Ten miles! 10.06 to be exact, but 10 miles! Today was my last long run before the Fox Valley Half Marathon next Sunday. Second Sunday in a row Kaitlin and I ran a beautiful shady path, second Sunday in a row we had an amazing run. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to take any pictures this week- but it was just as picturesque and lovely as last week.
I worked a 12 hour day yesterday, and didn’t have to work today- so we decided not to go at zero dark thirty- so less terrifying at the beginning… unless you count me telling Kaitlin hometown murder stories while a stranger ran behind us, or my description of an imaginary man made of squirrels rushing out of the woods to kill us. I’m the worst. I can’t believe she talks to me, let alone runs for nearly two hours with me.
I felt AHHH-mazing. From start to finish, I felt like a real runner which is something I’ve struggled with. It’s been five years! And I haven’t quit! I’ve quit every type of exercise I’ve ever tried, except running. I feel like I’m getting strong and making progress. And I’m kind of in love with it!
We did see a coyote on our way back. With less than two miles left- I refused to stop/walk/slow down. I may have been running right toward a coyote- but I figured if it wanted to eat me- I wasn’t going to be able to run fast/far enough to get away- so I took my chances. I believe he was headed home to his coyote family after a long night of coyote work- and NOT on a direct path for the dog park. Right? Right.
One of my favorite things about long running and not having to work. Bath time!
I love baths. I’m lucky enough to have a boyfriend that knows how much I love baths- and remodeled the bathroom right around the time I moved in- and let me pick out a nice deep tub. I’m a big fan of Lush bath bombs and luxury bath oils. My newest obsession are the Lush jelly face masks! So relaxing! And my face feels like a dream.
I’ve got big plans for an amazing Bloody Mary while we watch the Bears season opener today…. and possibly a nap.
I’ve got until November first to decide on my next training plan. Will it be cross fit? Swimming? Boot camp? We’ll talk about that later. For now- I’m just going to enjoy a lazy Sunday recovery.