So Sunday I planned on doing my long run (16 miles). First things first, I got to do yardwork. Yes, yardwork. And we live in an apartment complex. They don’t take care of anything here. So I got to rake for a couple hours. Fun fun fun. That was a good workout in itself. But at least now I can (potentially) plant some veggies out there!
Around 6pm I was finally ready to get my run in. I don’t normally like starting this late, but there were a lot of distractions that day. Since it was already 6pm and it was going to be dark before I finished, I headed down to the basement to run on the treadmill. I love that I don’t mind knocking out 16 miles on a treadmill now. There’s something oddly cool about that.
My little running bubble. We have a Proform 8.5 Personal Fitness Trainer Treadmill. I LOVE IT.
My pre-run setup: 2 large water bottles, Strawberry GU chomps, clean bandanna, phone, iPod, bodyglide
My long run entertainment – This run was Season 2, Disc 2. 7.5 more seasons to go!
This was my first run trying out my new Bondi Bands! I got three headbands the other day and I was super excited to see how they worked!
My biker chick one – the other two are a pretty floral pattern, and a 26.2 one that I won’t wear until I cross the finish line. It’s my motivation/reminder.
The Bondi Bands are super lightweight material so I didn’t really notice it when it was on. It’s larger than a normal headband, but you can fold or roll it if you want. I wore it flat and wasn’t bothered by how much of my head it covered. Overall, I liked it!
Getting situated. I LOVE my Nike+!
I did it!
Hooray! This was my longest run to-date. After having a month and a half of crappy runs, skipped runs, and not enough runs, I am very proud of myself. The first 12 miles felt alright. Nothing spectacular, but no major problems. At mile 12 my knees started to tighten up, but I stuck it out. For the last two miles I was running like a 90 year old, but I did it.
If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for sticking with me! I won’t keep posting daily updates (maybe every 2 or 3 days?), but it definitely makes me think twice about skipping a run if I know I have to write something about it later.
Perhaps I’m getting back on track. There are 70 days left until my marathon. It’s not much time and I need to keep on going!