Saturday, September 18, 2010

All Long Runs Should End in Massages

by Meghann on September 18, 2010


It’s taper time! 😉

Woo hoo!

The facts:

  • Running 20 miles is hard
  • Running 20 miles with a friend/ sister is slightly less hard
  • Running 20 miles in a new city is always fun 🙂

I was up at 5:30 this morning more than less ready to take on the day. Having to get out of a really comfy bed after staying up way past my bedtime on vacation isn’t as fun as you’d think it is.

Still, I was a nice girlfriend and had all my stuff ready to go in that bathroom as to not wake my sleeping better half.


Clif Bar Fuel


I met Kelly in lobby of our hotel and took off from there.

We didn’t really have a plan per se. Neither of us knew the area very well and it was too dark the night before to mentally put a route together. So, we decided to just run and see where A1A took us.

We started by taking a right out of our hotel, but that came to a dead end about 5 miles out. Not sure what to do we decided to run the 5 miles back to the hotel, run 5 miles past on the other side, turn around from there and be done. A plan was thus developed.

The more I thought about it the more I liked the idea of our new plan. This way the run was split in quarters. Having to run 15 more miles sounded daunting, but having to run 5 miles three more times didn’t seem so bad.

The run itself was pretty uneventful for the first half. The sun was taking its sweet time rising over the horizon – leaving us with a cool breeze and lots of shade. Oddly enough this started as probably one of my coolest runs to date temp wise.

We hit our hotel just before 10 miles and began our countdown to our next 5 mile turn around point. The second half was a bit more scenic and lively than the first. We ran by expensive homes, 5 star hotels, and even a few gas stations and drugstores that were missing on our first half.

The sun was starting to rise and it was beginning to get HOT! Kelly and I were feeling it, but pushing through.

Fun fact: In those 5 miles we ran from Broward County into Miami Dade County!

At 15 miles we stopped and had some Gu Chomps then a couple of miles after that we hit a Walgreens and split a Gatorade. The mix of the Gatorade and Gu Chomps gave me a second life that pushed me through the final miles. I’ve come to appreciate Gatorade as a long run life saver. 🙂

3 miles… 2 miles… 1 mile… done.

We did it!

At the end there were a few tears and some mantras being chanted (Kelly even started singing a couple of Eminem songs), but we did it! And we did it together. 🙂

I can’t believe that was my SECOND 20 miler in less than a month. This is the first training cycle where I’ve done more than one 20 miler and I have to say I’m still not sure how prepared I feel. The good news is I ended the run still feeling like I had something to give and I know if I can run in this Florida sun, then I can run in anything.

Next week starts taper time. The next time I’ll be running anything close to 20 milers it will be in Chicago. Yikes!

After a few teary eyed hugs and a quick change Kelly and I enjoyed breakfast with a view.






On the menu: one Currant Scone from our hometown bakery (Thanks Kelly!) covered in Honey Peanut Butter, and one juicy Peach.



Breakfast was quick. We had massage appointments to get to!



The Wesitn Diplomat Spa – which isn’t located on the resort’s beach property – was a 5 minute shuttle ride away.


I <3 spas that provide big, fluffy robes. 🙂




As part of the Girlfriend Getaway package Kelly and I were both treated to 60 minute swedish massages.


Let me start off by saying that from now on I will be ending every single one of my 20 mile runs with a massage – it was freaking fantastic!

I informed my masseuse of my tight legs during our brief consultation before hand and she did a fabulous job concentrating on those tight spots. She worked my calves, got my hamstrings, and even worked my IT band.

I left that room feeling like I was walking on air.

20 mile run? What 20 mile run?

awww….. I need more massages in my life. 😉

Look who we ran in to on our way out of the spa.


Anthony and Derek had been out on the greens since 8:00am this morning and were feeling pretty beat themselves.

Derek was uber impressed by the quality of the golf course and was very thankful to have the opportunity to play it. This was Anthony’s first time playing a full 18 hole course and I believe he was pretty impressed too. 🙂

We dropped on their clubs and headed to a cute little gourmet deli my Dad begged had begged us to go to called Epicure for lunch.


Kelly and I got a mish mash of items to share for our meal.


My plate included 1/2 a twice baked potato, a green bean medely and 1/2 a salt stick.


I LOVE salt sticks. They’re really just really salty bread coated with salt and carraway seeds, but there’s something about them that draws me in.


I also had my fair share of the Summer Squash Potato Leek Soup.


And a Shipyard Pumpkin Beer!

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Check out what they were giving away as free samples


Mini cupcakes! I had one while ordering my food and one for dessert. 😉

The rest of my afternoon looked like this




With a little bit of this




Blogging fuel


I’m going to squeeze in a quick nap before our dinner reservations.

Have a great Saturday!

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