It was also very nice running weather this morning, considering the weather we've had lately. It was 67 degrees and overcast. I did my favorite trail through the Metropark, but had to add in a little extra to hit 12 miles.
As soon as I started running, I thought, "Oh wow, this is going to be a long run!" because my calves were hurting from the Wii Active. I hoped they would loosen up after a couple of miles, and they did--thank goodness. I ran 5 miles, going to the far point of the Metropark, then turned around.
As soon as I turned around, I was running directly into a strong wind. I had no idea how windy it was, because it was at my back the whole way out. As soon as I wasn't so close to the lake, the wind wasn't too bad anymore. Instead of following my route back to the car, I did a 2-mile detour to add some mileage.
I ran a dirt trail that loops through the woods and right along the lake. I love to run that spot!
I refilled my water at about mile 8. That was actually the only time I stopped throughout the entire run. My knee held up perfectly, so I didn't have to do any walk breaks. I kept a pretty even pace the whole time, which is my main goal on my long runs--to stay consistent.
At about mile 9, this guy came up behind me riding a very strange looking little bike thing (I just did a Google search, and it is apparently called a Trikke). It looks like this:
I quickly showered and all I could think of was breakfast. I am rarely in the mood for eggs, but I really wanted scrambled eggs with potatoes and cheese. So I peeled and shredded a potato, and cooked it with some diced green pepper, and then added 3 eggs and a wedge of chipotle Laughing Cow cheese. It was SO good, and just what I needed after all the exercise.
I actually finished The Glass Castle today! Much sooner than I expected to, which means it held my interest enough to make me want to keep reading. It reminded me SO MUCH of the TV show on Showtime called "Shameless". (I absolutely love that show!) But anyway, the book was great and I'm glad I read it. Thanks to all of you who suggested it! Next I'm going to start on Racing Weight.