Twelve was awesome, it was amazing, it just was.
It’s 2 more miles than 10 and 1.10 less than a half-marathon.
So it’s kind of a tease if you ask me.
Honestly though, I was excited to do it this morning. Excited to mark it off the list and say “Oh yeah, I ran 12 miles today, no big deal”.
LOL. I’m still in the mentality that 12 miles is (and probably will ALWAYS be) a big deal.
Anyways, so I met up with my TEAM at 7:00 am for the official run. I was sad that my marathon training pal Maria would not be there, but so glad that my new two TEAM friends Victoria & Jen were there!
I was prepared to run by myself, but was secretly hoping to tag along with them.
The run went fine until we hit between mile 4 & 5 where the big hill… (remember this from weds?) came back into play.
UGH! Once again my run:walking ratio switched drastically to walking with a hint of running.
This tells me I need some SERIOUS hill practice and stat!
We got to the top and had a quickie water break. The team waterjug made me laugh.
It was a lot more funny after reaching the top let me tell you. But I still won’t say I ❤ hills.
Then it was several miles down hill through a beautiful neighborhood. It was like icing on the cake. Ahh… 🙂
We kept at a pretty good constant pace for the next bit.
It truly wasn’t until mile 8-9 that we took a break and walked. That is when the mile 9 syndrome kicked in though.
My body starts hurting, my blisters on my feet were killing, but we were soooooo close to the finish.
For dramatic effect I knew you would want to see my picture.
The blister is where the red spot is around my arch. It doesn’t look that bad, but I had one on each foot. 😦
Anyways, I chowed down some GU CHOMPS around this time too. I figured a little more energy would get through mile 9 syndrome with no probs. It worked wonders!
Today we were running 9 minutes with a 1 minute walking break. I liked this one a lot, but honestly I think we finished pretty close to the time we would have finished with our 6:1 .
Right after mile 11, Jen and Victoria were a bit farther ahead of me. So it was just me, running the last bit alone. I desparately wanted to walk, but knew I couldn’t cheat myself the last little bit. I hung in there. Right until we reached the ending point where the rest of the TEAM was gathered and doing post stetching.
I snapped this photo of garmina. A little sad that it doesn’t quite say 12 but there was one water break I stopped my watch at and ran a few minutes without turning it back on. So deep in my heart I know I ran 12.
Total Distance: 12 miles | Total Time: roughly 2 hours 35 minutes
I was so excited to celebrate this milestone and knew the perfect way…. with a smoothie of course!
A new Smoothie shop called TREE CITY just opened up in town and I knew that would be the perfect reward!
I ended up going with the drink called HIGHER GROUNDS
Organic cold-pressed espresso
non-fat vanilla yogurt
I had them add a banana, 2 handfuls of spinach and supplement booster of Women’s Vitamin Blend.
I got the weird face from the guy making my smoothie when I asked about spinach. Are you sure you want to mix it with chocolate and espresso? uh… DUH?!!
I informed him that I was kind of a pro at this and convinced him to try my smoothie afterwards. He was pleasantly surprised.
I am still sipping on this drink – it might have just been a little too sweet for my liking this morning. So glad I added the nanner and spinach though. I would go back, probably just order a fruit smoothie next time. It was the ESPRESSO that got me.
After you run 12 miles, you want food and coffee ASAP. So I figured why not eliminate a step?
Anyways… off to enjoy the rest of my lazy saturday! Enjoy your weekend!