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Sunday, March 13, 2011

I don't think I ever SAT down on SATurday

Yesterday was a go-go-go kind of day. First I got up, made breakfast, and went to meet my friend Laura at the Lululemon in Georgetown. On Saturdays the DC Capitol Striders puts on a free running seminar there. This weekend they were teaching 'self defense for runners'. It was a great group of people, and I think we all learned a lot. Most importantly to listen to your instict when it's telling you something doesn't feel quite right.

After that I headed out for my longest training run yet - 20 miles! :/ I was super nervous about it, but I remembered to keep a comfortable pace from the very beginning. I was doing well until mile 15. My left hip was hurting so bad. Ankles weren't too comfortable either. I tried to stop and stretch but it didn't seem to help at all. I had to walk...a lot. I also ran out of water and searched everywhere in Fort Dupont Park in Anacostia for a water fountain, but couldn't find one. Who builds a massive park with no water fountains?!? I actually stopped on mile 18 at McDonalds to buy a bottle of water. It was a really tough/frustrating run. I tried my hardest to stay positive, but couldn't help but thinking "if 20 is extremely difficult, how am I ever going to 26.2?" All in all though, I was happy with myself for completing the run. Also, I had to remind myself that my goal for Nashville is to cross the finish line, not a certain if my finish time turns out to be 6 hours, so be it!

I was planning on walking the 1.5 miles home as a cool down, but was in too much pain so I got a cab and came home to find myself lookin' a hot mess:
It's cool to have tons of salt on your face and snot on your shirt, right??
foam roller = god-send.

I did some stretching and foam rolling and then walked a few bocks to my fav healthy fast food place, SweetGreen where I ordered the most glorious salad:
mixed greens, red and green peppers, white beans, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, tomato, and chicken w/ balsamic dressing :)
Then I treated myself to the most healthy/delicious dessert ever. Organic tart frozen yogurt with blackberries, blueberries, and granola (there are lots of toppings to pick from)
Eventually I got home, showered and cleaned up a bit to go line-dancing for a friend's birthday. In hindsight it might not have been the best decision b/c I'm having trouble walking today (I'm SO sore), but it sure was fun!


The Hungry Runner Girl said...

YOU ARE INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS!! HOLY COW....SO PRETTY!!! You did amazing and I am so happy for you!! I PROMISE if you can do 20 you will be able to do a marathon...seriously and each time you do 20 it gets easier and easier!!! YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR!!! No water fountain?!?! That is crazy!! That dessert is calling my name!! Congrats gorgeous girl!!!

LD said...

What a wonderful day!!! I am so glad I was able to spend most of it with you. You are doing a fantastic job running- soooo proud of you!! xxoo

Kyle said...

Sam! I love your blog and am happy that you have aquired a love for running! We should go sometime, although, my max is about 4 miles...

Had an awesome time Sat night and was SO happy to karaoke and line-dance, and two step with ya!

Samantha said...

Oh, ladies are downright terrific. Comments like these are why I keep y'all!

Emily said...

We totally should be real life friends! I am positively addicted to Sweet Green, running and DC. Loving the blog so far!

Victoria Elizabeth said...

Oh man i want that frozen yogurt!!!