I’m coming at you a little later than usual this morning, but I promise it’s not because I slept in. It’s because I’ve been running forever.I wanted to knock out one last long run before we take of for Europe in a couple of hours. And luckily I have two friends and a husband who are crazy enough to help me out . First I met up with Lizzie for some dark and blurry miles. Blurry as in my camera was not awake and neither was my brain. (p.s.: Mom don’t worry. I never run this early without a friend to keep me safe.)
I dropped Lizzy off around 5:30 and then covered another mile on my way to meet up with Anthony and Katie. At this point I told myself that I was starting out on a new run with fresh legs… it’s all about the mind games, people. We headed down to the air park for a change of scenery. I don’t know what I”m doing in this picture. Still not awake.They were up for doing a longer run today which meant I was in luck. I got 11 solid miles in with those two and it was wonderful to have some company to keep me going! Plus Anthony is my personal photographer so he helped capture some magical running moments for this post. BTW, Anthony is the actual brains behind this whole blogging operation. I am in charge of running and eating.As we circled through Shelby Park, I dropped off Anthony (mile 10 for him, mile 18 for me) and ran Katie back to her house. Thanks for the miles, Katie! Then I had ONE more mile to cover alone — and it was an uphill one. And it was actually 1.5 miles. Blah. I just ran as hard as I could to get that last bit over and done with!
Perk of having a brand-new Garmin: I’ve broken a new “record” every day this week. Ha.Honestly, that was one of the best 20-milers I’ve ever had. I think I’ve finally nailed my pre-run nutrition/fuel after *only* six years of marathon training, so that seems to be helping during this training cycle. I also had great company today and the weather was a crisp 60-65 degrees. AND my endorphins are high because we’re about to leave for a big vacation!
But not until we have breakfast. After 20 miles I was extremely run-gry. Despite the fact that it’s August in the South, I’ve been craving hot tea after all of my runs. Anyone else in the post-run tea club? I had some leftover egg casserole that my mom sent home with us after my birthday weekend, as well as the last half a container of this fabulous yogurt that I’ve been obsessing over lately. Hit the spot! And our fridge is now officially empty. Whoop.Now I’m looking forward to 10+ hours of airport and airplane food. Can’t wait. p.p.s: to everyone who suggested new TV shows to watch the other week, thank you! We started Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and love it so far. Also downloaded Silicon Valley for the plane ride
See you from the other side of the pond!