Monday, April 4, 2011

Eat, Drink and Run

That title pretty much sums up what I did since Thursday when I dropped off my son at his grandma's house...

On Friday the weather was beautiful with a high in the low 70's. So after working on the garage and doing some yard work we went for a drive over in the north end of Boise and decided to have lunch at a place called 13th Street Pub & Grill. We sat outside while we enjoyed our food and drinks. I had a club sandwich and a glass of white sparking wine called the Sofia Coppola.

My love enjoying the sun and a beer. You can check out his take on the Pub at
While we were sitting there I noticed a woman wearing a Dirty Dash race shirt. I asked her if she ran it last year, she said yes and she loved it and had a ton of fun. It's on August 27th here in Boise and I had been thinking about running it but after she said there is a huge slip-n-slide down a hill I of course have to do it now! Who doesn't want to go down a slip-n-slide, run thru some obstacles and get all muddy!
I also asked her if she has ran the Idaho Potato Marathon. She has ran it 5 times but can't run it this year cause they are taking a trip to do some trail running. She recommends it but the only bad thing is it gets pretty warm. She said her friend tucked some sponges in her shirt to put water on at every water stop and would squish over her head when she needed to be cooled down. But besides that the course is nice. She gave me some idea's on new running routes so I may use one for my long run this weekend. She said her and her girlfriends take a running trip every year and this year they are going to try to go to NYC. How fun!
After lunch we walked across the street to a little antique shop. I always go straight to the jewelry for some reason. I love to to look at the vintage jewelry. I did see a cute little piece that was pearls with two yellow butterflies at each end. I thought it was a bracelet at first but it was actually something you clip on to the front of your cardigan. I probably would have bought it and made it into a bracelet but their jewelery was too over priced so I didn't.

On Saturday we decided to have lunch at a place called The Crescent No Lawyers Bar & Grill (you can read their website HERE if you want to know the back story of No Lawyers). Our friend Adam met us there and he introduced me to a drink called Flirtini, champagne and pineapple juice, which was pretty yummy.

Me, Gene & Adam
On Sunday was my 13 mile long run. I was pretty unmotivated to get out the door. It's easier for me to wake up early and go run so I can come home and relax with my boys but since my son wasn't home I had no time restrictions. So I sat around being lazy the majority of the morning/afternoon. About 3pm I decided I better get out there cause I still had to go pick up my son. I knew I wasn't feeling it since the minute I got out there but I thought I would feel better once I warmed up. The sun was out so I got warm pretty quick and took off my arm warmers. I have a tan line on my calves from usually wearing my capris during runs, I wanted to tan the rest of my legs so I wore a skirt and compression socks. I took the run easy with no time or pace in mind just wanted to go by how my body felt. I have been having some pain on the inner part of my tibia. I don't think it is running related though cause I felt no pain after my 18 mile run last week. I think I started to feel a little tenderness on Wed when I ran on the TM so that's when I noticed it. It's tender to the touch but not swollen. I'm not sure what happened, it almost feels like I got hit really hard there and I have a bruise on it (but there is no visible bruise). After about half a mile in I couldn't feel it (today it feels fine so I must have hit it on something and just can't remember). Anyway I just wasn't into the rest of the run. I could tell I hadn't fueled properly cause I was out of energy pretty early on and had to take some energy chews. (I'm sure the flirtini's I had the day before had nothing to do with not fueling right :) I was able to keep a good pace over a 9 min mile the entire run but I progressively got slower the last few miles. I finished with 13.1 miles in 2:03 (9:24 pace). I was glad to be done with the run!
I headed home to eat and then went to pick up my son. Even though it's nice to spend some alone time with my love and be able to go on a few lunch dates together, we both miss little man. The house is too quite without him. This morning he asked me why I was so tanned haha. I thought it was cute he noticed.

Even though I didn't have a good run yesterday I'm not going to let that affect me this week. Not every run has to be butterflies and rainbows. If it was everyone would be running right? This week I'm going to prep myself mentally and physically for my long run. The big 26.2 is only 6 weeks away!

How do you prep yourself for your double digit runs?

How do you bounce back from a run that wasn't so good?


  1. MMMMmmmm club sandwich, something I actually miss since going vegetarian! I love vintage jewellery too –specifically rosaries. I only have a handful and like you I won’t pay too much for them, no matter how much I want it!

    I find morning runs easier, the earlier I get out the door and actually run, the more motivated I am.

    How do I prep for double digit runs? Make a good play list and read running blogs. Lol.

    How do I bounce back from a run that wasn’t so good? Figure out if there was anything I could change to do better next time, then let it go.

    ~ H

  2. Love the window picture!! Gorgeous!

  3. Bounce back - I remind myself that bad runs are not a reflection of my fitness, but a test of my attitude. We need bad runs to appreciate the good runs.

    Long runs - Most are more of a mental challenge then physical. I tell myself I can not race if I don't complete all the miles. When it's done, I throw in a few more just to remind myself I had more.


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