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night with nathan

Tonight, I had my first night with nathan. Ang gave me nathan as a birthday gift…she’s so sweet. I’m excited to have my very own nathan…and a pink one at that!

For those of you who don’t know about nathan, nathan sports is a company that creates some pretty awesome products for athletic training. Check them out! If you’re like me and a company’s background and mission draw you in, their story and brand is pretty great.

Meet nathan (nate, if you’re close to him). As you can see we’re getting along great already…

Nate and I had a great run tonight. Breathing was great, legs felt pretty good and mostly recovered from the weekend’s long runs, and nate kept me cool.

After I had dinner (homemade spaghetti, meatballs, and garlic bread at mom & dad’s…mmm!) and took a relaxing nap outside, I grabbed nate to head out for a run by my parents’ house.┬áKid Rock, The Doobie Brothers, and Natasha Bedingfield came along with us as well…and everyone got along great tonight. I think I’ll be taking everyone out with me again in the near future.

Although it was a hot & humid evening, we managed. Nate was there for me…kept me hydrated and kept me cool. In fact, I’m pretty sure more water ended up on my head than in my mouth. But, hey whatever it takes–that’s why it’s necessary to carry water! Thanks to nate, I had a delightful run tonight…and I think I’m going to be hanging up the water belt now that I have nate. Sure, the water belt will likely be jealous…but I have to admit–nate has won me over!

As nate and I were getting back, my lovely mom was outside and she snapped a nice end-of-run photo. So, with that I leave with you an end-of-run photo for my end-of-blog-post photo. Happy Running!

First night run with nathan…sucess!

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double digits

Well, I have been away…as I am sure some of you have noticed. However, I promise my temporary hiatus has not been due to the fact that I have not been running. Nor is it due to the fact that I have not had computer/internet access. It is simply because I have been overwhelmed and beyond busy, and in the midst of it all I have been struggling to find a way to relax, de-stress, and keep myself sane. In doing this, I have allowed myself to push less pressing things to the back burner and allow time for things that allow me to “turn if off” for awhile. Unfortunately I have been busy to the point where I have not had much time to “turn it off,” but at least I have been able to set some enjoyable things (i.e., writing in this blog) aside and not let allow them to become additional stressors.

It is difficult enough for me to make time to run, and making time to blog about it is even more difficult (although I do love this blog). I have to be wise, and pick and choose what I truly need to make happen each day. For training, it is much more important to get runs in than it is to maintain this blog — sure, I want to chronicle my adventures but those 26.2 miles certainly will not run themselves nor will I dominate them by way of making blog posts more important that training runs.

Anyway, enough about that. I will continue to update this as often as I can as my mileage increases and I continue to struggle to fit runs in whenever and wherever.

Tuesdays and Thursdays have been late night runs over the past few weeks. Amy and I run like the wind, solve world issues, and define the meaning of life on Tuesday and Thursday nights. It’s true…we’re superhuman.

The weekends have been for long runs, and the runs keep getting longer…which brings me to…drum roll, please…the title of this post. DOUBLE DIGITS! This weekend, I hit my first double digit training run. 10 miles. Middle of the afternoon. 10 long miles.

This is the farthest I have gone during my training, and let me tell you…there were certainly a few times where I just wanted to stop, but I didn’t. This past weekend’s 10-mile run was the most motivating, inspiring, challenging, discouraging run I have had thus far during my training process.

That being said, it was more motivating than anything else — now that I know that I can go 10 miles and train hard enough to make it this far, I know I can push myself to go all the way. Like I always say, those 26.2 miles won’t run themselves!

So…the training continues…and the long runs will remain in the double digits, and continue inching up in distance. This week it’s about staying strong and motivated, with some midweek quick and fast training, and I am feeling confident that this week is gong to be a good training week. I’m ready and looking forward to the ┬ánature trail that awaits me for an early morning 12-miler this weekend.

What’s in store for your training this week? How are your runs going? Have you registered for your big race yet?

There’s still time…keep up the training and we’ll keep each other going.

First double-digit mileage run…success!

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