I figured out a sure way to make certain I accomplished my 14 mile long run on Saturday…
…that was to run myself 7 miles out so I would have to run 7 miles to get back home.
It worked. I ran, and ran, and ran until garmina hit 7 miles. And then gladly turned around and ran the 7 miles back.
I knew with all the wedding festivities the month before that I had missed many of my much needed marathon training runs. Saturday’s long run was kind of a crucial one for me to gage where I was at.
If I could do the 14 miles successfully, then I knew that I could probably jump right back into training no probs!
My run was very peaceful and beautiful. I just followed the same path for 7 straight miles. And I saw some beautiful parts of Boise I had never seen before.
I actually jammed out to my ipod during this run too. Which I almost never run with music. But when I started the run, I knew I would need more motivation than usual.
I took a lot more walking, texting, emailing, & facebook breaks than I ever would on a regular run. But I didn’t care…whatever it took to get me through it was all I cared about.
I was truly amazed at how my body held up. My last long run was done on June 18th when I completed the Chocolate & Champagne Half marathon.
I just kept with it – well I had no choice really. I had to get myself home somehow and running was going to get me back a lot faster than walking.
Around mile 12 I ran out of water. I tried not to freak out as I knew I had a little ways to go. My energy was starting to drain a little bit, and I had blisters on my feet that were screaming at me.
But I just kept going until I hit a water fountain at mile 13. It was a godsend let me tell you. I also happened to run into Coach Brad, my TNT coach from last year.
We chatted a bit about the TNT team and it definitely gave me a little pep in my step to finish up strong.
Almost 3 full hours later I was done! Crazy sauce!
Okay…so that picture is a bit more dramatic than I actually remember it being. I was hot, sweaty and tired by the end but the run wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle.
And I promised myself a nice natural “ice bath” if I finished up the 14. Woo hoo!
So lucky to have the Boise River strategically placed at the end of my runs. 😉
No rest for me though… shortly after I finished up that long glorious run, I chowed down some eats and off to the Beer Fest we went.
I joked that I ran for beer that day. Boy did I ever!
I was so excited to meet up with my family and friends down at the park for the Barley Brother’s Traveling Beer Show!
It was awesome! For $25 you got this little 4 oz cup and as many tasters of beer as you wanted all day long.
There was over 200 different kinds of beer to taste, and I was so excited try some new ones.
There were so many beers to taste and I had a hard time deciding which one to go with. I usually ended up with the stouts & porters.
He get’s real serious when it comes to drinking beer! 🙂
At least that is what he told me after I took the picture. That’s my serious beer face! 🙂
Then we stumbled upon this hidden gem…. Payette Brewing!
This is one of Boise’s newest brewery’s and let’s just say that my brother and I are big fans!
After all was said and done, I’d have to say I thought it was a successful event.
And well–any pain I was feeling from the 14 mile run was surely numbed away by the gloriousness of all the beer!
Hope you all had a great weekend I know I did! Happy Monday!! 🙂