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Sunday, August 26, 2012

I did it!

Sort of. I'd planned on running 12 miles this morning, but only made it 11.25. I am completely happy with that, though! I ran it in almost the same amount of time it took me to run 10.13 last week. Woohoo!

On the way out the door

Today, I put all the parts of the trail I've run before together into one long run from Point A to Point B, and had Damon pick me up. It was the first time he's ever picked me up from a run before, and he was really impressed when we went back for his car just how far I'd gone. We took the freeway back to his car, and it was 3 exits up. That made me feel pretty badass!

My Route


When I mapped my run online to see where I would start and end, I discovered a fork in the main trail that went under the freeway and would dump me at a parking lot for a couple big office buildings just a few minutes from my house. Perfect! Damon wouldn't have to drive very far, and it would be easy to get to for both of us. As long as I could find the fork and there was some sort of access under the freeway to get to the other side, we'd be set. That was my biggest concern, but we did have a Plan B in case it didn't work out. It *looked* like it would go through on the map, but that part of the trail is on the Air Force Academy so I worried there would be some sort of fencing, or just no way across the freeway.

One of the things I love about Runkeeper is their Runkeeper Live feature. I leave my laptop open and on my activities on the runkeeper site before I leave the house, and Damon and the kids can watch me run on the map. It's great peace of mind for all of us, and the kids think it's a ton of fun to be able to "see" Mommy run. :) Had I not found the fork and turned around back to the trailhead closest to our house, they would've seen that and known we were activating Plan B. Instead, they saw me take the fork and cross the freeway, so Damon loaded up the kids and was looking for a good spot to wait for me when I called him and told him I was done. Seeing my van driving up when I was D.O.N.E. was the best thing ever!

So my fears about the fork in the trail were totally unnecessary since it was super easy to find. What I hadn't anticipated were the giant hills! And the super creepy, dark tunnel that ran under the freeway. I'm claustrophobic and a fraidy-cat so there was no way I was going in that scary tunnel if I couldn't see the other side. You bet your ass I made sure there were no ax murderers or bears inside before going in! Once I finally came out the other side and screamed "Hallelujah!", there was a massive hill waiting for me. One of those that are so tall you can't see the top or what's next. At this point, I'd already run 11 miles and I was hot and gross, and just plain done. So after attempting the hill for a hot minute, I declared my run over. Under the 12 miles I'd planned, but still a great run! My math-loving heart is pretty pissed I didn't finish up the 59 seconds so I'd have run an even 2:30, but oh well.



Now it's time to rest for a bit before I shower and go get a haircut. Tomorrow, I'm going red! Come back tomorrow to see the results. This is my inspiration color.






7 comments:

  1. Brandi!!!! You seriously ROCK! I am soooooo proud of you! Way to nail that run! I can't wait to hear all about your race!!!!!! :) and on a side note: thank you for sharing the info about run keeper! I didn't know it would track you live...I'm going to look into that as I get into my longer runs. Thanks for being so inspiring...you are helping me to think that I might be able to do 13.1 in January! :)

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    1. I love Runkeeper! You have to pay $20/year to become an "Elite" member in order to do the live stuff, but it really is great peace of mind. Abby, my oldest, didn't think it worked the first time because she expected to see ME on a camera running. :) I got home, and she said there was just a little icon on the map. She was disappointed that I don't have my own reality tv crew. ;)

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  2. I thought about you this weekend and wondered if you did it! YOU GO GIRL! I did my 6 last night, and I acted as if it was 11 haha. I can't wait to see your hair. I love hair and I love to change mine but my mom and husband are always tell me to stay blonde. b.o.r.i.n.g.!

    Wow, 2:29 that's amazing.

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    1. Brittany, you're so sweet to be thinking of me. :) 6 miles is nothing to sneeze at! Way to go!! This was the first time I dyed my hair in about 5 years, so I was really nervous! I'm awful about maintenance, so grew out any old color and have been wearing it natural since. It was definitely time for a change. :)

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  3. isn't it awesome to RUN places that normally you would only consider DRIVING!? :) way to go!!

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