Saturday, October 8, 2011

17 miles? Done! Now, it’s vacation time!

by Meghann on October 8, 2011

5:00am wake up.

5 hours of sleep.

17 miles on the schedule.

5 Days of vacation starting at noon.

Let’s do this thing!

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Chomp!

My goal was to branch out from my normal neighborhood route and do an out and back along the main road I live on. I didn’t realize it until I took off that I must not have run this route in the dark before. It was pitch black and – despite the blinking light I wear on my fuel belt – I was really nervous on my own.

I ran with only one earbud in and was super aware of my surroundings. I began to see the light when I made it to the heavily lit main road at mile 3 and the sun FINALLY rose at mile 9.

I had a gu chomp every three miles and refilled my water bottle at a Wal-Mart, Publix, and Walgreens along the way.

The 17 miles weren’t easy. I felt undertrained and had several ‘what the heck and I am doing’ thoughts that plagued the first half of my run. There were SEVERAL time I wanted to give up and just go home. It wasn’t until I got to the turn around point – and knew I was halfway done – that the ‘you can do this!’ thoughts started. It’s funny how much easier a run begins to feel once your halfway done.

I took it one mile at a time until I saw lucky 17 appear.

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Done!

And just a tad crazy in the head.

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I immediately made a recovery smoothie in a bowl.

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In the mix:

  • Frozen Cherries
  • Frozen Pineapple
  • Ice
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Chocolate Protein Powder
  • Chia Seeds

On top:

  • Cinnamon Quaker Oatmeal Squares
  • Good Run Granola

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What’s that? It’s vacation time now? Sweet!

We’re off on a FIVE day cruise!!!!

I will have some internet access on the ship, but I plan to unplug as much as possible this coming week. This means no twitter, Facebook, or 24/7 access to gmail – the horror!

I have a few posts scheduled go up next week and I’ll be dropping in for a few updates about out time at sea. I’ll respond to comments and emails when I return – thanks in advance for your patience!

It’s cruise time!!

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FLASHBACK!

Bahamas Cruise – July 2009 – Vacation with Derek

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