As I inch closer and closer to the Chicago Marathon, my mileage is slowly starting to creep up. Just a few weeks ago I remember struggling with twelve miles in the heat and this morning I set out to conquer eighteen. It’s pretty surreal.
I can still remember the first time I ran 18 miles over a year and a half ago now. I remember setting out on my own in the dark and ready to embrace a new journey I had never been on. There’s something exciting and thrilling about running a new distance and after that 18 I felt like I was on cloud.
This morning I hoped to recreate that same feeling.
Last night I prepped for my early morning run by filling my camelbak with gatorade, setting my alarm for a god awful time for a Saturday, and prepping a stomach friendly breakfast.
One Arnold’s Thin with Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter and Strawberries. 🙂
I was out the door by 6:00am and immediately felt like all was right with the world. It’s easy to tell from the very beginning if you’re going to have a good run or a not-so-good run. I knew this was going to be a good run.
I ran the first 14 miles on an out and back trail near my apartment. On the trail I ran into a running group that was setting out for 5 miles of their own. They were really welcoming and I ended running one or two miles while chatting it up with them. They commented on my pace and we discussed what runs we were training for. It felt good to make friends on the trail. 🙂
My long runs are slowly starting to feel easier and more attainable. The earlier starts and gatorade have been tremendous life savers the last couple of weeks. I finished my 14 on cloud nine and ready to tackle the final 4!
I swung back to the apartment to pick Derek up for the final 4. Derek is currently training for the Wine & Dine Half in October and is slowly building his mileage back up.
Problem is Derek took a bit of a running break after he ran Gasparilla in March. He has slowly been getting back into running, but is really struggling to get back to where he was. The heat was really getting to him this morning and if you mix that in with some leg pain and his current lack of endurance he was really struggling in the first mile.
I felt so bad that I told him to turn back at the 1.5 mile mark and I would meet him back at home. 🙁
Those last two miles without Derek were awful, especially when I was looking forward to running them with him. I felt bad for leaving Derek behind, the sun was out in full swing and my ipod was now at home. Boooo….
I finished, but those last 4 weren’t nearly as awesome as the first 14.
After our run Derek and I dove right in the pool (clothes and all). It was glorious. 🙂
You knew this was in my future. 😉
I swear it tasted like chocolate ice cream!
- Frozen Mango
- Frozen Pineapple
- Almond Milk
- Plain Yogurt
- Peanut Butter
- Chia Seeds
- Flax Seeds
- Chocolate Vega Shake & Go Powder
The Chocolate Vega Shake & Go Powder was courtesy of the Healthy Living Swag Bag.
I’m scared to try it with just water or milk (not really by thing), but I thought it would make a great addition to the smoothie!
Smoothies for 2
Topped with Granola, Dried Fruit, and Dark Chocolate Edamame
Perfection! And Derek agreed it tasted like chocolate ice cream too! 🙂
We ate while finishing Kick Ass from last night.
I wasn’t a fan of the movie. It was VERY violent and graphic. The story line was ok, but I think I was to thrown off by all the heads blowing up.
The swim suit is on and the pool is calling my name.
Happy Saturday everyone!!