This morning was the last really long run of my half marathon training. For the next two weeks I will do somewhere between 7 and 10 miles for my long runs, but today was 12 miles. Come to think of it, I haven't run 12 miles since May 14 - they day of my first half marathon.
For some strange reason, the fact that I was able to complete 12 miles today is so foreign to me. Even though I have completed one half marathon and have 2 more coming up (November 13 and February 24), I still have trouble calling myself a runner. Every single time I hear about others running more than about 8 miles, I am completely in awe - guess I forget that I can run 8 miles too!
The run today was pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. Debbie and I set out around 7:15 this morning. I was pretty dang cold, but we agreed it would be good for us to run earlier. The OBX Half starts at 7 a.m., so we need to be prepared for the cold. When laying out my clothes for the run, I decided to try a new garment in hopes that it will work well for the OBX Half. This summer, while shopping at EJW in Morehead City, I came across a couple Under Armour Heat Gear hoodies on a sale rack. Yes, I know they are technically meant to help people keep cool in the heat, it was perfect for today's run. Normally, I am one to shed my layers before the first 3 miles are complete. I was able to run the entire time in this very lightweight hoodie. YAY!
After the run, I ran to the grocery store for a few things. Thank goodness for the free slices of deli meat when you order and "Harry's cookies". I was so hungry! Once I got home and showered, I ended up eating a few snacks to hold me over until lunch - Nature Valley Oats 'N Dark Chocolate bar and 3 clementines. It was the perfect snack, but when all was said and done - I was ready for lunch!
The hubs and I decided to stick close to home today (i.e., stay in pajamas and watch football all day) since I will be working my organization's annual conference through Tuesday. We both wanted something more interesting than turkey sandwiches for lunch and ended up deciding to have CharGrill. I think my calorie burn was totally negated by my lunch choice, but who cares!
Now to relax for the remainder of the day!