I’ll tell y’all right up front that since the Turkey Trot 10K on Thanksgiving, my (running) mileage has been pretty minimal. In fact, there have been no miles logged at all since last Friday. Part laziness, part excuses. It’s been really easy for me to come home from work at night and snuggle up by the fireplace and my new (beautius) Christmas tree. And my snooze button has been getting a major workout each morning. So when I heard earlier this week that the Perfect Strangers were planning a Saturday morning run, I was all in. Christi’s ultramarathon is in 2 short weeks and what better way to help her through the final stretch then by joining her on a training run. Meggie, Karen & I will be running with her that day in a 3-person relay version, so us + Amy & Meghan took to the Monon this morning to log some miles.
But before we ran:
Last night was the Hospitalist Christmas Party. It was very low key, a potluck type affair held at the hospital. I prepared my family’s cornflake cheesy potato dish (yum) and a side of blue cheese dressing (double yum). It was nice to hang out with my coworkers and their spouses on a more casual level. Plus all the food was delish!
After the party let out, the hubs dropped me off at home as he had a date with his manfriends. After changing into cozies, Allie and I decided to spend the rest of the night decorating our Christmas tree. No tv, no music, no wine. Just us, the fireplace, and the light of the tree. There was something about going through all my old childhood ornaments that was very comfortable. My heart was warm.
I was up by 645a, and after getting my goods together and donning my cold weather gear, I dropped the pupster off at doggy day care and was on the road by 730.
My drive down to Indy was so cheerful. As soon as I fired up the car, some of the best Christmas music came on. I’m finally okay with listening to holiday tunes now that it’s December. However, pre-Thanksgiving Christmas music: absolutely not. Let the other holidays have their chance! The rest of the drive consisted of HeyTell-ing w/ Daddy and watching the gorgeous sunrise. Perfection.
I made it to the Monon by 830a and the girls took our standard pre-run pic. Hey, I needed it for the blog! 😉
I found out early on that, unlike lame ol’ me, most of the girls had done a bit of “beveraging” last evening. So needless to say they were feeling the wrath this morning. I definitely felt like the lame one! Despite the sluggishness, we started off fairly strong. Probably a little faster than we should have. We picked up Meghan at 86th street and kept moving south. Christi and Karen were aiming for 16 miles, the rest of us were planning on 10 ~ 5 miles down and back. A McD’s stop and a few walk breaks here and there made for an easy first half.
Miles 6-10 were another story. We ran into Meggie & Josh around mile 7. They did their own morning run as their late night led them home a little later than expected. It was good to see their smiley faces. We did a very brief catch up and proceeded on. A bit later, some dude going the other direction yelled out “Go Blue” as we ran past. Cute. He must not be privy to the fact that blue + yellow = green. Go State!
Not much action took place during the last few miles. We were tired. We needed water (Monon, c’mon! There’s still runners out here!). Plus our s*** was tight 😉 My right foot started aching a few miles in, which immediately made me nervous. I do NOT want to be sidelined again. All of us haven’t been running much since our marathons this fall, so our bodies were not used to whipping out 10 miles like before. Like Amy said, I don’t know when the last time running 10 miles was so hard.
But despite everything, we finished. 10 miles in 1:35. We took a lot of little stops. It was super hard at times. Our bodies did not want to cooperate. And all we could talk about was Dunkin Donuts. But it got done. Slowly but surely. And all the while with a happy heart. And you better believe I drove out of my way to get a Dunkaccino and flat bread sangwich on my way home!
Today: Nap + food. Tonight: Christmas Costume Party/ MSU vs Wisconsin Big Ten Championship game. I enjoyed my laziness last night. But maybe/ hopefully if all goes well, I’ll be the one feeling the wrath tomorrow 😉
GO GREEN GO WHITE!!