First off, we have a winner, winner!
Cathryn at My Heart's Content won the Lemon-Lime and Tri-Berry Nuun. If you haven't visited her blog yet, you gotta get on that. I can hear her British accent when she writes, and I freaking love that! Here she is with her cute little boy after the San Fransisco Half Marathon. She's so tiny that her body disappeared under the blanket and it looks like she and her son are conjoined twins.
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Email me at yomommaruns at gmail.com with your mailing address so that I can send you your Nuun.
Plus, I learned a new trick for Nuun. Because I liked Tri-Berry better than Lemon-Lime, I tried mixing half a tablet of each in one bottle. I liked that much better than the plain Lemon-Lime. Happy times.
And just to make sure I give every flavor a fair shot, I picked up some Strawberry Lemonade today at Fleet Feet. Fingers crossed that it's a love.
So just to recap today's running plan: 10 miles, 5K race (yikes!), 6.9 = 20 miles total.
When I met my Birmingham Track Club long run group at 5:30 a.m., this cab driver was trying to solicit some business from us by calling out from his window for customers. From a distance we probably looked like drunken, into-the-wee-hour-of-the-morning partiers. But as he got closer, I would think that the extreme reflective gear and fuel belts would have tipped him off that we were out at 5:30 on purpose and not just stumbling around needing a cab.
This all went down right before someone else threw a beer can at us before they got in their car to drive off. Trail running was looking good right about then. Drunk drivers usually steer clear of nature trails. Right?
Mekelle, my big bro, and I ran the first 10 miles with a great pace between 8:30 and 9 min. miles, but I don't know the exact numbers because my amazingly lame-o Garmin decided to lose all of my data when it died after I completed my 20 miles today. Has that ever happened to you? It's amazingly annoying. But to distract from my Garmin rage, here's a picture from our run. We finally remembered to take a picture! Usually we are too delirious to remember anything other than our foot shuffles.
Then it was off to the races, the Shawntel Jones 5K. Before it started, I was thinking that maybe I could pull off about 24 minutes on the hilly course, so I was excited to finish at about 22:50. Official results are not up yet. I'll post more race details later so that you don't have to spend 100 more hours reading this one single post.
Then I took off to finish up my mileage. It was slow going after the race. My pace was between 8:50 and 9:30, but I came back to the high school track to finish up the last mile, which I managed to pull off in 7:40. I was happy to know that there was a little juice left in the tank, but mainly I think my legs loved the spongy track and zero hills. Hills, I love to hate you.
What is the perfect ending to an almost perfect pieced-together 20 miler? An ice bath and microwave cheeseburger combo. Yes, I did eat those burgers in the ice bath. I accidentally got lost in blog reading (on my phone) and cheeseburger eating and stayed in the ice bath for 30 minutes, twice as long as my normal. So somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes, your feet turn numb. Walking is so awkward with numb feet.
But I didn't have to walk far to get to the after-run party that my daughter planned for me. Including treats aplenty.
So the verdict on running a race in the middle of a long run is that it won't make finishing the miles impossible, but you won't get your best performance for the long run or the race. But if it's a race that you are excited about or it's for a good cause (which this one was), go for it.
What do you do to make your ice bath time go faster? Play cards? Make friendship bracelets?