12 Miles

What a great 12 mile run today! First, I ran 6 easy miles with my dog. The temp today was 80-84*, but it didn't feel as hot as usual to me. I finished 6, dropped my dog off for a much-deserved nap, refilled my fuel belt bottles with blueberry pomegranate Gu Brew and set off down the street towards the park again.

About 7 miles into the run, I was hot and turned on my shuffle to get my mind off the heat, but it was out of power. I guess that's good practice for running through little setbacks. And this little setback is one I've had to get through during a marathon once. I was disappointed, but I finished!

Today's goal was to run the second half faster than the first. I ran the first 6 miles at 10:19/mile and the last 6 miles at 10:02/mile. : ) It's kind of hard to speed up on hot days.

Saturday I tried something new - risotto with roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, pancetta, asparagus, Parmigiano-Reggiano and pine nuts at Brio Tuscan Grille, where my husband and I had never eaten before. I'd never had a dish like this before and had to come home and google it to see just what I'd eaten! I just hope they didn't put too much butter and cheese in it. I try to order healthy food, but what a delicious meal that was, even on Sunday - leftovers are great!

I ran 60 miles last week and this week is a cutback week. The only pain I had last week was minor and only lasted one day - chafing on my ankle from my shoe tongue after I wore short socks. On the day my ankle hurt, I folded the shoe tongue up under the laces so it didn't rub on my ankle. My ankle has since healed and all is well.

I leave you with this thought... One of Josh Cox's tweets reminded me of this... When you run, do you think, I have to run today? Or, I get to run today? Makes a difference!


  1. So true about the "I get to run today! attitude" Yesterday I ran by an older man sitting outside a hospice building, it made me appreciate being able to run.

  2. 60 miles! Git it girl - you are a rockstar!!!

  3. Woo-hoo, I GET to run today!!! Mmmm, that dish you ordered sounds delicious - maybe you need to come up with your own homemade version???
    Glad you are liking the Blueberry-Pomegranate GU Brew.

  4. Nice work out there. I bet it's nice to have a reliable running buddy:) You're gonna rock Denver!

  5. 60 miles - that's awesome!

  6. Thanks for the kind words, everybody! It's been fun getting to run so much this week!

    Happy Trails, I would like to make risotto at home. I found lots of recipes online.

  7. I don't think I could go back home after 7 miles and go out to run more. I am sure something that needed to be done right away would grab my attention and that would be the end of my run especially on a hot day.
    Great mileage and you have earned that dish for sure.

  8. Good job on the negative splits and that is a great tweet. I think I often think I get to run today but not always.

  9. I always seem to finally "get used" to the temps when it's about to cool back off again. Great 12-miler! I think your negative splits were great - 17secs/mile add up quickly.

  10. 60 miles is great, girl!! You're running so well - yay!!

  11. Nice job running the second 6 faster than the first.

  12. 60 miles??!!! That IS AWESOME! And pain free - what a blessing!
    I love that question by Cox - it puts it all in perspective. I'm getting in the habit as I start off my runs thanking God for the gift and ability to run.

  13. Wow nice work...Ps I am new to your blog and I LOVE WEIMS!

  14. Great work! Cox does have some great quotes. Thanks for checking out the blog and enjoy the powerbar stuff!

    Run Happy!


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