Friday, September 10, 2010

The Run that didn't want to happen.

This morning we were destined not to run. But we fought the odds and conquered 9 miles on the road. I hadn't run more than 3 miles since my 7 miler two weeks ago...and even then it has only been one or two runs since (because of my injuries). John didn't have his proper running shoes and we ended up without any water stops. But despite the mounting wall ahead of us, we set off. I mapped out our route online, and then almost forgot my notes, turned around, went back home for them, then was late to meet John. And even after reviewing my notes, folding them up and placing them in the pocket of my new running skirt (more on that later) we still missed our turn at mile 4.5. After another mile on a straight and hilly road, I realized my mistake and we decided to make it an out and back with a very long cool down. 10.6 miles later, we returned to our cars tired and dehydrated (and I'm sure John was secretly cursing my navigation deficiencies!)

Thankfully for me, I had Pumpkin Vegan Overnight Oats urging me through the last mile of our run. Inspired by the wonderful Angela at Oh She Glows, I have been putting off the pumpkin fad for as long as possible. At the grocery store, I finally gave in to my cravings (induced by the pumpkin obsession in the blog world) and bought a can.

Pumpkin Vegan Overnight Oats

1/3 cup oats
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 tbsp raisins
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup Almond Milk
1 tsp Agave Nectar

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and place in fridge overnight.
Good night Oats!
In the morning top with more raisins, walnuts (or other nut of choice) and I decided to top mine with Banana Bliss granola.
Breakfast was served with Coconut Water, decided to try it out to see if it really re-hydrated like it claims (especially after this dehydrating run!)
And Kukicha Tea
Breakfast of Champions! And that is what I kept telling myself during mile 8 and 9..."you are a champion, you are a champion, you are a champion!"

Now on to more fun things today.  I have friends who drove all night from Missouri to spend the weekend with me and Mr. Kummerow.  I will share photos of them later, they just woke up and probably wouldn't appreciate my camera in their faces!  On the agenda today is some driving tours of Nascar's finest team locations and race car drivers, lunch ( a big one- I'm starved) and maybe out to the State Park to enjoy this fine weather we are having.  I'm especially excited for tonight's double date at Our Towne Theater, a movie theater that serves wine and dinner!

Have a great day!

How do you mentally handle the miles when you are ready to give up and quit, or feel that all the circumstances of the run are pushing against you?

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