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19.21 miles/ 2:43:34

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I ran farther than I’ve ever run before today: 19 miles! I learned a few things along the way.

1. I might want to invest in Body Glide for my arms. Not bad chaffing, but slight discomfort towards the end.

2. I need a visor. Starting in the fog and ending in the bright sun with no sunglasses was no bueno.

3. Don’t eat a massive bean, rice, and cheese burrito with the extra spicy salsa from Three Amigos the night before a long run. Super tasty, but, well… everyone knows the bean song. I’m happy to have run this one alone.

My long runs are scheduled on Sundays, but with a husband who works 24-72 hour shifts (depending on the week), I have to rearrange things so that I don’t spend three hours on the ‘mill.

Honestly, I was afraid of today’s run. I was not confident going into it since I feel like I’ve spent more time nursing running injuries than training lately. I didn’t know if I could finish it.

So, even though I woke up at 5:45, it took me the full hour to get me and my Costco-sized bag of nerves out of the house.

Here’s a breakdown of my run. Warning: this is a super boring post. Proceed with caution.

Before the run: I drank one Starbucks caramel Via with a little half & half and ate a banana. I NEVER eat bananas, but they’re supposed to be good for avoiding muscle cramping. I wore a singlet, capris, and sprayed my toesies with TriSlide.

During the run: (Note: I planned my course so that I’d arrive at a park at around 8.5) I left the house at 7, too late for sure (too much traffic, too much heat). I brought my handheld filled with water and two Gus (Peppermint Stick and Mint Chocolate <- NEW FAVORITE!!!). I didn’t drink much except at random corners where I hit a stoplight. At mile 8.6, I came to the park where I sucked down the Peppermint Gu and some water, refilled my bottle, then headed back out. At mile 13.2, I came to a shaded area and sucked down the Mint Chocolate Gu. Have you ever had the Mint chocolate? SOOOOO tasty! This will FOR SURE be my last Gu during my mary so I can look forward to it the whole time.

End of run: I stretched, took a quick shower, downed some chocolate Fluid Recovery drink made with almond milk, and went to physical therapy. And I high-fived myself for being so awesome.

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Check out my form!

Running before PT was the most brilliant decision I’ve made in a while because I was stretched by the master PT and iced to numbness.

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The ice worked its magic on my adductor and my ITB to prevent further injury.

After I got home, I was famished, so we ate lunch at the best late afternoon lunch spot: Sabor!

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Everyone knows that sweating = lost salt and fluids, so I remedied that with my favorite Sabor Margarita. I call post-Mountains 2 Beach lunch here. What do you say?

The coolest part about Sabor is the size of the margs playground in front:

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Finally, today is our last day with our house guests. To prepare for her mother’s return, Mabel Annie requested a makeover. 

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I think she was hoping her missing eye would reappear.

Feeling slighted, Ruby Sunshine brought me her tennis ball.

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There was only one suspect, and she wasn’t talking.

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You guys have got to be kidding me. Clearly, I need my beauty sleep, and now your using me as a pillow? Don’t bother me.

Here’s the final gem from this most lovely day.

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Please? Can we go in?

In conclusion, the best Fridays are filled with family, a good run, sunshine, margaritas, Mexican food, puppies, and swimming pools. Here’s to a good weekend!

Do you ice after you run?

What are your plans for the weekend?

Still looking for a good sunscreen for running. Any recommendations?

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