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The Farthest Ever

Monday, February 04, 2013

Set out to do a training run this past Saturday, we were going to do 18 miles but decided to go with 16, we had a destination in mind, which always make it more fun. Friday night we took Sis car over to my BFF house and left it there so we would have to run over to house to pick it up, 16 miles exactly, and we took over a change of clothes. So no excuses not to run, after all, we had to pick up the car.

A chilly 22 degrees when we left, OMG, had to wear a scarf over my face to keep from breathing in that kinda cold. First four miles were absolutely horrible, we just couldn't get it together, one thing after another - staying warm, couldn't get the warmed up feeling, camel pack kept slipping and sliding, rock in shoe, had to make a potty stop (already??) sheesh. So we were both second guessing this long run, but more lolly-gagging we were going to get it together and get it done.

The next 6 miles was pretty good, had a good heart stopper happen. We were running next to an empty field and low and behold a groundhog looked like he was charging at us, the lil sucker came running over to the sidewalk and I liked to jumped on top of my poor sister and almost knocked her over and let out a large scream. I've never been "charged" by a groundhog, lol. It was actually running to the drainage pipe under the sidewalk, what a relief, I thought I was going to get attacked (not really). But true story.

Then we reached a landmark location, the Acredale Saddlery, it was about 4 miles from our destination so I decided to take a pic and text it to the BFF so she would know where we were. Never been so glad to see that place.

Had to slow it down a little, traffic was picking up and we had to stay on the sidewalk, ugghhh running on concrete will kill the calves and hamstrings, ouch. Had to make another potty stop, but what luck....A DUNKIN DONUTS, woo hoo. Stopped in and grabbed a dough nut, stuffed in sis's backpack, we were saving the donut for the finish line with a glass of milk. Something about a boston creme heart shaped donut to motivate you to hurry up and get done, lol.

Took us a little longer than expected, but lots of lessons learned along the journey.

1. When things start out bad, turn it around and make it happen - and we did.
2. Potty stops are perfectly acceptable and necessary
3. There is a difference between a running camel pack and a hiking camel pack
4. Concrete sidewalks are definitely for walking
5. Beware of Groundhogs
6. Need more fuel other than GU (need to explore this a little more)

Great confidence boost for us to run this far, this is the farthest run to date, now to amp it up by adding another 2 miles to this for the week after next. This weekend is the Valentine 14K, just a warm up, never thought 9 miles would be considered a warm up, lol.

After the run, the three of us enjoyed a lovely Mexican lunch and shopping trip to find the perfect MOB (mother of bride) dress - I said yes to the dress but you will have to wait for pics of that.

Happy Monday everyone.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KELTIC-CARA 2/25/2013 7:06PM

    You both had a very interest run, great blog, loved reading it.


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GR8CGRM 2/5/2013 5:58PM

    Yes. She almost knocked me down grabbing my arm when the attack groundhog charged us. LOL.. I said "he's looking for his shadow". It was for sure a rough start but ended great.. Good job sis. We rock!!

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SUEAZZI 2/5/2013 1:05PM

    Where there's a will, there's a way. Way to Go! emoticon

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BILL60 2/5/2013 8:43AM

    Way to go "Wonder Woman". You rock!! 22 degrees and you're running?? You and your buddies are real hard core.

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2HAMSDIET 2/4/2013 3:24PM

    Great run. Woo HOO. You do go the mile. I have had issues with animals like that too. Mine was a skunk and thank goodness we didn't get the perfume bath. Thank you for your list of lessons as I was thinking of getting a camel and now I have some more insight. Thanks. Keep on running you are our hero. Sarge emoticon

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HLICEMAMA 2/4/2013 1:27PM

    emoticon Awesome and inspiring as ever!

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NATPLUMMER 2/4/2013 12:11PM

    Valuable lessons learned.
Great run!!!

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LORI-K 2/4/2013 11:29AM

    You're AWESOME!! Love the running report....good points made. You're doing great....! So excited for you!

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MPETERSON2311 2/4/2013 11:04AM

    wow great job! That pic made me second look a bit...thought it said ACREDLE- thats my old last name!

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MYLADY4 2/4/2013 10:04AM

    At least your runs are interesting and loved that you stopped to get a donut for after the run.

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LAURELSPARK 2/4/2013 9:52AM

    I'm so impressed!!!!

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MZSLYDE01 2/4/2013 9:50AM

    Woo Hoo - You guys are the queens. Man oh Man. 16 miles. WOWEE.
That whole groundhog thing still has me rolling. I can picture you right now....Hee Hee Hee.
Glad you did it with the sis. And Mexican after a run that long would be perfect.
And the lessons learned it important for future long runs.

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ACCEPTINGME73 2/4/2013 9:47AM

    I love this!!! You did great. I would have been totally freaked out about the groundhog. Lol.

Can't wait to hear about the V-Day run.


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JANEMARIE77 2/4/2013 8:38AM

    awesome so love it nice to have a partner to run with such great lessons learned and a doughnut for the finish that is super.
I wish non runners would understand that the sidewalk is no place to run.
Here to two more next week emoticon

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BOILHAM 2/4/2013 8:10AM

    Sounds like you had fun. I smiled about the groundhog. I once got attacked by a mother duck who was most likely protecting her duckling. She just wanted me away from them. LOL.
Great run report! - Vic

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SAMI199 2/4/2013 8:10AM

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I am always amazed by the distance you run-god golly-that is a LONG run!
Your determination to reach your destination-however difficult it is has helped me push harder .( I swear I hear you saying "keep going!"
Thanks for the tips-lol.

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JLITT62 2/4/2013 8:09AM

    You are KILLING it!

It's funny how "short" runs seem when you start running longer. Not that I've ever run 16, of course. Or 15 or 14 . . . see how awesome you are?

But can't believe you won't show us the dress! Or tht you had the energy to shop for it!

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    Happy Monday to you!

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