I Finally Pulled It All Together and Had A Great Run

It was about time! I was starting to get worried after hitting my snooze button too many times and forgetting my sports bra that I wouldn’t be able to pull it all together. I took a rest day Saturday and boy did my legs need it!

Don’t forget about my AMRAP Bar Giveaway – 3 lucky winners 🙂

Sunday morning I woke up really early and was out running by 7 am. It was Sunday Runday for me 🙂 17k awaited me and the plan was to run towards work and back (It’s just around 10 one way).

I woke up at 6:15 am, checked Facebook/IG etc., got dressed, ate breakfast and went outside to fire up my Green Garmin {yes, in that order}. It was also the first day I was wearing my Nathan “Trail Mix” Hydration Pack….after all, I was running 17k.

I laced up my sneeks and shook out my hands (for some odd reason) and off I went. Slow, real slow. Just enough to get my legs moving and feel like I was running. I still can’t believe I got up that early to do my long run. The sun was just starting to rise and there was barely any cars on the road. I ran along the sidewalk for most of the run.

7 am run sept 21 2014

I took my first GU (Tri-Berry) at 42 minutes in with a little Vega electrolyte drink and kept running. At the half way point I decided to stretch out my legs and then got back at it. The sun was beautiful and the temperature was starting to increase. I had to take a photo as it was really quite beautiful but I kinda just look angry (that’s just me looking into the sun).

Around 12 km my legs were getting tired but my mind wasn’t so that was good! As I ran by a Paramedic base, I took my next GU (chocolate) at around 13k with water and for some reason had a hard time getting this one down, even though it was one of my favourites.

I increased my speed when I could and paced myself on the long inclines and hills as needed. My legs started to come around and I was feeling really good. I really wanted to run 18k even though my training plan only called for 17k.

As I got close to home I managed to finished of the last km really strong and faster than any other kilometer.

long run sept 21

Sunday Runday 19k done

I couldn’t have asked for a better run; perfect temperature, the new hydration pack was awesome and my pace was exactly where I wanted it to be overall.

When I got back home the girls and Sai were hanging out. Hilary came running up to me so I quickly picked her up. Then after realising I was completely sweaty, she gave me the ugliest face ever and I put her down. “Mommy swea-ty”. Yes, dear, Mommy was sweaty. We then did some yoga and stretches together – so cute watching them do pigeon pose.

Anyone run or race this weekend?

Hydration pack on long runs or not?

What’s the earliest you’ve started your morning run?

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10 thoughts on “I Finally Pulled It All Together and Had A Great Run

  1. Good for you! I had a crappy week and then finally a great run on Sunday, so it happens to us all. I bought a fuel belt but never used it. I’m pretty much spoiled by the water fountains on the Lake Front Trail. But during races I will use aid stations.

    • So happy you had a great run…nothing makes you feel better then a great run! I never really wanted a fuel belt until a few months ago and I put it off to see if I could get away with it. Now that I’m running those longer runs, I want to have water on me just in case. Though I only drink it when I take my GU’s…it’s nice to have AND to find one that I actually liked.

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