And here is one very cold and sopping wet pile of running clothes. The remains of a very rainy 18 mile run. My first 18 miler of this training cycle. 8:12 average. It was the longest I've run since July 4th for the Foot Traffic Flat Marathon. Same shoes, in fact, and these shoes had their last run today. They are officially "mileaged out". I don't keep track of the miles on my shoes but from the looks of the bottoms and considering that I ran my last marathon in them, I'd say they are ready for the big box of shoes going to recycled shoe heaven.
My 18 miler today wasn't anything fancy but it was an important run to get under my belt. It was just supposed to be easy miles. And for the first 15 or so, it did feel pretty easy. But those last 3 miles didn't feel so good. And I certainly can "feel" the fact that I took so much time off running. Perhaps it was the fact that my entire body was cold to the core, my feet throbbing and feeling on the verge of blister city, or my stomach nauseous from the gels and sports beans I tried (and the few beers I may or may not have had at the Christmas party the night before), but it is done! 18 done and in the bag. Somebody please assure me that by March I will want to run a marathon. Because I feel so far from marathon shape still. I mean, I could complete a marathon but to actually feel ready to race one? That's a different story. I suppose that's what training is for...to help us keep getting stronger. And today was a big run for me in getting into marathon shape. Especially with having those last 3 miles to push through even though I wasn't feeling well.
Splits from today (all easy except the last 3...they didn't feel easy): 8:14; 7:59; 7:58; 8:13; 8:10; 7:55; 8:17; 8:06; 8:05: 7:56; 8:06; 8:08; 8:05; 8:20; 8:19; 8:33; 8:22; 8:50
Brooks ID Program
I'm super excited to share the news that I will be sponsored by Brooks Running again for 2013. I'm honored to represent such a great running company through the Brooks ID program. This news has certainly helped me continue to RUN HAPPY. Thank you Brooks! I can't wait to try out the new Brooks Pure Flow to replace the purple ones in the picture at the top.
Portland Cello Project
On Friday night, we took the whole family to see the Portland Cello Project perform a Beck the Halls concert at the Aladdin Theater here in Portland, Oregon. My son didn't last very long but he managed to sit through the first half. By that time, all three of the kids were ready to go but I CERTAINLY WAS NOT! So, my wonderful husband took the kids to the car and waited for me so that I could enjoy it a bit more. I allowed myself to get lost in the music and let it wash over me...over all of us as we grieve over the recent shootings. It was a time to enjoy the music but remember and pray.
Night in our OWN City
My husband and I took the kids to spend the night with their Aunt and cousins last night so that we could head downtown for a cruise on the waterfront for a work Christmas party. I knew I had 18 miles ahead of me the next morning so I had a water, beer, water, water, beer, water pattern going on. Probably for the best that I didn't drink more than a couple drinks since I usually end up sticking my foot in my mouth. Well, I do that anyway.
It was so nice to just enjoy our alone time without kids and have a hotel in our own city even though we only live 7 to 10 miles from downtown. It made us wonder why we don't do this type of mini-vacation more often. This morning we had a leisurely breakfast and then a walk to a coffee shop where we read and watched people out the window. It was like being in our 20's again ...before kids!
|Spanish coffee, city lights, a hot date....perfect! The Spanish coffee wasn't mine though...but I had a few sips.|
|It was so cold and windy!! I could barely stand there for the picture...pretty sure my knees are knocking together and why they look so funny in the picture. Brrrrr!|
Love, Peace, and Healing to all who are hurting right now. I've seen so many of us come together the past few days...it has been a beautiful reminder of all the GOOD in the world that continues to give us all hope and comfort.