The Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill race weekend is quickly approaching! My plan for the Five and Dime race (5K followed immediately by a 10K) is basically the same plan I’ve had for every other race I’ve completed. I just want to run, have fun and really enjoy the race day experience. I’ve never been a particularly fast or talented runner and sometimes I think this alleviates some race day pressure since I don’t have a competitive bone in my body when it comes to running.
The thing that always keeps me coming back to running is the sense of accomplishment I feel after a good run. For some reason, no other workout can replicate the way I feel after a run (especially a long run during half marathon training) and I felt fantastic after today’s sandy beach run with Sadie.
About an hour or so after breakfast, the two of us headed out to complete seven miles on Jax Beach. Running on the beach with Sadie is the best because she is so darn entertaining. She pounces on sea foam, stalks sandpipers and bounds around like the most joyful dog you’ve ever seen.
To reach my seven mile goal, we simply ran 3.5 miles one way and 3.5 miles back. At the turnaround point, we took a few minutes to stretch and I went through a few of my favorite hip stretches since I’ve been experiencing some very light pain in my right hip on and off for the past few weeks. The stretching felt fantastic and the quick break allowed me to catch my breath before it was time to return home.
Smooshy kisses for my favorite running buddy!
Ryan was returning from the gym right as Sadie and I finished our run, so we headed inside together for some quick showers and a delicious lunch.
On the menu for today was a big salad with chicken, dried cranberries, pecans, feta and raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
And because we’re staying at my parents’ house right now and that means I want to eat ALL THE THINGS, I had a small bowl of ice cream topped with pecans for dessert.
I started thinking about the chocolate marshmallow ice cream my dad told me he bought during my run and knew it had to happen after lunch today because it’s Tuesday and Tuesdays are special. Right!? Right.
I hope the rest of your Tuesday is fabulous and includes a little sweetness, too!