I did it! Twelve miles! Twelve miles is the farthest I’ve run since May 2009 when I did the Run to Remember. I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty proud of myself right now! 😉
Before heading to Southie to meet our team, I ate my go-to breakfast: peanut butter + banana on Sandwich Thins (or whole wheat bread). I also drank an iced coffee with soy milk. So far, this meal is working out fabulously.
After breakfast, I packed up the “gear” that I take with me on long runs: Garmin 305, iPhone (for Pandora and snapping pics), headphones, and my new Spibelt. My TNT teammate, Elizabeth, used her Spibelt on last week’s week and it inspired me to get one for myself.
My Spibelt worked GREAT today! 😀 Usually, I hold my iPhone in my hand while I run, which, as you can imagine, starts to suck get annoying after awhile. So, I put my iPhone in the Spibelt, which made this morning’s run a lot more enjoyable. The Spibelt was also really comfortable. It didn’t bounce around and I barely knew it was there at times. I’m a fan.
As soon as Mal and I arrived at the South Boston Running Emporium, our coach gave us our 12-mile training route, which was two 6-mile loops around South Boston.
We started down West Broadway to East Broadway to the water, where the first water stop was located. Team In Training sets up water stops for us all along the course. The water stops are great because you can rehydrate (obviously) and catch your breath, but also because you get encouragement from the coaches and mentors that helps to keep you going.
For the next couple of miles, our team ran around Castle Island and along the Harborwalk.
Even though the sun was shining, the weather was chilly and super windy, especially along the water. It was so windy at times, I felt like I was running in place! 😯 The wind definitely made today’s run a bit of a challenge.
Even still, I enjoyed a gorgeous run along the ocean.
Once we ran all the way around Castle Island, we headed back up East Broadway to L Street, which turned into Summer Street and looped around.
At this point, we were supposed to take a left onto D Street, but I went right and got a little lost. I only ran about a 1/2 mile before I realized that I went the wrong way and turned around to head back down D Street to West Broadway. Oops! I’m terrible with directions. 😳
Once I finished the first loop around mile 6, I took the “fuel” that I brought with me: PowerBar Energy Gel Blasts.
Taste- and texture-wise, I liked the Energy Gel Blasts a lot. However, I wasn’t a fan of the size– they were kind of big. I actually had to stop running and chew them. Apparently, I can’t run and chew at the same time?! Mal really loves the Gu/gel (he thinks they’re easier to eat), so I might give it a whirl next week. Might as well try a few different fuel options while I can!
I cruised along for the next few miles, but once I hit mile 10, my legs turned to Jello. I even felt like I lost a bit of coordination with the strong wind. My legs seemed to do their own thing for the next two miles. Somehow, I made it to the end and finished in 1:49:45 (9:08 pace).
- Mile 1: 8:53
- Mile 2: 8:44
- Mile 3: 9:09
- Mile 4: 9:27
- Mile 5: 9:06
- Mile 6: 8:53
- Mile 7: 9:04
- Mile 8: 8:46
- Mile 9: 9:09
- Mile 10: 9:39
- Mile 11: 9:36
- Mile 12: 9:15
Success! 12 miles!!
After saying goodbye to our team, Mal and I headed straight to P.S. Gourmet for iced coffees. I went with the Almond Joy flavor this morning. So delicious! 😀
When we got home, Mal started cooking breakfast while I gave Murphy a treat from Billy, the owner of the South Boston Running Emporium.
Of course, Murphy was psyched!
Mal made us egg sandwiches with bacon and cheese on toasted Sandwich Thins for our second breakfast of the day. I was sooo hungry and it tasted amazing.
After breakfast, Mal and I spent a good hour stretching and Tiger Tailing our tight muscles. As I always say, it hurts so good! 😉
I have lots to accomplish before tonight’s get-together at Dave and Marie’s house. Mal and I haven’t seen them in weeks!
Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday!