Dear 20 miler,
I’m sorry I crushed you like that…. Next time I’ll let you have a little more say in how it goes down. Today, I just didn’t hear your protesting over the sound of the bada** soles of my sweet new shoes hitting the street….
Yeah, that’s ~pretty much~ how it went down.
I got up, ate breakfast, AND took 4 TUMS as part of my ‘nutrition’ strategy. TMI details on why I did it, but suffice it to say, I determined that it was at least worth trying. I have 1/2 a post dedicated to my nutrition strategy already written, I promise I will overshare next week.
I was totally discombobulated when I got out of the car today, had to run back to get 1/2 my belongings. I ran into discombobulated 3L… arg! This was NO WAY to start a 20. So I stopped a second and regrouped and made a joke about something inconsequential. Then I knuckle bumped my WonderTwin, turned on my watch... and just like that - I was good to go.
Before I knew it, 3L, KC, T, Kristi, WineNotWhine & I were out on the roads for 20 miles. Our first mile was nice and easy 9:40’s.
And then what happened? Well….
It was cool.
I was with my domestic partner.
Uh, it was cool?
I have no excuse except that I don’t know how to read the new watch, so I ran on feel. And I felt good. Sure it seemed like we were passing a lot of people but, I was running on feel so…
|PinkJ, SpeeDee & Lyon|
ROLL CALL!!! Here, here, here, here,…. Yeah, we were hilarious coming out of the 2nd SAG. The course was familiar and industrial and neighborhoods and, after running a blistering 8something pace down the Grove Hill, we dropped T at mile 10….
And picked up SpeeDee, PinkJ and Lion at 10.
I intended to slow down. Um. So not how it went down.
After Belle Isle we had a few wicked climbs… and I was with the Posse climbing through the city, thanks to WineNotWhine insisting on “SUPER HERO FORMATION”. WnW is so cute that when we passed some construction workers on a coffee break they called out, “Hey, wait up!” With those 3 men watching us like we were the frosting on a cupcake WnW throws her arms up and says, “c’mon” and did a little shimmy. So I threw my arms up and joined her. ~The whole shack shimmied~
SAG again, Q again, Southern Comfort, laugh again & then off again.
|Kristi & WnW|
Now, we’re getting tired but we’re not really slowing the pace much, and then what happened? Well, it’s Typical GBA**.
A runner passed us.
A beautiful male runner.
With Lickable Abs.
And I sang, “This ain’t no country club… This is L.A.”
And the NEXT thing I knew we were all singing Sheryl Crow while running sub 10’s through the city of Richmond at mile 16 of our 20.
|PinkJ, Lion, SpeeDee, g., 3L, WnW, Kristi & KC|
~High~ and smiling I quoted VWB, “I never knew training for a marathon could be this much fun.”
We had to snap some photos at the end of the run…. cos...
see above about ~high~
|Running Mates KC & 3L|
And we had to hit Starbucks on the way home, of course.
<--- And, um, then of course… we had to call a PLANK OFF at the Starbucks.
Cos that’s how we roll.
~savor the run~