Morning, morning! Didja all have a great weekend? Mine was quite pleasant!
Yesterday morning’s 11 miler kicked my boo-tay. I seriously didn’t think I would make it through it, and when I saw my subdivision in the distance, I almost broke down and cried in relief.
Let me explain.
My past two long runs have been on the trail, so I decided to take this week’s onto the open road. It was a new route, so I wrote it down on my palm so I wouldn’t get lost!
Unfortunately I started to get pretty sweaty early on and it got wiped off shortly into my run. However, I made with due and just kind of ran the general route. I veered off the path (which increased my mileage by a quarter mile) a little bit, but I got some very pretty pictures along the way. (iPhone pics – sorry for the bad lighting!)
Around 7 miles and BEAT.
Running across my old university’s quad…
Contrary to the norm, the first two miles were the easiest of the entire run! Around mile three, I looked down and saw my Garmin was dead 😦 Ugh. The downside to depending on GPS during runs. Doh! This kind of through off my groove, but I kept on going. However, I probably took about 8 walking breaks in total. I just kept getting stomach cramps and my endurance was completely off. I’m not sure what caused it. I only ran 3 days in addition to the long run last week, so perhaps it’s the shorter mileage?
Anyway, I finally rounded onto the last stretch and was SO proud of myself. I honestly thought at one point that I would have to call Shane and get me.
Not sure of my mileage stats…grr.
Right after my run, I devoured a plum
and rushed to get ready and packed up everything to head to my parents’ house for my mom’s birthday!
Niko loooves going to grandma and grandpa’s house. As soon as we hit the ramp to their house, she FREAKS out. It’s so cute.
Also had a kombucha in tote:
Once we got there, Shane headed over to my brother’s (down the street) and worked on cars for a while. Meanwhile, my mom and I SHOPPED!
It was SUCH a nice day out. Seriously we are SO lucky this year – it’s April and feels like June!
Sorry for catching you with your eyes closed, mom!
We hit up Dick’s (where I got a foam roller! – post, I’m sure, to come soon) and Banana Republic and a couple other places.
We were ordering pizza later, but I was soooo hungry, so I busted out a Clif bar in the car:
When we got back to the house, I unfortunately had some writing to do, but finished up just in time for pizza! Glorious, glorious PIZZA!
Veggie, of course. Had about twice that amount.
And a salad with romaine, strawberries, walnuts, and mushrooms.
I made a dressing out of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, turbinado sugar, Dijon, and salt, and it was stupendous!
Then we busted into the birthday cake I made for my mom!
Chocolate cake with chocolate hazlenut frosting (from Vive le Vegan!)
Shane and I headed home a couple hours later in order to get back at a decent hour since we both have work this morning. But out of all of us, she was the most pooped!
I’ve said this before on the blog, but anytime Niko goes to my parent’s house, she comes back wiped out. Dog park and grandparent’s house in one weekend=tired dog!
How do you remember your routes when you run/walk/bike/skip/hop? Do you always use the same route or do you switch it up a bit?