Happy Saturday! I hope your’s if off to a fabulous start. Apparently over 300 cities in the US have experienced record highs in the past week alone, so fingers crossed your someplace cool!
Was your city one of those 300? We were!
Because of those record highs, I had to sacrifice the biggest thing ever this morning… my sleep.
Now you know I wake up at 5 am Monday – Friday to get to boot camps, so on the weekends I do enjoy a few extra hours to snooze and catch up on pillow time.
Oh pillow, just 5 more minutes?
That did not happen this morning.
At 5 am my alarm started screaming at me to get up and at um for my long run. And since I was set to meet a few friends, hitting the snooze wasn’t an option.
This was my first time running with this particular group so I had to make sure to give a good impression and of course showing up on time is the best way to do that.
Pre-Run Rituals & Fears
Aside from sleep I had to give up another sacrifice to get my 1/2 marathon training in. Normally on Saturdays I get to put a bit more energy into my breakfast… meaning I normally get to sit and enjoy a yummy pancake.
I do this except on mornings of my long runs because I keep it light and simple. Trust you me, the worst thing for a run is suffering from a jumpy stomach. The blander the better.
So instead of a delicious pancake, I settled for overnight oats topped with Justin’s Peanut Butter. Not that it wasn’t yum, but I do love my pancake mornings!
I was a bit nervous about my run because let’s face it, I haven’t had a “feel good run” in a while. And since I was running with a group of girls that have several 1/2’s under their belt and are now training for a whole marathon, can we say intimidation?
Because of my jitters I needed something to help me feel confident and relaxed… new Lululemon top to the rescue!
I had the breakfast, I had the “look”, now it was time to hit the road.
Feeling Like A Rock Star – 7 Miles Dominated!
Once we all arrived I immediately chilled out. My friend, Katie, had invited me, and her friends were super welcoming and supportive. They allowed their group of 3 to grow to 4!
We headed off in my old stomping ground where I grew up which made me feel really helpful since I knew my way around the best and kept us on track. Score!
But it was more than just knowing where I was going, my feet felt light, the miles flew quickly and the conversation kept our pace moving smoothly. Before I knew it we had run all 7 miles and were back to our cars.
What’s even more, I was able to pump it out the last .25 miles to end super strong. It felt awesome.
This one run helped me to get motivated and pumped up all over again. So for that I am thankful! Thanks Katie, Kelly and Carrie for a great run!
Post Run Fuel
Because of all the humidity we were big sloppy wet messes. Seriously, I think this was the grossest I have ever been! Too much info?
I knew I needed to get some electrolytes in me so I stopped by Whole Foods on the way home, picked up the BEST coconut water ever and
chugged enjoyed it with a vegan bar.
This was not the plan, I had packed a smoothie in my car which I thought I was being so smart by freezing it the night before. I assumed that with the heat it would be thawed out by time the run was over. Imagine my surprise when it was one solid block of chocolate still. Fail.
Oh well, I will use any excuse to stop by Whole Foods!
My Running Essentials
I’ve had a few people ask my what I use when I go running. I will dive a bit deeper in to this later, and give better reviews of my particular goods but for now here’s what I use during and after runs:
Dan and I just got back from the market, getting a few things done and then heading back down town to chill in a coffee shop for more work. With Fit Women’s Weekly coming in a matter of days, this girl has got a lot of website pages to design!
More on that later!
- What’s on the agenda for your Saturday?
- What’s your favorite post run/workout treat?