...and totally by mistake. The whole plan for this morning was to get up around 5:30 and meet Kelly (aka - one of the best training partners/ultra marathoners out there!) at 7 at Seaside for a stellar 10 mile run. Well - I shot up and grabbed my trusty I phone to see what time it is. CRAP! Why won't it turn on!?!? Ahhh! It's dead? What!?!? The sun is up! What time is it? I grabbed big J's phone about ready to have a heart attack..and what do I see? 6:38. Ok. I can't sleep past 7 if my life depended on it. But still...I was late.
So I ran down stairs - grabbed my other phone to call up Kelly. Thankfully she was just about ready to jump into her car to meet me. No biggie. She just ran from home - and I did the same. Instead of have stimulating conversation - we where stuck with our I-pods. Oh well :) It happens.
So after that mini-breakdown, I threw on my running shoes and took off. Right now I'm hooked on 'fist pumping good time' house music when I run - which I've found some pretty awesome pod-casts to listen to. I just turn it up and zone out. The weather was perfect - 49, sunny, but there was some wind. Wonderful morning for a run.
I felt amazing. My goal pace was 8:50 avg - but I ended up at 8:40 for the 10 miles, which is my goal pace for ING at the end of the January. I was on cloud nine once I hit home. For the past two years or so, I have always ran with a group of people. But it's amazing what your body can do when you are by yourself. No pressure - except for your own goals.
Anyway - after the run, I had to knock out a few domestic duties before everyone else in Panama City Beach woke up. So I stopped at a gas station hoping for chocolate soy milk for a little post run treat. All they had was chocolate milk...ummm...my body is not a fan of milk. So I ended up getting muscle milk. This is new to me, but it is lactose free and full of protein. Why not give it a try? Gross. Ugh. Never again. I'd rather risk it with the milk next time.
Also - did anyone else watch KONA on tv today? It was great! But also the same old same old. I really wish NBC sports would put just a litte more focus on age groupers. We all know who won...and that they are amazing athletes no doubt! But give us some normal people! :) Also, the guy off of biggest loser? He did finish the race...just over (like by a few minutes) from the run cutoff. I really wish they would have mentioned that. And yes...I did have tears in my eyes!! (and if you watched it...I know you did too!)
Happy Saturday everyone!
I'm there with you. I hope MY training partner shows up at 6:30am tommorrow for our whatever ride.
Oh, biggest loser. He finished at around 5 minutes or so after the cutoff. they did put a little more human interest in this year but did a poor job of following up on what happened to them. I saw at least 3 maybe 4 they featured that never finished... maybe next year they will do better.
Your face is classic in that pic - I've tasted that stuff - chocolate milk (the REAL stuff) is way better :)
Didn't watch the KONA replay. Watched it live on the internet day of. There has to be megabyte upon megabyte of footage from the race from all the cameras. Why can't they post it on a site, and let people that? Annotate it as to what leg it is, and what the race time is. From that you could go hunting for a buddy.
The pro's are incredible to watch, but I get a bigger kick out of the age grouper struggling with the day.
I watched it and had tears as well! I just found your blog :) My daughters name is Chloe!! Happy Holidays
I got to be in Kona as a spectator this year and I can tell you, you should try and get out there and do the same. As good of a job as NBC does, it is even better sitting on the run course cheering on people with their families.
hope your holidays are good! muscle milk isn't that bad... you just have to know what flavors are good. (cookies and cream is the best!) And yes-i watched kona twice and the tears kept coming both times. At least I know I'm not the only one :)
Muscle milk is harsh.
Kona had a lot of DNF highlighted on this years show, it was sad.
Muscle Milk Light is the worst. Hands down. Chocolate soy is the way to go, but milk is better in a pinch...better than that Muscle Milk shit.
Kona was amazing. Sorry about the Biggest Loser guy, but even he admitted he didn't train properly for it. Kudos to him for even attempting while my sorry ass watched from home!
Happy New Year! My resolution is to balance that wine thing with the workout thing this year, as well...
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