I am having a deep and introspective day. Dunno why, really. I just feel really quiet. I am normally super talkative and go-go-go, so this is kind of strange for me.
I had plenty (PLENTY) of time to think about anything and everything during my long run. Itâ€™s been a lackluster training week thanks to Germ Fest 2012, but I figure that a week isnâ€™t a total bust if I can manage to make my long run. With just a few weeks to go until my half marathon, I decided it was high time that I ran double digits.
When my alarm (aka Henry) went off this morning, I was so pumped to see a text message from BFF Nicole â€“ I had texted her late last night, asking if she would join me on my run, and she said yes. She was down for 4.0 miles. I drove over to her neck of the woods around 9:30 AM, and we set off.
Thanks to my running buddy, the first 4.0 flew by. When we were done, I dropped her off at her house, and we ended up chatting in her kitchen for half an hour (oops). I refueled with trail mix.
Aaaand then I remembered that M&Ms contain dairy, which I avoid because Henry reacts to it. Dammit. Dairy is lurking in everything delicious.
After our chat, I set back out to do my remaining 6.0 miles. Obviously, itâ€™s not ideal to break up my long run like this, but honestlyâ€¦ I donâ€™t know if I wouldâ€™ve had the gusto to complete the entire run by myself or without a break. Iâ€™ll take it.
I ended up following my favorite old running route in the nicest, fanciest neighborhood in all of Charlotte (we rented a duplex nearby until last March). My favorite thing to do in this neighborhood is play â€˜Buy That Houseâ€™ because there are so many fabulous homes.
Would you rather buy this house?â€¦
Or this house?
They both probably clock in around $1.75 million. Iâ€™d take Numero Uno because I prefer Southern-style classics.
The other thing that really got me through this run was the promise of a vanilla latte from Starbucks and stuffed grape leaves from my favorite deli. I was so pumped to see my Garmin hit 10.0 so I could go get my goodies. Yum.
So. Yes. I totally bribed myself to complete a long run through friend time, house hunting, and treats. Whatever works, right?