I checked the weather situation last night to plan my 16 mile run in the morning. Mind you, I almost never wake up before the 6 o'clock hour. I usually don't even run until 9am on weekends. I'm just not a morning person. But when I realized it was going to be almost 90 degrees by 10am, I kind of freaked out. I went to bed early but couldn't sleep because of the hellish heat. I put an ice-pack in my pillow case and one on my stomach. It didn't help much.
Side note: I should mention that it is official! I signed up for the Santa Barbara International Marathon. Thanks to Striding Mom, I only paid $78 with a Schwaggle deal and saved $72! The universe is telling me it's all meant to be!I had a restless night of sleep but guess who woke up at 5:30 am? THIS GIRL! Don't scoff. I know you probably do this on a daily basis, but for me this is quite the feat. I was out the door by 6am to drive up to north county for a coastal run. Ang and I have been running on the beach as much as possible because the ocean is basically a free A/C unit (something we clearly don't have).
|Weekday Beach Run|
|Ang runs barefoot. I tried out my Brooks Cascadias. Love them!|
I was so excited to be up and out so early that I wanted to yell at every runner I passed, "Look at us! We're so awesome for running right now!" I refrained. Everyone is super friendly in the morning, and I got waves, smiles and "good mornings" from almost every person. I even got a high five from a dude on a skate board.
That excitement eventually turned to groveling. There must have been some sort of training run this morning and my peaceful run turned into a fight over space on the shoulder of the road. Okay, not a fight per se. But I had to maneuver my way around group after group to stay out of the way of cyclists and cars. I love seeing other runners and I swear I am not a grumpy old lady -- I just really love the solitude of running. That's all.
I finished up this HOT run and made my way into the ocean. There is truly no better way to end a run than to submerge your tired, achy muscles in the freezing cold Pacific. It is heavenly. I followed my run up with an acai bowl from Swami's Cafe, who so kindly let me use their bathroom and gave me water at mile 4. Thanks, Swami's!
|Not a bad place to end a run.|
I forgot my headphones for this run which wasn't a huge deal because I don't often run with music; however, when running for 2+ hours alone, it can be nice to have a little "company." It turned out for the best as it took some mental focus to finish the run because the heat was sucking everything out of me. It probably didn't help that I didn't take in any calories while running, but I had a Nuun tablet at mile 12.
Do you long-run with or without music?
If I'm alone on a long run, I like to have music, an audio book, or podcasts. Today's run was great though! It gave me a ton of time to think.
With a partner or solo?
If Angela is training for a marathon, she will join me. But lately I've been on my own.
How do you fuel during long runs?
I usually have a few Clif Bloks but didn't feel the need for any food this time around. This may have been due to the heat.
And now for some dog photos because I am clearly obsessed. Here's Holly after taking a swim at the Del Mar dog beach.
|I love doggie kisses!|