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 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 :)