Monday, August 2, 2010

Runnin' down a dream....

Wow, thanks to everyone who entered the iRun Like A Girl Giveaway!  I used random.org to determine the winner, and it is #50 Run ODonnel!   

Congrats! Send me an email and I'll give you the details on how you can get your prize!

Saturday was another successful run, of 18 miles.  This week we left from Norine's house, ran through her neighborhood, then through some really pretty side roads that bordered cornfields, and then along the river.  Onondaga Lake Park is in the town next to us, so we ran onto the trail there.  It was nice to see so many other people running and biking at that early hour, usually at that time of day we only see each other.  My legs were feeling it during this run, but in a good way, although my knee started bugging me a bit around mile 10, and that was weird.  Then we came to a bridge that was under construction.....and I don't like bridges.  I make Mike drive on the inside lane when we go over them, I get a weird tingly feeling in my feet and I want to be as far away from the edge of the bridge as possible.  We had to run over what essentially was layers of plywood on a platform, and all I could think of was falling through it, then landing on the highway below, while a tractor trailer going 70 mph crushes me and screws up my whole marathon plan.  At any rate, I felt good the whole run, but I bitched a bit for the last mile, because it was pretty much uphill the whole way. 

What I'm especially happy about, is that for these last couple of long runs I haven't used my ipod.  It makes a huge difference between running alone, and being able to talk with Jeannine and Norine as we run, but we have our quiet moments.  It's those times when I'm in my little Zone, and I realize that I'm not only training my body for the Big Show, but my mind as well.  I really feel in tune with myself, which helps to up my confidence level.

After I got home and sat in an ice bath (wearing Mike's Cleveland Browns ski hat - I know, I know) and ate some leftover veggie ziti, we took the kids blueberry picking, which made for some delish blueberry pancakes for breakfast this morning.  My hamstring is a bit sore today, but I'm keeping up with the stretching and icing. 

Two other fun notes, I joined Abbi's first time marathon group, called Distance Dreamers, for runners who are completing their first marathon, or half marathon in 2010.  Abbi has a great blog, so if you're interested, go check it out!

And check out Julie's blog (I just love her), for her newest giveaway, which is a foam roller, sports beans, Nuun, gels and Glide.  You can find it here!

25 comments:

Teamarcia said...

Congrats on yet another nice solid LONG run!

Allie said...

Awesome work on the long run! I'm nervous for my mileage to pick up, but it's great reading about the success you had! :)

Erika said...

Great job on another long run!

abbi said...

Sounds like a great long run...thanks for the mention here!!

Peggy said...

Wow, love your determination! Great job on the long runs!

Katie H said...

Awesome job on your run Molly! Thanks for posting about the distance dreamers-I'm going to join! :)

Pam said...

I just had the funniest mental picture with your description of sitting in an ice bath with a ski hat on. haha!

Lisa said...

congrats on a great run! Sounds like a beautiful route. Hope you have fun with the new group - I imagine it's a great group of runners!

Runners Fuel said...

Great run!!

Nicki said...

Great job, Molly! I am loving watching your training as I am about a month behind you so I can see what is to come. I say that, then looked at my schedule this week - 17 miles. UGH!

Tricia said...

great job on the run!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Molly, you continue to amaze me! Congrats and keep up the good work! I'm rooting for you!!

Kellie said...

Great job on the run! I did 16 this weekend and found myself bitching for the last 3 miles or so. I guess it comes with the territory :)

Tara said...

Whoohoo! A great 18 miler! I can't wait to hear how the 20 goes.

And you are totally allowed to bitch on the last mile or two, especially if it is uphill!!!

I had a shitty 16 miler yesterday, too damn hot.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I get nervous biking over a bridge

ajh said...

I'm jealous of your great 18 mile run. But I had a good 6 mile run today and I am going to add another 3 later. Nice job on the ending of your run.

J said...

Great job on the long run!! Where the blueberries you picked a little small this year?? I think its from the heat - I was sad the blueberries I picked were not as big as usual. But they still make great muffins, pancakes and blueberry buckle!

Caratunk Girl said...

Awesome long run! Way to push through at the end, that can be the hardest part!

64 CLASSIC said...

Great job on the 18. I've got a 8 to 10 miler to do this week for an half in early October. Reading your post makes me want to lace up the shoes and head out!!

Best of luck!!

Kelley said...

Wow 18 miles! This is the part that makes me nervous. I have only ever run 13.1 miles and am nervous about being able to run that many.
You make it sound easy.

Susan Fobes said...

Okay, I never thought I would know someone else who had a husband that liked the Cleveland Browns-go figure! Sorry I've been away, but I am up and moving now(rather slowly, but still moving!)

Amy said...

18 miles! Way to go! Following it up with blueberry picking sounds like a pretty awesome day!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i like doing some of my long run with the ipod and some without at least when i'm running alone... I kinda want to use it for a few miles when with the group but i don't!

Iron Mike said...

Yep, I'd skip the bridge, too. But you had to crush 18 miles and earn those blueberry pancakes.
And thank you, now I know what we're having for breakfast on Saturday.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I just came across your awesome blog via Higher Miles. I will be following your blog and your training progress! Great job on the 18 miles!