I guess my preparations paid off because I did it. I ran 18 miles. I’m so proud of myself! I can only imagine what finishing 26 miles will feel like.
I started the morning with my typical long run breakfast: peanut butter and banana on a toasted English muffin with a small glass of iced coffee. It hasn’t let me down yet!
After breakfast, Mal and I drove to Southie, but we were late meeting our team at the South Boston Running Emporium, so our coach explained the route and we headed right out to git ‘er done.
The group started down D Street, past South Station, and into Downtown Crossing, which was decorated for the holidays. Obviously, I had to stop and snap a photo!
The next few miles took us around Boston Common and down Beacon Street to the Charles River.
Running around this part of Boston never gets old for me. It’s so pretty!
I ended up getting separated from my teammates, so I trucked along the river for the next 5 or 6 miles by myself.
I rocked out to the Lady Gaga station on Pandora on my iPhone. It’s the best running music. I listen to it on every run.
Eventually, I ended up in Brighton. Yep, Brighton.
If you live in Boston, you know just how far I ran, which ended up being in the wrong direction. I was supposed to head down to the Museum of Science bridge and loop back to the Mass Ave bridge, but I got lost. I have no idea how, but I did. It’s amazing how easy it is for me to get lost. My husband claims that I “can’t find my way out of a paperbag.”
At one point, I crossed over to the Memorial side of the Charles and ran until I found the Mass Ave bridge.
I actually ended up getting so lost, I missed all of the Team In Training water stops, so around Mile 14 at Boston Common, I crashed a road race and grabbed a bottle of water. I was parched!
From there, I ran back through Downtown Crossing, past South Station, up to L Street, down East Broadway and West Broadway to A Street, and back to the store, which ended up being just over 18 miles.
I totally did my own thing on today’s run, but I ran 18 miles and that’s all that matters!
- Mile 1: 9:17
- Mile 2: 9:41
- Mile 3: 9:49
- Mile 4: 9:44
- Mile 5: 9:51 <— Gu #1
- Mile 6: 9:40
- Mile 7: 9:39
- Mile 8: 9:30
- Mile 9: 9:38
- Mile 10: 9:35
- Mile 11: 9:39 <— Gu #2
- Mile 12: 9:35
- Mile 13: 9:42
- Mile 14: 9:42
- Mile 15: 9:58 <— Gu #3
- Mile 16: 9:25
- Mile 17: 9:59
- Mile 18: 9:45
Once we stretched, Mal and I headed to P.S. Gourmet for iced coffees. (This is also part of our long run ritual !;-) )
I ordered a Toasted Almond iced coffee with milk and sugar. My goodness, it was delicious! One of the best (if not the best) flavors that I’ve tried from P.S. Gourmet.
At home, I made a couple of eggs, which I ate with a few pieces of French bread. (We’re having fondue tonight, so I broke into the loaf a little early.)
After getting some food in my belly and taking a shower, I helped Mal clean the house from top to bottom.
We’re having a friends over for dinner and drinks, so we wanted to make sure the place looked really nice.
I’m hungry again and there’s no way I can wait until dinner to eat, so I think another peanut butter and banana sandwich is in my future!
Hope you’re having a lovely Saturday!