Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Girl's Weekend and Double Long Runs

Saturday morning was a cool 68* and overcast = perfect running weather!!  Heather, Dawn and I set out to run 10 miles.  My goal was to run 6 miles at race pace then just easy miles the rest of the run.  I hit 6.5 miles in 48:56 and felt great.  We were going to run a few miles on a trail but the spider webs and millions of horse flies chased us out of the trail!!  We made a friend coming out of the trail who is also going to be running the Philly 26.2.  He and I were chatting away running 7:15 pace comfortably.  I felt great but was starving the last few miles of the run!! I finished with 14 total miles.  Dawn and Heather did amazing as well and nailed their 10 miler!   Here are a few pics from our adventure:

Yes we have all had to do this!
Debbie was back at the house in her "happy place"  whipping up and amazingly delicious breakfast for everyone!  She is such and awesome Chef and I wish I could live with her for a week and learn from her!!  I could ask her any question about cooking/food and she has the answer!  So after our run this was exactly what we needed to refuel and then head to the beach! 
Angel made it down and all 5 of us girls headed to the beach for some sun but it was a little chilly so we went back to the house for some chips, fresh guacamole, and margaritas!! 
Few things I learned this weekend is I am very, very lucky to have such amazing girlfriends, I love my long runs again, and I am not a tapas girl!   My friends are all uniquely amazing and I love each and every one of them!  I felt my runner's high again on my long run.  And we went out for tapas but after running high mileage I wanted a meal...The tapas were yummy but this was the portion:
Scallop with Ravioli

   On Sunday morning Angel and I got up early while the other girls slept in.  We set out for our 17 mile run and the weather was perfect again!  68* and low humidity.  We ran a few miles on the road then found another trail so we decided to give it a whirl.  I loved the trail and the way my legs and hips felt running on the softer surface.  We came across a beautiful pond:
So we had to stop for a quick pic then started back through the wilderness....We did see the BIGGEST spider ever and I have a huge fear of spiders so I kept running and Angel stop to look!   We found another friend named Josh who is also running Philly too!!  So the three of us ran on the trails for a few quick miles until Angel got attacked by 30 horse flies...No joke she has the bite to prove it!!!  At this point we decided we were done with the woods and went back on the road...All in all we finished with 17 miles in 2:20 minutes.  We found the cutest little organic juice place called The Juicebox so we stopped and refueled with smoothies.
Heather and Dawn came and picked us up since we still had about 1.5 miles to trek back to the house and now temps were in the high 80's.   Debbie had an amazing breakfast waiting for us at home!
some of the yummy breakfast!

Do you like trail running or road running??
Happy Running!!

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