkeeper time was 3:37 and my Garmin 3:29 (I didnt always pause my run keeper when I would stop for water or whatever.)
Red and Nolan greeted me at the house with a cold lemon lime Gatorade and a cold wet towel! And it was done. Next week is an 8 miler. Then my big one-20 miles.
Im looking forward to that 8 miles.