Next Saturday, Iâ€™m doing a 15-mile trail race with a bunch of bloggy friends. Todayâ€™s long run was the last trail run Iâ€™ll be able to fit in before the big day!
Last year, we did the race at a fun, casual pace. We want to keep the atmosphere relaxed again this year â€“ but we also want to beat our 2:56 time. If today is any indication, that shouldnâ€™t be too hard!
I met up with Kelly and Sara in lovely Moss Park.
I was happy to see they both looked very enthusiastic about the run. To be honest, I wasnâ€™t really feeling it at first. Having two upbeat ladies to run and chat with definitely helped.
The run started off well, but then I stepped in a GIANT puddle around Mile 2.0 and completely soaked my sneakersâ€¦ all the way down to the socks. I took my socks off and ran with them on my hand for a little bit to try them out. I somehow managed to escape getting massive blisters â€“ whew!
I think I need to start bringing a change of socks with me on trail runs, especially when itâ€™s wet out. I always land myself in a puddle!
During the run, I ate all these Shot Bloks (about 200 calories):
We finished up 13.0 miles in 2:14 â€“ an excellent time, especially for a muddy trail run! We were so thrilled. Weâ€™re definitely going to beat last yearâ€™s time! Everyone in the group is so much stronger than before, too.
My sneakers are destroyed (these are my old road shoes that I wear on the trailsâ€¦ I donâ€™t have trail specific runs, but I donâ€™t want to dirty up my nice sneakers):
Post-run, I raced home and ate some almond buttah straight from the jar. I probably had 2 tablespoons.
And then I made a delicious lunch FILLED with veggies.
I made a wrap with a mashed sweet potato, sprouts, and baked beans. I love the La Tortilla Soft Wraps brand.
Trust me â€“ this combo works.
Plus, an entire bag of roasted parsnips and a bunch of Brussel sprouts.
Iâ€™ve got to clean the apartment! Angela and her hubby are arriving soon. I think itâ€™s funny that Iâ€™m having a blogger stay with me and feel so comfortable with it â€“ itâ€™s like we know each other, even though weâ€™ve never met! I hope she turns my kitchen into a Glo Bar bakery and makes me lots of delicious treats. 🙂
Stay tuned for the shenanigans!
Do you have a 13.1, 26.2, 70.3, or 140.6 (Half Marathon, Marathon, Half Ironman, and Ironman) bumper sticker on your car? Would you put one on if you complete one of those races? I had a 13.1 on my car for the longest time, and immediately covered it up with a 26.2 when I did a marathon (equally proud of both distances; I just donâ€™t love lots of stickers). I would feel SO badass if I could put a 70.3 or 140.6 sticker on, too. 😉