I woke up at 6am with the sun (ok the sun was already out and shining), but it felt REALLY early. The goal was to get out the door by 6:30am and home by 8am. My phone said 68 degrees which seemed much more doable than the last few days of 92 degrees. My pre run breakfast was a Blueberry Dough Boy Smoothie and I packed some fuel for the road.
I forgot how heavy my fuel belt can feel loaded up with ice and water (and this morning, my cell phone). The sun was out, but there was a cool breeze and it felt like a beautiful morning to run. I decided not to track my miles, but hoped they were faster than my 6 mile run earlier in the week. It took me about 3 miles to find my stride but after that I felt good, saying good morning to the other early runners and riders. After about 50 minutes, I found some shade and took a fuel break I got the Powerbar fruit pack in a race goodie back and thought I would give it a try.
It tasted like applesauce and was easy to eat on the go. With just a few miles left, I got going on my way. I was thrilled to see that I passed my 6 mile mark minutes faster than I finished Thursday’s run! I needed that mental boost! My 9 mile run was actually 9.3 and I was back home in 86 minutes. It was breezy enough that I could walk a little in the neighborhood and cool down. Post race, I ate my Larabar.
I was shocked to walk in the door and see the BOY awake and downstairs. Oops! I may have woken him up when I left. I contemplated heading to bed for a nap myself, but instead decided to stretch my legs and foam roll while watching the Tour De France.
If you followed my blog last summer, you know that I was slightly obsessed with the Tour De France. Which was followed by a huge obsession with the Olympics. I was sad to see that I would be missing some of the Tour during my trip to Israel (the BOY on the other hand was not so sad). Thanks to modern technology (DVR), I have been able to watch the last week of the race. I DVR the stages during the week and then watch it non stop over my long weekend off. This morning, I am captivated by stage 18 in the alps.
These young riders are incredible and I am inspired! After yesterday’s Bikram class and a week of running, my hamstrings are sore, so the foam roll felt wonderful! So does sitting on my couch watching these bikers climb up and weave down the alps surrounded by crazy fans.
I finished a strong 9 mile run before 9am. Woo hoo! What a happy start to the weekend!
What do you use to fuel your long runs?
Do you like the Tour De France?
Today’s Run: 9.3 miles is 86:02 minutes (just under 9:30 min/miles)
Weekly Mileage: 23.3 Miles