Running Into Uncharted Territory

Monday, August 2, 2010

Friday I ran into uncharted territory – literally. 14 miles. Gasp! That’s farther than I’ve ever run before. With two half marathons under my belt I’ve felt a sense of accomplishment, but this is different. It’s the road to one of the biggest goals I’ve ever set for myself – especially physically.

So, with that said I woke up Friday morning at the crack of dawn – no, really I had to wait a few minutes because I’m a punk and won’t run in the dark by myself – put on my running gear and set out for a special morning.

My early morning pre-run pic. I finally stopped putting on make up just to sweat it off. Yeah, I know. Don’t show anyone.

I had to do my long run by myself again this week because I had someplace special to be Saturday morning. I really miss my running group, it gets lonely out there alone so I brought along Drake and Alicia Keys to entertain me.

The sun rising over the Target parking lot. I really wanted to stop and shop.

I had to do a phone interview for a magazine article I’m writing at 9 a.m. so I knocked out 10 miles and stopped to make my call. Less than an hour later I was back on the road winding through my sub-division knocking out the final four.

I ran so far I had to make a wardrobe change. Me channeling my inner running diva.

While the first ten miles felt awesome, the last four sucked. Gasp! I thought they’d be easy since I stopped to squeeze in my call but I think the break might’ve made it harder. That and the heat. Oh what a difference an hour makes. For the final two miles all I could think about was this …

Yum. Who knew I’d have such a love affair with sports drinks?

My longest run couldn’t have happened on a better day, about eight hours later I grabbed my overnight bag, kissed Husband and the kids goodbye then headed into midtown Atlanta for an exclusive mom blogger escape at the fabulous Four Seasons Hotel.

Did I already use the word fabulous? To say the good folks at the Four Seasons spoiled us would be an understatement. Let me just say by the end of the night I traded in my sports drink for this little number …

A Grey Goose Strawberry Mojito with fresh basil grown in their organic garden

Right. Stay tuned that’s a whole other post.

Winks & Smiles,
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Dana,  August 2, 2010 at 6:52 AM  

Yay cousin-Wifey! You're such an inspiration! Why didn't you tell me that there are cocktails at the end if 14 miles and at @ the Four Seasons no less!

Unknown August 2, 2010 at 8:15 AM  

Right, Dana! What am I going to do after this week's run - yikes!

Anne August 2, 2010 at 9:53 PM  

Congrats on the 14 miles!!

I'm totally jealous of your post-long-run mojito! That Mommy blogger weekend sounds like something I'll want to read all about :)

hicksgirl93 August 3, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

Wow! What a great day and evening indeed! BTW, you look fab in your pink running gear. ;)

e August 4, 2010 at 6:27 PM  

Congrats! You totally deserved that mojito after the run :) Mmmm, I want one now too - that's a great incentive.

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