When the alarm went off at 6am on Saturday morning, I snoozed and snoozed.
Did. Not. Want. To. Get. Up.
|I certainly picked the right|
headband for my attitude today.
I made myself a whole-grain waffle topped with peanut butter and banana for a good pre-run fueling. Slammed a cup of coffee. Filled my handheld bottle and dropped in a nuun tablet. Picked out a Peanut Butter GU gel for mid-run. Packed my cooler with a banana, Gotein powder mix, and five water bottles (Yes five! Keep reading to know why...). Packed my gym bag with fresh clothes. Changed outfit for the second time. Dressed the kids. Strapped on my watch, BondiBand, ipod and finally out the door we went...
After dropping off the kids, I was finally on my way to the Rock Island Trail. When I pulled in, I was delighted to see over 20 women gathered in the parking lot. The Sole Sisters started just 6 months ago and every once in a while, I am drawn back at what an awesome group it has become. Trotting down the trail, all different paces, different backgrounds, these women have come together to support each other in their run journeys.
The first couple miles, I bounced around groups. Today's conversation was universal - upcoming races, especially the rumor of a new local half-marathon this spring (in Peoria Heights). Eventually, I settled in next to Karyn, who planned to go the distance with me. We went out to the 5 mile marker, made a quick stop for a GU and started the return trip.
We had chatted along the whole run, but by mile 7, we both settled in for the final miles. I hadn't felt 100% all morning. In fact, I was a little sore from Friday's swim & spin session. It got me thinking that I really need to prioritize a 'rest day' before my long runs. We kept a steady pace on the way home, but my breathing was labored. I finally turned on my music to give me the extra push that I seemed to need in the final miles.
I dropped Karyn off at the trail head - and reluctantly turned back for 2 more miles. I was tired and there was nothing I wanted more than to call it done. But these are the moments when you become a STRONG RUNNER, the kind that can push through to meet the wildest of dreams. Running with friends is great and has it's perks. For me, it helps me maintain a good pace. However, I believe solo running also has great benefits. It makes you dig deep to empty the tank... all on your own. It trains your mind for the final miles of a race when you got nothing left but a PR waiting up ahead.
12 miles done. 2:03 (10:15 pace)
Now back to all those bottles of water... So today was the first weigh-in for the 55 Day Weight Loss Challenge at my gym. After picking up the kids, we headed to the gym for my first weigh-in. I've had a pretty darn good week of workouts and food and (accidently) lost a couple pounds in the process. Crap! That won't help the contest, huh?! So on the way to the gym, I ate my regular post-run banana, mixed up my protein recovery drink and drank 5 bottles of water! Aw, nothing like post-run refueling, huh?! I weighed in almost exactly what I was earlier in the week. (ha!) Perfect.
Here's my team for the 55 Day Weight Loss Challenge...
We call ourselves the
Sassy Slimming Sole Sisters
and we're gonna look amazing when this is done!
|Laura, Renee, me, Kelli and Michelle|