Today I traveled for work. It was about a 2.5 hour drive each way, so I left home around 7:15 and got there around 9:45. I did my thang there until 1. We were served (ta-da!) a standard corporate box lunch:
I got all excited when I saw they’d put the veggies on the side, but I picked up the wrapped turkey croissant and it was, surprise surprise, dripping in mayo. Yick. So, I ate the apple and the brownie. I had prepared for something like this, though and on my way home, I ate a PB and raspberry preserves sandwich on an Arnold’s Thin:
Since I was going to be done with work earlier than usual today, and I know tomorrow’s going to be really hectic at work, I decided to make today my long run day! My Zensah compression sleeves felt so good last night today I wore them under my dress pants with my heels and knee-highs! Classy, huh?
Getting to the gym, though, was a comedy of errors. I was in the middle of super-rural Missouri, and the main road I needed to use was closed, so I went way out of my way for about 15 miles, and then ended up literally driving on gravel roads to get where I needed to go. Not cool.
After 3 hours in the car, I made it to the gym and changed. Except…where were my socks? They were nowhere to be found. I had to walk back to my car and tear the whole thing up from top to bottom to find them. (They’d fallen in between the door and the seat.)
So, I got a later start than I’d anticipated, but still earlier than on a regular workday. Today’s fuel of choice? A strawberry Clif Shot Energy Gel.
I split the run into two 4 mile runs, since the treadmill will only run for an hour before it stops. I took the first 4 miles easy at about 10:10/mile pace for most of the time and finished it in 40:30. I reset the treadmill, took the Clif Shot, drank some water, and set off for the second four.
Honestly, this run would have been perfect if not for my feet. My calves and shins felt great thanks to the calf sleeves (I didn’t wear them while I ran, but all day before), but my feet…oh, my stupid feet. Apparently, I’m working on Blistersquatch v. 2.0 on my left foot instead of my right this time.
It’s not a great picture, but that red part is all blister.
Anyway, aside from my feet, I felt great. I think my lungs and cardiovascular system are getting on board with this running thing, so that’s good. But yeah, the feet…I think I may need to go talk to the running store people again. I can’t afford new shoes, but I think a cushionier sock might help. I really pushed a little harder in the second half, and finished that in 39:50, so, in total, I finished 8 miles (for a new PDR!) in 1:20:30 even.
Including warm-up and cool-down:
Post-run impressions: I was SALTY. Like, put me in a pan with some butter and I’d be delicious. My skin, especially on my face and upper arms was CRUSTY. Any of you seasoned runners know what’s up with that? Also, I’m feeling barfy and nauseous. I think I really didn’t eat enough today—before the run, all day, I’d had a breakfast cookie, an apple, a brownie, a small PB&J, and a Mojo bar…so not a lot. Also, my buttcheeks chafed again. I think I will need to get a dedicated butt stick of Body Glide, because I’d prefer not to put the same stick in my asscrack and on my feet. (TMI, but hey, running’s not glamorous.)
Dinner was plain pasta with a little salt and butter. Nothing else sounded remotely appetizing, but I knew I needed to eat. Blech.
I did, however, come home to some fun surprises! From Tim:
Oh, hell yes. Two red velvet with cream cheese frosting, two chocolate with peanut butter frosting. Just because! Isn’t he great? I think later we’ll split two so we can each try both flavors once my stomach feels better. (Running-induced nausea usually goes away within a few hours for me.)
And the rest of the flower girl/ring bearer gifts:
These are SO cute in person, right down to the zipper pulls, good quality, and shipped to me with personalization in less than a week. I highly recommend Etsy seller Deerpath Designs—I think these will make great gifts!
We also got a wedding invite for a wedding on May 22nd in the mail! Eeek. I guess we should get ours out ASAP since we’re the 8th. Good thing we planned to do it Saturday anyway!
Anyway, I’m off to recuperate. Any advice about blisters, saltiness, buttcheek chafing or running nausea? Bonus round: what’s your favorite cupcake flavor?