Is it possible to have a lazy day AND a long run? Definitely! Because let me tell you, after running 16 miles two days after a 10 miler, n otherwise lazy, restful evening sounds ideal to me! I decided to go long again because I LOVE the mental challenge of seeing if I can GO for it and last more than 10 miles (a distance my body feels relatively comfortable with). My husband has been sick all week, so we’ve been laying low most nights, so he was hoping to get out of the house today after being in the basement all week! He went over for a guys’ day to play video games (love the men in his life; they are so solid!) and I took that as an open invitation to me to run long without any plans or obligations.
After a slow morning and some protein pancakes (speaking of which, you have to watch this video – if Steve can make protein pancakes, so can you!), we headed out. I was glad to take advantage of the still warm weather, to give Mikey some time with the guys, and to listen to a sermon and some good tunes while I ran. I dropped him off, headed to the Glenmore Reservoir, and hit the pavement.
Ready to run!
Although the day was cooler out than I first expected (the wind always seems to pick up in Calgary in the second half of the day), I was layered up okay and embraced the cooler temps.
My original plan was to tackle a bit more than 18 miles – twice around the reservoir – but it suddenly dawned on me that all I’d eaten was a filling breakfast at about 10 am plus multiple cups of tea and it was 2 pm when when I started moving. #oops I had grabbed a GU and felt like getting it down right away, but decided against it and once I got moving was okay to last for one “lap” around before I squeezed it down.
It was about that time that I started to hit some the rough patches of ice that lasted quite a while. Some walking ensued and I realized I didn’t want to go around again and walk through everything a second time, so I started scheming of where else I could run. My ultimate goal was those 18-ish miles, but knew I would be happy with 15 miles given the brewing hunger and icy conditions.
I ended up simply running an out and back chunk after heading around the reservoir once and hoped I’d be close to 15 miles. I remembered I had my phone with me (my iPod’s been dead for months now!) and snapped a few pictures on the second half of my run as the sun started sinking and the temperature started dropping. I enjoyed the end of it so much; my music changed and the faster beats kept me pumping along!
I noticed the moon as I finished – the sun sets early this far north!
Overall, I was happy with the run, although I wondered how I would have felt and performed if I was fueled up properly. Still working on that part, but I listened to my body throughout the run and felt great to keep pushing through. On the way to pick up Mikey, I stopped at Safeway to grab something for my body immediately:
And now I’m parked on the couch, showered, stretched and getting sleepy. Runs like this make me feel so accomplished, and I love keeping these runs up with my high intensity, 12 – 30 minute strength training workouts too. It’s all about balance! Any other long runs happen out there this weekend for you guys? Would love to hear about them and how they were for you!
Please excuse me now…Hook just came on TV and I am majorly reliving some awesome childhood memories: “That’s for every time my mother didn’t let me blow bubbles in my chocolate milk!” Yessss. Have a great rest of your weekend, friends! Catch ya on the flip side,