We were up before the sun this morning for our 18 mile training run with CARA.
Unfortunately it rose shortly after we started running, making for a hot couple of hours. 18 miles – I couldn’t even think about it without getting a nervous feeling in my belly. 9 miles out and 9 miles back is a long way to go, and I was lacking my usual peppy spirit at the turnaround.
I ended up taking 3 Vanilla Bean GU’s throughout the course of the run and probably could have used one more. BMB and I stayed with the group until mile 15 when we stopped to stretch and take the 3 miles home nice and easy.
These last 3 miles were hard. So close yet our legs just wanted to lay down on the grass and take a nap. We walked a little bit sporadically, but soon found that it hurt more to walk than to run. Bizarre.
As you can see, BMB was gesturing that we only had 1 mile to go. That hat was a lifesaver from the sun, and I totally even forgot I was wearing it. We made it back 1 painful mile later, where we collapsed in the grass.
I did vacuum the tub before filling it up, however. That crewneck sorority sweatshirt from the 80’s did keep my top warm, but boy were my legs chilly. It did work, and Ryan Lester I give you permission to say “I told you so”. Someone was a little apprehensive of the cold water but eventually plopped down.
18 miles, done and done.
Have a wonderful weekend!