I RAN 9… as in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9… MILES THIS MORNING!! Not just any old 9 miles either. I ran nine miles that traveled across the Brooklyn Bridge, across the Manhattan Bridge up Park Avenue (yeah Summer Streets, woo hoo!!!) and across town to the West Side Highway, landing back at Urban Athletics in the financial center.
This challenge was the perfect end to a rough work week. Twelve hour days and bringing work home makes it hard to work out in the evening, so instead of my usual 2,000+ squats, lunges and crunches, a yoga class and 8+ miles on my roller blades, I ran away my nights. The weather in the evenings has been PERFECT! It was cool, it was dry… ahhhh!
I rarely run this much in a week, but this week I nailed the Jones Beach 5K — the last race in the NYS Parks Summer Series. I finished 20 seconds later than the last one.
A 3-mile jaunt around town after missing Hill practice at Tuesday’s training (I was stuck working. Boo!), a 4-miler around town on Thursday and a Karaoke party for Dazrazzle’s birthday party on Friday! (I was good and only had one drink!) This was all after last weekend’s 8-mile run!! (I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE I RAN 8 MILES — AND I JUST RAN 9 :-o)
One of my fellow TNT runners asked me this morning (somewhere around mile 6.5) how long my longest run was I said “this is!” She said “I mean overall,” to which I said, “Every weekend I run with TNT is my longest run!”
HOW COOL IS THAT? Every week I beat my own record.
I’m still messing with fuel. Bars dont settle well so I opted to rely just on Gatorade this week. Not a great idea. Not a terrible idea, but not a fantastic idea. It didnt energize me as much I needed to be, and the juice sloshed around in my tummy. Oooo.
Around mile 7.5 I began to editorialize my desire for breakfast and made the gals I was running with hungry. So to celebrate our accomplishment, my running buddy Ines and I hit up brunch where I inhaled a massive omelet, home fries, whole wheat toast and a huge glass of apple juice that I chugged in 20 seconds. Yummmm. I love running 9 miles, burning like 900 calories and being able to eat my favorite meal of the day guilt free.
Ah-ha! THE BEST PART OF TRAINING!