Good morning (at the start of this post it’s still morning )!
I’m pretty sure my body is going to go on strike if I don’t rest, eat, and hydrate appropriately today.
Going back to Wednesday, I have pretty much ran, went to work, went to a friend’s house, came home to immediately crash, and then do it all over again. A dear friend lost someone and Aaron and I have tried our very best to show all of our support for him this week. We’ve had dinner with the family and so that’s why there have been no dinner photos on here recently! I actually have to throw out some of my food because I was never able to use it. Minor detail.
No dinner pictures from last night. A dinner followed the wonderful visitation and funeral. This was an epic dinner! We were served:
- vegetable tray
- minestrone soup
- garlic bread
- pizza bread
- salad with sausage and hard-boiled egg
- pasta: mostaccioli, ravioli, and tortellini
- chicken thigh and leg and baked potato
- another bread round
- spumoni ice cream
I of course didn’t eat all of this or even a bite of it a few items.
I also had a Sam Adams beer. The parents of another friend of ours bought us a round. I stuck to one beer and then a lot of water. Our full bellies left a little after 9 pm. I got home, took two ibuprofen (you know, the usual headache that follows a funeral service), drank a lot of water, and crashed in minutes.
I popped out of bed at 5:11 am before realizing that it was a Saturday. No chance to rethink this early wake up on my day off. I changed into my running clothes, put in my contacts, and began to eat graham crackers. I then saw the craziest thing-rain! It was raining! I was going to suck it up and just go run my 9 miles, but then the thought of feet chafing occurred to me. I check the radar and realized that I could take a small nap and then head out.
I ate full 6 graham crackers.
Not enough calories, but I did what I could. I had wanted to pick up some type of gel but again, my time has been limited the past 3 days.
I began running at 8 am (so late!). I had 9 miles to conquer! Taking off last week made me question if I would be capable of doing 9 miles today. I didn’t listen to that voice.
I wasn’t crazy about my pace, but I was pleased with my distance!
I did have to stop with 2.5 miles to go because my left IT band was feeling tight. I stopped and stretched and it was good to go!
The last mile was brutal but I forced myself to push on. I killed the rest of my Gatorade. That stuff is amazing and so necessary!
Thinking about chocolate milk and cupcakes were good motivators by the end of my run.
As I stretched and foam rolled I noticed all of the salt, sunscreen residue, and dirt on my legs and also a gross blister forming on my right big toe. #beingarunner
I stretched while watching Le Tour. I found myself inches away from the screen yelling at the riders to push it to the finish line.
A shower, coffee, food finally followed.
My typical breakfast. I’m ready for cupcakes and pizza today. I’ve been mucho hungry on past long-run Saturdays.