Let me begin by apologizing to all you readers who were looking forward to my Friday Charleston Recap Post 2. Due to some technological malfunctions I was unable to post this weekend BUT you can look forward to part 2 tomorrow and a post about God’s grace and provision on Wednesday.
This weekend was a wonderful one in Philadelphia. I had gone up for a good friend’s wedding and while there I got to run, hang out with friends, do the wedding coordinating, and go to the beach!
Because I was going to be back on a Saturday (and that is when I run with the running club the Philly Runners) I decided to do my long run that day. I left at 7:30 with two Gu’s, a water bottle, and determination. When I got to the Philadelphia Museum of Art I got to catch up with a few of my favorite people in the club and meet some newbies before we took off.
My plan was to stick to 9-9:30 miles for all 16 and that meant joining the 9 minute mile pace group. Well off we went and I was enjoying talking to one of my new running friends so much we were breaking 9 minute miles by a lot (20-30 seconds). Being a two time marathon runner she had answers to my litany of questions and I used her as an example for when I should fuel. I think it was just about perfect.
The night before I had carbo loaded on beer and pizza and started Saturday morning with a bagel and cream cheese. I waited til mile 5.5 to take my first Gu and for the first time took it all at once because there was a water fountain.
Two water fountains and 3 miles later I took half of my second Gu and finished it off at mile 12. My stomach didn’t revolt anything (water or Gu) like it sometimes does and I felt fairly strong right up until the last minute!
Thanks to my awesome running friend the run went by so quickly. When looking down at my watch I was expecting it to read average 9:30 miles but it was actually average 8:58 mile splits!
It felt AWESOME! Seeing 16 was really special because it means only 10 more miles to add!
After the run to recover I downed these three things as I stretched it out.
While stretching I ran into three of my lovely friends and ended up hanging out with one until leaving for the wedding. Easily Alyssa was one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen and I can’t wait to hear all about hers and Stephen’s honeymoon when they return! Congratulations the #newlywoods!! Thanks for letting me be part of your special day!