A Long Run & New Shoes

I am at my house, sitting on my couch in the living room watching the Buckeyes game. J is actually AT the game. I am jealous, but it is sometimes nice to have a Saturday where you do not have to worry about anyone but yourself, you know? Teek and Zeus are sitting on the couch with me. I keep telling them "look! there's daddy!" at the TV. Zeus always looks. I love them, even though they love their daddy so much more than they love me.

Yesterday, when I got home from work, I had a package from RoadRunner Sports on the porch. This is really exciting because I seriously just placed it on Thursday! So that means I more or less received 1 day shipping FOR FREE! (You get free shipping when you are a VIP - which is SO WORTH IT). I had ordered a package of shot bloks (mountain berry) to get J and I through the rest of marathon training, and it also contained a package for J.
These are his first ever REAL running shoes! We went over to Fleet Feet and got him fitted for the right amount of support, etc, but then we ordered online (much cheaper!). They are the nimbus, which are very similar to my cumulus, but slightly heavier (he is considered to be "large framed" based on his weight). He rain in them for the first time yesterday, and I think he liked how cushy they were! I am super excited for him. Having the right shoes makes a world of difference! He ran in them last night and did 4 miles in 44 minutes. I thought that was so great and I was so proud of him!

When I was sitting on the ground working to get that shot, someone came to visit me.
"Hi mom! Can you please cut my hair so I can see again?" He was standing on my chest looking at me (when I laid down to stretch it out a little). He's my sweet sweet boy.

This morning was long run time. It was raining when I woke up, and honestly, I almost crapped out on my long run. Again. But I got in my car and drove up to Mason for my training group. I had 18 on the agenda, and after all of my training decisions this week, I needed to get out there and get it done. I really was nervous about it because I really WANTED to have a successful run so I could feel better about the next six weeks.

And look at that. Look at those splits. Wow. Successful? I would say yes. And 18 miles in that kind of time? I think we are getting better and getting to the point where we might just be able to run a marathon in 6 weeks! How exciting! By the way, those splits lead us to a 9:16 average pace. Just in case you were curious.

I felt good for the majority of the run. My glute (the one that I have been having trouble with) got a little bit tight a few times while we were running, but I guess over 18 miles, everyone might get a tight glute. I would venture to guess that it is fairly normal, right? But I kept running. I think it helped that I was working really hard to be consistent with my food intake. I took a gu at 6 miles, and then another at 12. I think that probably helped me to feel stronger as we were running. Especially since I have not been too consistent with my running nutrition this training cycle. I will have to remember that for next week as well.

Karen and I went to starbucks after the run for some post run/recovery nutrition. Normally I just get regular coffee when I am there, but decided to go with a latte this time, assuming the protein in the milk certainly could not hurt my recovery! We hung out there drinking our coffee and relaxing for another half hour. Her sister was working too and her coworker who was working the register gave us her discount (read: FREE!) and so that was also awesome. After sitting for about a half hour, my legs started to feel better. I am not sure that I am ready for another long run immediately, but I am not too sore or anything right now.

Because we had such a great run, I felt that only this shirt was the appropriate one to wear today.
Awesome, right? And I do!

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