The weekend started out with a stop at the local running store to pick up my race packet for the Girls with Sole (here) Lula 5K that I would be running on Sunday. I ran into my friend Kim at packet pick up and we did a little shopping and I decided to buy a book written by Liz Ferro, the founder of Girls with Sole. After I paid for my copy of "Finish Line Feeling" (here) I asked Liz to sign it for me. She did so and we all talked for a bit. After leaving the running store, I head to use a Dick's sporting goods gift card I had. I ended up running into Kim there as well! I bought a fun skirt and two tanks tops that I really like! Since I was scheduled to run 14 miles on Sunday I had to switch my workouts around so I could fit in the 5K and cheer on my dear friends Missi and Patty at their first 1/2 IronMan. I decided I would get my long run in early Saturday morning and just run the 5K with tired legs. Once I got home Friday evening I got everything ready for my morning run and then sat down and started reading "Finish Line Feeling". The book was so fantastic and I didn't want to put it down. After getting to page 100 or so I knew I needed to call it a night since my alarm would be going off early in the morning.
I had no problem getting up with my alarm for my run which was great. It was the perfect temperature outside and I was looking forward to my run. Since the marathon I am training for is a two loop course I had decided that I would run my 7 mile loop twice. The added bonus would be that I would go past my house if I needed more water, fuel, or a restroom break. Awesome! I start out on my run feeling great and as I approach mile two I am faced with this.
|Life is full of detours|
|Elbow rash and yes, I did press stop on my Garmin. HA!|
|14 run and done!|
|I did take the road less traveled...ouch!|
I was up early again on Sunday morning to head to the Lula 5K. I ran a mile warm-up with Kim and then we took a few pictures and headed to the start line.
|Kim, me, and Bick|
|Pretty impressive for replacement signs!|
|Kim, me, Patty, Missi, and Bick|
We had to get a photo of all of us and then we separated ways and headed home. Of course we were starving by this point so we stopped off and grabbed a late lunch before making it back home. Once I finally made it back to my house I realized that my face was really hot. Sure enough, my face is as red as a tomato today. Overcast skies and no sunscreen are a painful combination.
Although I have battle scars and sunburn to show for it, I wouldn't change this past weekend for the world. I am so glad that we could be there to see Missi and Patty finish their journey. Believe me though, I know these ladies well enough to know this isn't the end...they are just getting started!!
Keep running, you're simply the best, and Missi and Patty you inspire me!!