Saturday, Long Run
I had a busy Saturday morning, so I asked Bob (thinking he would say no) if he could run earlier - like 5:30. I was very surprised when he emailed me back and said he would pick me up at 5am (so he could stretch and warm-up). In my reply to him I admitted, that I WAS a morning person, but probably not at 5am. He said, "Well, we will just run in silence if we need to."
I set the alarm for 4:30 am. And like always, I watch the clock for fear that I will over sleep. I just decided to get up at 4:20 and turn my phone alarm off. I am doing my morning pee and then the ALARM went off. It literally made me jump off the potty. I did not want to wake hubby up, but I could not figure out how to stop the alarm... meanwhile I am standing with my undies around my ankle. TMI? I made the phone silent (by turning it to vibrate) and it kept going off. I finally just took the battery out. I was definitely awake this time.
I got dressed, took Dolce out (did NOT feed her since last Saturday she ate twice because my hubby did not see the note: DOLCE HAS BEEN FED on the fridge), and started to look for a little jacket (because it should be cool, right? The sun wasn't even awake), when I saw a car parked outside with their lights on. Sure enough... it was Bob - at my driveway, waiting for me at 4:45.
I think I said, "Good morning... you are early" but I am not entirely sure. It was a blur. We drove to our destination and for the 5 minute driving, I swore I was hearing subtle music. I was relieved when we arrived at Needwood Park, that Bob had a "Spa" CD (or station) on (he has a long commute and the soothing sounds help him to relax on the way home - have you driven in the NoVa, DC or MD area? Then you completely understand!). I was beginning to think I was crazy. We got out and stretched... the sky was just starting to get lighter.
After all of the marathon training advice and a much needed call from my family expert (I personally think you become an expert when your marathon numbers are in the double digits and when you've Iron(wo)maned). I started talking strategy with Bob. I asked if we could slow our long runs down and make them what they are supposed to be... long and slow. He agreed that we had been pushing it (probably my own fault since I start out fast). We agreed to run 8 and to take it slow. It felt good to run slower although it was harder.
I decided to wear Lola, but to try not to look at it for the time. The first two beeps, I admit... I did. But after that, I did not. But like our last long run, I made another mistake.
I had to pee at mile 6... and the porta potty wasn't until we got back to our car. I decided to just wait. It was the longest 2 miles ever. I stopped talking entirely. I secretly wanted to start sprinting so I could go. Well, 3 miles later (we actually ran 8.94 miles), we reached our stopping point and I kept running to The John! I was in pain. I knew that I should not have wait. Bob of course was sweet as usual and asked why didn't I tell him, he would have allowed me to "cop-a-squat"... but I think there was two factors.
- I was running with a guy and didn't want to "cop-a-squat"
- Not sure I would have done it if I was running with a chic either
I am trying to decide if I should cute my hair. It is just the beginning of hot weather here in MD and I am not sure I will last all summer. I feel like shaving it all off (my daughter would cry though). It is in between - I know I should just be patient... it will be in a pony tail soon... probably by the marathon.
Well, the rest of the morning I was busy but in pain. It is not a good idea to hold it for 3 miles. I drank LOTS of water to flush my system. Every time I stood, I felt like I had to pee. My friends offered lots of advice like drink cranberry juice, but I am pleased to say that this morning, I feel 90% better. Lesson learned. I do not want to feel that way again.
How was your long run? I have seen some race reports. Racing today? I am praying for your safety and for you to be injury free as you close that finish line. God is good ALL THE TIME!