Today is Saturday...long run day. I guess I can quit saying that I ran "the farthest ever" since they all will be from here on out. I ran 9 miles today! Yes, 9! I was tempted to run one more just to hit the dreaded double digits. But I didn't. I only ran 8 last week, so running 9 was pushing the 10% rule already.
I ran the 9 miles in 1:40:57. I'm ok with that. Of course, I'll always wish it was faster. But I ran the first 8 miles in about a minute less than it took me last week. I was really glad to be running outside again. I ran while my hubby was at his umpire meeting and the kids were still with the family members they stayed the night with. I wanted to wait til the afternoon just to be able to enjoy the warmer weather, but I didn't want to take time away from them once they were home. It turned out fine though. Yes, it was quite chilly when I started, and I really wish I had worn my gloves and something over my ears for the first couple of miles. However, the long-sleeved Nike DriFit shirt with the thumbholes (in hot pink!) and my cheap Old Navy fleece vest were perfect and only got too warm for maybe the last mile or so...and even then, not warm enough to shed the vest.
I carried my water bottle with the pocket...love that thing! My new dilemma, though, is that I need more water. I think it's a 20-ounce bottle, but I am at the bottom by the end of 9 miles. What will I do when I run 10 or more? I'm not worried about the race because there will be water stops and such, but I have training runs before that.
I had read enough about ice baths that I felt like I was prepared. I wasn't. I did get the bathroom all warm and toasty. I did wear a fleece jacket. And I did have a hot drink ready...a hot vanilla, which I highly recommend...it's basically hot milk with sugar and vanilla...the perfect recovery drink and warm enough to keep you warm...sort of.