Like most things in life, running is just better when we’re together. We planned on using the President’s Day holiday to run our longest run so far, 15 miles. Since neither of us have the discipline to stay hydrated, rest up, and prepare our legs the day before these longs runs, we usually have our most fun nights out the night before a run. This was no exception! On Sunday night we headed to Brookline to The Publick House and had some delicious beers and frites. It was just a different form of carbo loading, right?! The coolest part was that we were on Beacon Street in Brookline which is part of the marathon route! Turns out, this was PERFECT marathon training.
The next morning we left the house at 9:00am. It was 14 degrees. There really isn’t anyway to make 14 degrees seem “do-able”, and as Marissa set the pace in the front, I really did think a few times that if I were alone, I would totally have run right back inside. I am so lucky to have her to keep me going.
Miles 1-5: We ran a loop from Beverly, into Wenham, and back into Beverly. By mile 3 we were warming up, and I could finally feel my toes. The roads were clear for the most part, and we were happy just chugging along. At Mile 5, we stopped in a sandwich shop and bought a bottle of water to share and ate our Gu Chomps.
Miles 6-13: We completed the loop, and started back out on the same loop again. We were going to do 2 full loops, but there was one section of the road that was just too dicey to run on. We decided when we hit mile 11 that we would just turn around and run back towards home, which would complete the 15.
Mile 13: KJ and the girls were out taking a drive and finally found us near the entrance to the Beverly Airport! They were like beacons in the night, and we totally needed the boost. Ellie asked me why I was sweaty. Thanks, Ellie!
Miles 14-15: We did it!! We finished back through the neighborhood and completely finished 15 miles. We were on our feet for 2 hours and 40 minutes. We were chilly and sweaty at the same time, and we couldn’t wait to get our feet out in front of the fireplace.
We celebrated with Nick’s Roast Beef, and Disney On Ice! Only 9 more weeks until Marathon Monday!
Oh, and what long run is complete without a some bubbles at the end of the day?
* We are training for the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of the Mass General Hospital Marathon team. We are raising money for the pediatric cancer center. Please consider making a donation to this wonderful cause. THANK YOU! *