Saturday morning and I had a long run to get to.
6:15am I got up and started getting ready. Friday I had mapped out my run and was planning to run to the Strawberry Farm to meet Kaylie and pick strawberries! I was very familiar with the first 4.5 miles of the route but after that I was running blind.
I pulled out my Nathan hydration pack which Brian gave me for Christmas but I had yet to use. Well 6 months after Christmas I finally got around to it. And this really is a common practice for me. I love new things...and I love to keep them brand new and not use them. I seriously will buy things (or receive things), keep them in my closet with the tags on and not use them just because I don't want to ruin them. Weird, I know.
I filled the little hydration pack with 30 fl ounces of water (although it can hold like 70 but that would have been a lot of weight to carry) along with my phone, camera, a new raspberry hammer gel to try, a damp wash cloth, money, and ID. I weighed myself with the pack and without. The pack weighed about 4.6 pounds which wasn't bad.
After a quick breakfast of raisin toast and peanut butter, I headed out. The weather was actually perfect - cloudy and a cool 62F although very humid and I was dripping in sweat by mile 3. But I just kept running along enjoying the time outside and the route. I had left the house at around 7am so the traffic was ultra light plus I was on all back roads so I was pretty much alone the whole time. I was planning on meeting Kaylie at 8:30am and had left plenty of time.
After mile 6, the area I was running in started to get HILLY! And I mean like roller
coaster hilly! I would reach the top of the hill, then start going down, reach the bottom of the hill, then start running back up the next hill! It had to be the most intense hills I have ever run but I was happy I made it and knew it would be good training for the 15k. I stopped at mile 6.5 to have the hammer gel and water and I actually think it helped a lot. I just don't know how I am going to open and eat a gel during the race.
I reached the strawberry farm ten minutes early but Kaylie was already there. I put my bag in her car and off we went to pick strawberries. It was actually good that I stayed on my feet and picked because that way my legs didn't get tight and I was stretching (sorta) by bending and picking the berries!
Running to places is my favorite. It was so much fun to know that I was running to pick strawberries and running 9 miles! This run reminded me I need to respect the distance because those last few miles were tough. Plus I need to rehydrate after a run - a post weigh in on the scale showed I had lost almost 4 pounds!! Overall it was a great run and I am so happy about it! A great way to start off the weekend!
9.14 miles/1:11:17/7:48 pace
Have a good weekend!!