It was soo nice out yesterday, yet I stayed in most of the day : ( Derek and I didn’t get out of the house until 4:30. We ate dinner at his parents house, which was really good. We had grilled swordfish, green beans, corn and salad. Derek’s mom always makes really good complete dinners. For dessert we ate a lemon cranberry scone with berries and whipped cream. It was delicious and satisfying.
Derek’s friend from work was having a bonfire to celebrate his divorce, kinda weird I know, but there’s no reason not to celebrate what makes you happy. We had some time to kill before we headed over there so we decided to hit up Target. Wandered around there for a little while before I stumble upon this:
It’s a camelbak, except Nalgene brand. I knew I had to get it right when I saw it. I’ve been needing some kind of ‘water carrier’ recently because I have been extending my long runs and its tough to go without water for so long, especially in the heat. I tried it on and it’s very light weight, (well w/o water) and it didn’t stick out too much on my back. I bought it and couldn’t wait to use it today on my 8 mile run! What great timing, I knew there was a reason I pushed my run back til today.
We headed over to the bonfire and there was a good amount of people already there. There were KILLER mosquitos everywhere and I was miserable for the first half hour. I had shorts and sandals on, which was not smart on my behalf. Surprisingly I had a really good time. I drank three beers, talked to some cool people and stood in front of the fire all night.
Got home around 1 am and into bed around 2 am. I woke up this morning around 10:15 to cloudy skies : ( What happened? I thought it was supposed to be mostly sunny and in the 70’s today. I was a little bummed, but as long as it wasn’t raining I was going to get out there and run my butt off. I ate a piece of toast with some peanut butter and filled up my new camelbak and was ready to attempt an 8 miler for the second time. I mapped it all out on Friday night and my route was a little silly because it was all over the place. It’s tough when you have such a long distance to map out, I was going to have to run up and down side streets and do a couple loops just to rack up the mileage.
Before my run, happy and ready to get out there.
I packed a GU to eat halfway through, which is supposed to be taken with water, which I was glad to have. It took me a little bit to get used to the camelbak, but after the first mile or so I felt more comfortable. It was funny to hear all of the water sloshing around on my back, I kinda felt like a dork. I just figured anyone who would be making fun of me is someone who most likely can’t run 8 miles, so they can back off, haha. It was SO HUMID out, I felt like I was swimming. The first half of my run was pretty good, but the last few miles I started to get really tired and HOT. I kept talking to myself to keep going. The sun did end up coming out, but it was at a point where I did not want it . I actually wished it would’ve started to rain, it would’ve given me some relief. I did not want to stop, I wanted to be able to RUN the whole way. The last mile was literally hell, I felt like I was hallucinating, it was so difficult. Let me tell you though, I would NOT have made it through that run without water, there is no way. I’m happy I spent the $40 on the camelbak, it was a worthwhile purchase and I will definitely get a lot of use out of it. It will only be used on my long runs, but its a nice little present to myself to keep me motivated.
I should’ve taken an after picture when I got back from my run because I probably looked like I was ready to die. That was, without a doubt the toughest run I’ve ever had. The only downside to the camelbak is what it did to my back. I needed to have it tight so it would’ve bounce around all over the place, but it was brushing up against the skin on my back because I had a thin strapped shirt on. Next time I will wear something with more coverage or will have to get some Mole skin to cover my back up.
This hurt like hell in the shower. I had marks like this on both of my shoulders.
- Distance: 8 Miles
- Time: 78:54
- Pace: 9:51/mile
- Calories Burned: 800 (estimate)
I sure did need a good breakfast after that. I made Derek and I some egg sandwiches that were sooo good!
- 2 Eggs
- Raw Milk NY Cheddar Cheese
- 1 tbsp of hummus
- Ray’s NY sesame seed bagel
This was apparently a New York inspired sandwich, how appropriate!