Monday, December 20, 2010

20 Miles Done & Xmas Came Early!

I learned this weekend that running 20 miles (in windy and rainy conditions) can be tons of fun.  Sunday marked my very first 20 mile run... ever.  I was excited about this milestone all morning so I annoyingly urged Ang to hurry up so we could run.  She decided to take her time doing laundry and sending work emails.  Clearly she isn't training for her first marathon.  I sat there and tapped my foot with my arms crossed like a kid waiting to open my birthday presents.  Finally (2 hours later) she was done and I was able to embark on my first 20 mile adventure. 

I laughed at us as we headed out the door.  Wearing knee high compression socks and a fanny pack with water bottles has to be the dorkiest get-up known to man.  Runners are quite a funny breed.  I was thinking about how 5 years ago I wouldn't be caught dead traipsing around like this.  Now, it's part of my wardrobe just like high heels and big earrings. 

The first several miles were somewhat downhill.  A nice and easy way to start out a long run.  Eventually the strong winds came and blew us all over the place.  Several times I ran straight into Ang.  The rain came and went and didn't phase us one bit.  We talked and laughed the entire way.  I made up a few songs about our 20 mile adventure and sang them to Ang, just like any other day.

As I said, the first few miles were downhill.  That meant our last few miles were uphill and let me tell you it was not easy.  We pushed through them and continued on home, still smiling.  As soon as the Garmin looked like this, we stopped.  You could practically hear our brakes come to a screeching halt.

I felt absolutely no pain during the run but as soon as I stopped all of the fatigue came rushing in.  Suddenly walking felt like the challenge.  We stretched, iced and Ang fed me some concoction with Glutamine for muscle recovery.
As you can see, I use frozen corn and peas for icing.  They work great - especially the more expensive, organic type. 

I woke up today with barely any tightness or soreness.  I have to give major thanks to my mom for my new compression socks.  Typically my calves are barking on long runs but with these suckers they were perfectly content.  Mind you, these are not the Rite Aid version and I noticed a huge difference when I upgraded.  I highly recommend a quality pair.  It's like giving your overworked muscles a tight hug.

At work today I received one gift after another.  It started with a few little goodies from my Secret Santa and was followed by UPS and FedEx deliveries.

Vegan cookies from my fabulous Step-Dad, Rich!
I truly am a Cookie MONSTER.

...and then came my brand new Brooks from Mama Bear.
Brooks Ghost 3 - Completely Awesome :) 
Thanks, Mom!


35 comments:

  1. love the new site design and your posts always make me giggle! i just bought a new book you might be interested in... "i run, therefore i am--nuts." check it out! =)

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  2. You cheater, you opened your gifts before Christmas. This is a nice story and I can picture it all in my head as you and Ang run. This blog is very entertaining. I want to hear the songs.
    xoxo

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  3. I love the new design! Seeing as I am not a runner just the thought of running causes my legs to cramp but major kudos to you. Hopefully I'll be doing the same thing next year :0) Yay for the cookies! They should keep you calm for a little while LOL

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  4. 20 miles. Yep, you're a champ! Nice job.

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  5. Congrats! What a great run!

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  6. Do you think I could honestly resist opening a box with the word DESSERT on it? And another one with the words BROOKS RUNNING? No way Jose! I don't have that kind of self-control.

    Gina- that book title sounds pretty accurate! :)

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  7. awesome job on the 20! that's great. 20 miles can be totally fun. and the extra 6.2 is even better ;)

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  8. glad to see that the cookies actually came fast and in a gift box as ordered! the shoes are too cute and i know that they'll get some serious mileage. i am so proud of you kate whether its running two feet or twenty miles..you're amazing in every possible way sweetheart! i love you!

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  9. sorry...one more comment.
    did i ever tell you that you were walking at 9.5 months and actually running accross the room at 10 months?
    now i see that this was just the beginning....it all makes sense now!

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  10. Hooray for opening presents early!!

    And you received some awesome gifts :)

    Love the new kicks.

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  11. Your site got a face lift! Super cute!! Nice work on your 20! That's a huge accomplishment!!

    Your veganism totally inspires me...I don't know if I could do it!

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  12. Great job on the 20 miles and gifts are always fun!

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  13. A sub-3 20-miler with 24.6 seconds to spare! Fantastic!

    Those Brooks are sweet.

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  14. Congrats on your 20 miler!! Love the new shoes

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  15. Sounds like you had a great run!

    It's always fun getting surprises in the mail!

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  16. 20 miles!!! I'm so excited for you! Posts like this make me so eager to get back to running! Enjoy the cookies AND your ghosts! I have this image of you dashing along, water pack on your waist and cookie in hand! Speaking of that, what do you use for fuel on long runs?

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  17. I ate 2 chocolate clif shots (yum!) and some vitalyte along the way. 1 clif shot would have sufficed but I'd rather be safe than sorry. Sometimes I do use cookies as fuel, so your image of me is not that far off :)

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  18. Love your new blog design! I can't wait to have said that I have done my first 20 miler! ;) That won't be until about April...but you make it sound so thrilling! Great time by the way! So funny you mentioned the compression socks. I was @ CVS last night and almost bought the ones there because they were only $9.99. If I don;t get a "REAL" pair for Christmas, I may go and buy those. So is there really a huge difference?

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  19. Great job on the 20 miles! That is so awesome it was your first 20! I'll be running on of those one day. And I totally agree with you about the compression socks. Buy a good pair, they really are worth it!

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  20. Thanks for the fueling info! By the way, your mom's comments are so sweet!

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  21. Right under 3 hours! You're so fast!!

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  22. That first 20 miler is so so so awesome! Very happy and excited for you! I love the expensive, organic vegetables being used for icing. So funny!

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  23. Ooooooooh, new shoes! Nothing says happiness like new running shoes :)

    Congrats on the 20 miler!

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