What? An easy 18-miler? I didn’t know they made those.

I had a wonderful long run today, despite all odds. I’m still on cloud nine.
I woke up this morning very tired and thirsty. I think my body was still recovering from Viennese Ball this weekend. I took my thyroid pill, chugged some water, and went back to sleep. When I finally woke up around 10 (so much sleep!), I made breakfast.

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Plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 banana, kiwi, walnuts, chia seeds, and agave. Oh, and a big cup of coffee, of course! I ate breakfast and listened to the wind howling outside my window. The weather was beastly here today.

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When I checked, it was 41 degrees with 30 mph winds gusting up to 40 mph and 80% humidity. All weekend, I kept wondering how I was going to pull off a run with bronchitis. My solution was to take it really easy, nice and slow… and just get the miles in. As soon as I heard that wind, I knew that there was no way for me to take it easy out there. ::sigh::
I took my run inside. Yay, treadmill! On days like today, the pros outweigh the cons. Unless I up the incline on the treadmill, the belt helps propel myself forward, so treadmill running is technically a little easier. Then again, it has a major boredom factor. It was also warm and humid in the gym, so I ended up sweating a ton.

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There’s my sweet setup. I got the spot next to the staircase, so I could use the half wall to store my extra water bottles and my candy dish. It was filled with all the goodies- Jolly Ranchers, Swedish Fish, Starburst jelly beans, and strawberry Gu Chomps. I had my phone, so I kept tracking my Sole Sister and “coach,” Nancy. She was braving the heat in Boston today. Congratulations, Nancy!
I also had my iPad, and Netflix allows me to watch pretty much whatever I want while I’m treadmilling it. Today’s choice was a few episodes of Drop Dead Diva.
My friend, Kim, joined me about 9 miles in for an impromptu Sole Sister run. It was so nice to sweat like crazy next to a kindred spirit. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Kimmy!

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Paulie stopped by for a bit, too.

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He’s looking lean! He’s got a big competition coming up, and he is more than prepared. ๐Ÿ™‚ He distracted me and I loved it for a mile and a half while we talked about photo stuff for his upcoming wedding to his beautiful and sweet fiancรฉ, Nikki.

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That’s a shot from my engagement shoot with them last fall. ๐Ÿ™‚ Too cute!
After he left, I was in the home stretch and started to go a little stir crazy.

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Surprisingly, my lungs felt awesome until the very end. Around mile 17, I started coughing a bit. I just tried to hang in there until the end, and I even felt good enough to turn up the speed a bit!
I finished with final splits of 10:10, which is perfect for a long run at my pace goals.

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Today’s run was the first time I actually wore my CEP sleeves while running. I had been wearing them for recovery, until I realized that my feet were swelling, and that’s not good. I’m planning to invest in a good pair of compression socks to wear for recovery. I got a little crampy kind of twinge in my right calf around mile 11, but I imagined those sleeves massaging it away, and it didn’t bother me after that. The power of positive visualization!
This run seemed to fly by, and I felt awesome when I was finished. I love runs like this!!
I got home, made a recovery shake, took an ice bath, then cleaned up the house before Brian got home. Thank goodness for the dishwasher and washing machine. I’ve got it easy. ๐Ÿ™‚
Brian and I planned a delicious dinner but we needed a few groceries, so we hit two birds with one stone and took a short 2 mile shake out run to the store and back.

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Hey, if it’s within running distance, why not?

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We enjoyed our dinner of edamame, steamed dumplings, and spicy chicken stir fry with brown rice. I’m loving our time spent running and cooking together. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Yum! Off to watch DWTS and Smash. ๐Ÿ™‚

Miles this year: 195.2

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