Sunday long run


I am exhausted.

We had 12 miles on the schedule, but I was having trouble mapping out an even 12, so I went with 12.5. I decided to change up our scenery a little bit and have us run through Forest Park, the big beautiful park in our area. We even decided to leave at 7:30am instead of 8, since we knew it was going to be a HOT day.  What I was not prepared for, was the amount of sweating, killer hills, a moments of "I just wanna stop!!!"

We started of doing well, but it was our first long run in the heat. Instantly sweating, and even with a visor to keep it out of my eyes, i had to wipe it away from my face. Our usual route was changed up a little, and we were glad, because this meant we hit my dad's house around mile 5.5. We refilled our bottles, had a little to drink, wiped the sweat off of us, then headed toward the park.

Now the one thing I did not know about Forest Park, was that there were killer hills to climb leading into it. Not just any hill, but I think the steepest hill I have ever seen. Well, maybe not that steep, but pretty bad. I wish I could show you the elevation, but my Garmin is acting ridiculous and I can't upload the workout. Not only were there hills, but I think we missed the loop we wanted to take, and we ended up with an extra mile tacked on to the route.

So after the hills, we returned to our regular route which was a struggle. My legs were literally wanting to die. We hit Shelley's mom's house around mile 11, and stopped for more water. I took an ice cube to my neck, chest, face & arms, and it melted immediately.

The last 2.5 miles were torturous. At one point Shelley said "Is it wrong that I want to throw myself into oncoming traffic?" I had to stop for a walk break up the last hill, then we powered through to the end with thoughts of Panera on my mind.

stats (from what I can remember, stupid Garmin)
13.54 miles

Post-run treat?
Low fat Mango smoothie
Egg & Cheese sandwich on a honey wheat bagel
1/2 a chocolate chip cookie

After a much needed shower, I spent the day resting, grocery shopping & doing laundry, and cleaning. Unfortunately I do NOT have tomorrow off (hospitals don't get holidays), so I'll be stuck working until 4:30.. booo! Since the gym isn't open tomorrow morning, I may try an early morning bike ride.

And if anyone knows how to transfer my workout from my Garmin, which is currently frozen on the time screen with no buttons working, please let me know. Thanks!


Penny said...

Way to get threw that tough run. You did awesome girl. I have a hard time putting hills in my workout, so if I dont realize they are they than I dont have a choice, but to just do them.

Karen said...

Whew that sounds like a tough one!!! 12 miles AND hills AND heat? Yuck! Way to get through!!! :0) That bagel looks amazing!

Shawn said...

Great run! My Garmin froze and I just put it on the charger for 1/2 hour and it started working again. Good Luck.

Running Ricig said...

Way to push through! I had a run like that this morning and I don't care to admit how many times I had to stop and walk! It was painfully tiring!

Wells L said...

Fantastic job pushing through a longer than planned, hotter than planned, harder than planned run!! Great job! I wish I had the mental strength you have. I love your friend asked if it was wrong that she wanted to throw herself into oncoming traffic. That would totally be my sentiment. Great job!

Daphne said...

A lot of people are having problems with their Garmins. Now I'm getting concerned because I just got a Forerunner 405. Eek. I had the same issue with mine freezing and I did the same thing Shawn did and it fixed. A little disconcerting, though.

Carly said...

I ran 3 miles yesterday and it was HOT! I can't imagine 13! Way to go! :-)

Savannah said...

Great job with the long run in the heat!

Megan said...

Fantastic job on the long run! I would have had an awful time convincing myself to do that!

Way to go!

The Green Girl said...

Nice job pushing through that run, girl! I am very impressed!