Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Week 2 of training on a regular schedule again has been very rewarding! I reached an important milestone this weekend: 12 miles. This may seem insignificant, but 12 miles was my last distance before getting injured. This weekend’s run was truly redemption for me, and I feel more confident than ever.

I mentioned last week that I thought I’d found some pacing buddies, and now I can confirm that I actually have (thank goodness). My TNT teammates Alex and Michael are great running partners. They keep me motivated, and also distracted from the long miles. Our conversations ranged this week to chafing (ouch!) to the war in Iraq (yikes!) to our pets (yay!). It’s interesting how quickly you get to know a complete stranger when you’re distance running. Maybe because we’re training with TNT and have a common interest, that there is already a level of trust. Talking comes easy. There is little pressure to impress, so amid the silence between conversations, trying to fill it with words seems unnecessary. The runs are enjoyable, not torture. We work off each other. We’re a team.

Here we are at the mile 9 water stop this weekend. Alex is on my left and Michael is on my right.

Here we are at the mile 9 water stop this weekend. Alex is on my left and Michael is on my right.

I completed my run this weekend in a bit of discomfort, but an ice bath and Advil seemed to help — a lot. Twenty-four hours later, I’m feeling much better. I also think the barre class I took this morning helped to loosen up my muscles.

Per a new post-ice bath routine, I like to have a hot cup of coffee and Oreos. When I did this yesterday, my dog, Matty, was incredibly interested. Dogs can’t have chocolate — so Matty didn’t get an Oreo — but I did get an adorable picture of him going in for a cookie kiss!

Cookie kiss!

C’mon Mom! You’re torturing me with that cookie!

And I also got a fantastic picture of him photobombing!

Look at Matty Boy's face! Eyes closed and tongue sticking out!

Look at Matty Boy’s face! Eyes closed and tongue sticking out!

After a weekend of Calorie-burning, I’d say it’s about time to relax and enjoy the rest of this long, three-day weekend.

Happy Labor Day everyone!

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