I was strangely eager for today's long run. I'm pretty sure it was because the schedule 'actually' had 13 miles planned and not '10 or 11' with me doing '13 just because.' I love seeing my weekly long runs creep up in mileage and get far too excited about it.
Of course it started with the usual long run prep: Write message on white board, fill fuel bottles, stash chews/gels in my fuel belt, breakfast of champs and snap pics of my new Smart Wool socks. :) Note to self: remember to fill fuel bottles next Saturday evening and NOT Sunday morning. Mixing nuun water and opening those tricky Gatorade bottles are a nuisance and takes me far tooooo long to do it...lol.
I wore capris today!!! It was 9 degrees Celsius when I left my house. :0 What is up with this weather???
Today I ran along the main road in the opposite direction of yesterday's run. I ventured in the same subdivision that I once got lost in during a 20 miler....lol. I have zero sense of direction. True.
At about 5.5 miles I felt hungry, which is actually my body's way of telling me to drink up. I really enjoyed my Grape nuun water on the run...mmm.
I thought I'd take a few Honey Stinger chews at 9 miles and as I was gulping them down I ran into Courteney! We ran together for almost 2 miles and chatted. I tried to convince her to go further with me, but I was unsuccessful...lol. I'm totally a solo runner, but it's surprising to me how much I love chatting the miles away with someone on a long run.
8:11 avg. pace/mile
After I was all showered up I headed over to Cherry Berry for a frozen yogurt date with Matt. What a great long-run-reward!
Cherry Berry left my paws cold but don't worry, it was nothing a nice Vanilla latte couldn't fix. ;)
Week 4/18 of my Boston Marathon training plan is complete. :D For some reason Daily Mile has rounded up my 13.6 miler to 14....just so you know.
I'm currently blogging, drinking a protein shake, doing dinner prep and smelling the awesomeness of meatballs in the oven. :D Gotta replenish those glycogen stores with a lovely pasta dinner you know. ;)
Thanks for spending some of your Sunday with GGR. :)