110 minutes 2 seconds

Sundays are for long runs.

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.  

Last week. Please excuse my ham.

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!

Lush: Melting Marshmallow Moment bath melt and Bunny Moon jelly face mask

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.  

Lush: Birth of Venus jelly face mask

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.  

53 minutes, 37 seconds

Wrote this before bed but evidently fell asleep before pressing publish!

I have been up since 3:45 am.  I’m really looking forward to some bedtime snuggles with my two favorite boys.

I had to work early today- which means I should have worked 5am-3pm.   Today, I got to work at 4:30 (it’s crazy how easy it is to get somewhere when NO ONE ELSE IS AWAKE.) Truth be told, I usually skip my hour lunch and go home at 2 on the days I work this shift- but I knew that would not be an option today.  Instead, I took my lunch and had a meat heads hamburger.  It was fine.  Not amazing.  But better than any salad I was going to put together at the salad bar.  I ended up being at work until 4:15.  Because we’re currently suffering from the trouble I mentioned over the weekend.  It will be fine, but the next few days/weeks are going to be pretty rough.

I got home with a bunch of excuses.  I had five miles on the schedule, and just the thought of putting my shoes on exhausted me.  I was tired both physically and mentally and the old me would have napped instead of running.  But I’ve got a training plan to follow.   So I put on my moleskin, my shoes, and my ear buds- and I ran 5 miles!   My time was a bit slower- but I’m still really proud of my pace.  

Negative splits, baby!

I got my volee welcome letter today!!! I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow.

Still sweaty from my five miles

I’ve got some serious sleeping to do.   I made it to 9pm… And I only conplained a little.  

Michael J Foxy. 

When I first started running five years ago, Foxy was with me every sweaty step of the way.  As my mileage increased, I hesitated to bring him since he couldn’t exactly carry water.  The longest run I ever took him on was eight miles, I think.   I stopped and let him drink out of my water bottle a few times along the way and he seemed happy to keep up.  

He was just a puppy! With his honorary half marathon medal!

Five years later, he’s no longer a two year old pup.  The vet actually called him a “senior dog” a few months ago when I brought him in for some tummy issues.   It’s been so warm, and he’s been reluctant to crawl out of bed with me at 5 am- so I haven’t brought him with me since early June.  

Today- at 8:30 with 3 easy miles planned on a crisp September morning- he was more than happy to join me!  

He was mostly well behaved.  He did some serious barking/shrieking at another dog at around mile 2- but other than that he just trotted along beside me, looking furry and adorable. 

He’s pretty much been sleeping ever since.  

But I keep waking him up for kisses.  He has my whole heart.  I love him so.  

52 minutes 50 seconds. 

All summer long, I’ve been running at either 5 or 6 am until last week when I had a temporary work conflict and was running mid-day in the full heat/sun. It. Was. Miserable.  Today is my day off. Naturally, I planned a 6am run today.  Naturally, I overslept.  

But it’s September. At at 8:30 when I finally hit the road- it was 56 degrees and breezy.  It was sunny- but the mature trees on my chosen path gave me just the right amount of shade. 

It’s not the fastest I’ve run 5 miles, but it felt amazing.  Wait.  NO!  I just scrolled through my Garmin history.  It IS the fastest I’ve run 5 miles!  PR for the win!  

I think my friend Kaitlin was right.  Listening to a podcast about murder DOES make you run faster.  I’m enjoying the “my favorite murder” podcast a lot. If you’re into super polished/edited/organized podcasts… this is not for you.  But if you want to feel like you’re just hanging out with a couple of your funny friends who occasionally get way off topic- I highly recommend it. Starting tomorrow, a podcast I LOVE is coming back from “summer break.”  It’s called “buffering the vampire slayer” and besides being funny and charming- the ladies who host it create the most amazing episode recap songs for each Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode. It’s amazing. What are you listening to?  Favorite albums? Podcasts? Audio books?

I’m off today, but the love of my life is back to reality.  This probably means nothing SUPER fancy to eat until Saturday.  Maybe I’ll give this whole cooking thing a shot tonight.  Eh.  I really love him- and he prefers not to be tortured by my cooking…. so… we’ll see.  

Labor Day

Real quick.  Today was a rest day, so no running to report on.  Work was fun AND ridiculous.  Fun:

Ridiculous: customers are NOT always right.  Sometimes they’re just batshit crazy.  Is that something you guys want to hear about?  Because… I’ve got stories.  

Five miles tomorrow.  Really hoping this heat and humidity eases up.  

See you tomorrow.