I planned out a 16 mile run that involved running through my neighborhood and down a bike path to the beach and back. Nice and simple. Due to the completely spectacular mass of women walking in pink clothing and tutus I had to take a detour. I was completely motivated by the walkers because they had to endure 3 days of bad weather in San Diego for their entire walk. To top it off, they are walking for a reason. Many of these women walk in memory of a lost loved one from Breast Cancer or in honor of a survivor. I just felt lucky to be running at all. I am healthy and lucky to be alive and thriving. I can't take it for granted.
My excitement started to wear off as I continued running into the line of walkers on every route I tried to navigate. I wound up doing several out-and-backs trying left and right to tack on extra miles here and there. Accumulating 16 miles can be quite a challenge.
I was out of Clif Bars so I had to get creative before I left the house. After reading the ingredient list on a bag of Vegan Trail Mix Cookies, I was sold. These insanely addicting cookies from Trader Joe's have nuts, seeds, raisins and brown rice syrup. Perfect for mid-run. I ate one at about mile 9. It was the perfect pick-me-up to get me home.
These cookies are great for a run but can be dangerous if left alone with them.
You can potentially eat the entire bag.
As usual I ran the second half faster than the first, by about 20 seconds/mile. This may have been due to the downpours I dealt with on the first half and the amount of puddles I had to leap over.
I usually do not feel completely wiped out after a run but this time I was done. Toast. My calf muscles were barking and I knew what I needed. I was dreading it but it was the right thing to do. I plopped my sweaty self into an ice-cold bath. After a few seconds of uncontrollable shaking I was okay. I can be a bit dramatic about cold temperatures, ask Ang. But I stuck it out like a soldier and surprisingly it felt good! I call it the torture tub.
I ran 16 miles through rain, crowds, puddles and big bloody blisters. Oh, for the love of running. :) No wonder people think we're crazy.
In honor of Thanksgiving, today I am grateful for:
* Wintry Blend coffee from Trader Joe's.
* Petey, the dog we are sitting. He is quite the snuggler.
* My new pair of super sexy boots.
* A long weekend in the near future.
* The chance to run with Angela tonight.
I wish everyone a lot of love and delicious food! Enjoy your time off and voice your gratitude, that's what it's all about.