Saturday, I had the opportunity to run the farthest I've run to date (by about a mile), 18 miles. Friday we were out of town for Dan's grandfather's funeral and didn't get home until after midnight but I didn't want that to keep me from getting up early to get my run in. I overzealously set my alarm for 5am but happily snoozed until just after 6 and even then I was barely moving so Jonny and I didn't get out the door until almost 7. The route I had previously decided on combined my favorite 6 mile loop with my favorite 12 miler that "figure eighted" around my house. I'll be honest, the first 6 miles didn't feel very good, it was hard to pass up my house and head out for 12 more however there was no way I was going to stop 1/3 of the way in and it did appear that everyone inside was still asleep. So, onto my run...
My fuel of choice for the run was a Vanilla Orange Roctane Gu, (compliments of Darlene of My First 5K and Jill's awesome blog Christmas present exchange, thanks ladies!) which sounds like it should be some sort of rocket fuel. It tasted a lot like a melted creamsycle, which is probably pretty yummy, in fact I think my husband would've loved it. Problem is, I don't much care for creamsicles when they are in their frozen form so it wasn't my favorite flavor, but I chose it because it had "2x caffeine"... can you say "HELLO! and Good morning, time to wake up!". Since it's a rare occasion that I drink caffeine (no coffee and rarely soda) I was still buzzing after I finished up the run. Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself...
The "roctane" sent me on a mission through the solar system to visit the planets orbiting the sun. Before you think I've lost my mind, Alton Baker Park in Eugene, which was on part of my route Saturday has a scale model of the solar system with some of the most distant planets scattered miles outside of the park. As I was exploring the galaxy I saw some pretty strange things. First up, I happened across this lovely tree, that oddly enough seemed to be growing tires...
not technically a planet anymore my mission to visit all the "planets" could still be complete. If it's any consolation I did get a picture of an all green mallard duck, which I thought was kind of odd:
Anyway, my run did actually go quite well, despite the slow start. Jonny slept the entire time and I actually felt like I finished pretty strongly. (I think that roctane really kept me going as I was still pretty wound up long into the afternoon.) I took a nice ice bath (which I do not recommend in a cold house in the winter) then spent the rest of the day wearing both pairs of my compression socks and about 20 layers trying to warm back up. The sock/ice bath combo must have worked pretty well though, because I felt surprisingly well today and even managed to walk around for 3 hours in one of my higher pair of heels... although my head is swimming and my sinuses are throbbing and all my joints ache, however I think that has nothing to do with my run and everything to do with the 4 slimy kids that are climbing all over me all day, every day, with their gross & slimy germs. Bleh.
In case you want the stats, here they are:
2:39:34 (8:48 pace)
which brought my weekly distance to 44.3 miles (another all time high for me)
Oh... P.S. Happy Valentine's Day! ♥♡♥