14 Mile Success

Oh Monday. We meet again and I am ready to take you on! I have some lovely miles on the agenda for tonight, and I am super antsy in the office chair today in anticipation.  The sun is shining, the temps unseasonably warm. Perfect day for a run. And after my stellar run on Saturday, I am hoping for an encore of running mojo. Please comply!

Let’s back up.

I had 14 miles on the agenda for Saturday morning, so Friday night I played it smart. (For once.) I ate a solid meal (thanks to the hubby) of garlic shrimp pasta in vodka sauce, grilled asparagus, and rosemary bread. I made sure lights were out by eleven so that I got a solid night of sleep, and I made sure that I went to bed hydrated from plenty of water  (NOT five beers).

Before we set out Saturday morning, we enjoyed some core strengthening as a group. Note to self: work on this!

Why hello there, core. Nice to feel ya!

We did all sorts of wonderful things like planks and leg lifts and any other technical exercise names that I can not think of off the top of my head. But I felt them. Oh, I felt them. Apparently I should be doing these a little more often than I have been. Note taken.

After all that jazz we headed out for our long run for the week of 14 miles. First we had to mug for the camera:

Nope. We are not dorks at all.

It took me a couple of miles to get into the groove, but once I did I loved this run! Maybe it was the warm for winter temps, maybe it was that I played it smart on Friday and I was plenty rested and hydrated, or maybe it was the fact that I had awesome company and convo. I think it was the combo of all of these things, but I would definitely call this run a success.

My knees feel a little sore around mile 11, but that much is expected. I am pushing myself and my body and it is learning to adapt. Recovery went pretty well too. I came home and rested for a bit after a yummy breakfast and then Joe and I ran several errands and met some friends for night out on the town. Hardly sore at all. Bouncing back quicker from these longer runs is sure sign that I am improving as a runner.

I am loving training and I hope that things continue to go well on my marathon journey. 76 days to go (but who is counting;-) !

A friend from my run group posted this article on her facebook page on 101 reasons to start running and I thought it was pretty great. I can relate to pretty much all of them, especially number 55 after my run on Saturday:

” Running is a great way to explore an area.
Whether you’re in your neighborhood or some remote destination, running is an excellent way to get to check out your surroundings.”

Despite living in Kalamazoo for about 13 years, we ran around a part of the town that I have never been before. It was so fun to discover new neighborhoods and streets. I am going to make it a point to find some more new routes to make some of my longer runs more interesting.

Before I let you go lace up your own running shoes, I wanted to share a quick update on Charlie. She has had a difficult recovery with this last surgery, but she is now awake and ready to heal.

We are hoping that she is finished with surgeries for at least a while, and she will be able to start recovering and hopefully go home in a few weeks. It has been a long, unpredictable journey with lots of highs and lows. Thank you for following along, praying with me and rooting for her all the while. You are the best and my heart is full with lots of love for you. I will continue to keep you updated and I hope that from here on out it will be good news followed by more good news :-)

Do you like exploring new routes on your long run or would you rather run what you know? What was one of the reasons that you started running?

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5 thoughts on “14 Mile Success

  1. Great job tackling those 14 miles! Sounds like you had a great run and love that you guys added the core work!!

    I am glad to hear Charlie is done with surgery and recovering. That is a definite praise report!

    I started running as a means of stress relief/clearing my head and because I enjoyed pushing my limits. I love finding new routes and discovering new parts of my ‘hood. Mixing it up is always a good thing :-)

  2. I don’t know what I’m more impressed with.. The 14 miler or the fact you were good on a Friday night. BOOM! ROCK ON. This makes me want to move.

    Thanks for the update on the little princess Charlie. Still in our prayers!

  3. Oh Praise God. When you didn’t post for a few days, I got so worried that something terrible had happened to Charlie. What a relief to hear that she now has a road to recovery.

    I’m glad that you had a great 14 miler – I know for me eating a good meal and sleeping enough make all the difference. That being said, you don’t appreciate it unless you don’t do that every once in awhile, you know? When I’m doing long runs, it can be nice to run a loop that I know, if only because then I know where the water and/or bathrooms are!

  4. Glad to hear Charlie is doing well. Continued prayers that the healing continues.

    Congrats on the 14 miles!. You certainly have been playing it smart with your training. The fact that you are recovering so well speaks volumes! Good luck!

  5. Wow! You are doing so awesome with your training! Way to go!!! So exciting that you’re recovering faster. A big deal for sure :)

    I’m so SO happy to hear that Charlie is doing well. I hope she heals as quickly as possible–and for good!

    I like to run what I know–I don’t want to be surprised by a super hilly route when I’m doing a long run! But it is fun to explore sometimes, too, especially now that I have my Garmin. I started running (again) because I just wanted to see what I could do. I really did amaze/surprise myself! It makes me feel strong and powerful. I love having something in my life that is just for me. I’m not competing with anyone but myself and mine are the only expectations I have to live up to. It’s fantastic.

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