Whew! The past couple of weeks have been crazy and this week looks like it won’t disappoint! Why so busy, you ask? Work is a million miles per hour, squeezing in training runs has been difficult and most importantly, my sister got married!
I was fortunate enough to take Friday off of work and head home to Reno (yes, I’ve been back to Reno a billion times this month) to help my sister with her big day. But before any of the festivities got underway, I was sure to get in my long run of 20 miles. The mid-week training hasn’t been going so swell (leaving for work at 7 and getting home past 7 doesn’t leave much time), but I am glad that I’m at least getting the higher mileage in on the weekend.
How did the 20 miles go? Well, it wasn’t easy. It was warm out, but nothing bad enough to warrant a bitch-fest, but it was the first time in a long time that I’ve put 20 miles in. I trucked along at a slow pace, but the point was that I finished and I wasn’t sore at all the next day. The legs were a bit tight, but no soreness equals a win in my book. I’m excited for my training this time around as there are many more 18+ mile runs scheduled, as opposed to training for LA where I only did one 20 mile run.
But one thing in particular did bother me about this run: my fuel belt. I learned during LA training that I absolutely must carry food and drinks on my long runs, but HOT DAMN, I feel like my fuel belt weighs an extra eight pounds! I can always tell that at the beginning of my run, when it’s full with Cytomax, water, PB&J sandwich bites, my cell phone, Gu and other miscellaneous running crap, I run significantly slower. But as I eat, drink and empty the belt, my pace picks up. Don’t get me wrong, I love my belt, it fits well, and only minimally scratches up my backside. I will continue to train with it, but when I’m attempting a BQ is Chicago, I’m afraid that it will significantly slow me down! So, I turn to you, my trusty blogging community: what do you do to ensure that you are properly fueled on your long runs/marathons without feeling like you are carrying an extra tire around your waist?
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! Extremely girly blogging will commence now: After the 20 miles, my sisters, mom, aunt and I headed out for manis, pedis and mimosas…a great way to start the rest of the day and help celebrate with my sister. After that, we did the normal pre-wedding activities, i.e. shopping, rehearsal dinner, etc.
Next thing you know, it was the morning of the wedding, we were getting our hair and make-up done and I couldn’t believe that my big sister was actually getting hitched! She is the first out of our family to tie the knot and it was so surreal to watch it all happen….tear! She looked absolutely beautiful and it was honestly one of the best nights I’ve had in a long time. I cried, I laughed, I drank (maybe a bit too much), and danced my ass of like a crazy person. Congratulations Ryann and Eric, I’m so happy for you!
It was a full weekend and this one is sure to have many more stories as well. Happy running!
P.S. Thank you to everyone who submitted song for the ultimate running play list! I’ll be putting the play list together later this week so be sure to check back soon!