Yesterday’s 22 miler went very well for the four of us who braved some wind along Bayshore Blvd as a pre-marathon dress rehearsal. P-Funk and I had our usual ridiculous conversations, that we find hilarious, but no one else seems to get. Although Redhead and Hollster definitely get in on the action most of the time. See below as evidence of our collective goofiness/awesome post run.
It was chilly yesterday and most Floridians running/walking with us had on their very finest winter work out gear. Not. It was like a game of “Who’s Homeless? And who just doesn’t own more than that one coat/long sleeved running shirt?” We also saw a very angry looking older, Asian man walking who kind of grumbled at us when we said hello the first time we saw him. The second time we saw him, his endorphins must have kicked in because he said, “Good morning.” To which we squealed with delight. Ah that things the P-Funk and I find joy in. Like the lady who walked like that old RuPaul song, “Sashay, Shante. Shante. Shante. Shante. You better work!”The route I planned was a little (fine, a lot) dumb as I must have forgotten that none of us are in the military and therefore we could not run on the base. The base that I included stupidly in our route. Oops. We had to tack on the extra mile at the end. Boy does that suck. We could barely add at this point. Actually this is when P-Funk looked at me (I think it was mile 21 or so) and said, “If I hear the words TACK and ON, I’m going to be very upset.” So I said, “We need to ADD MORE.” And we did. After our run was finally over we went to a most delicious breakfast at this cute little breakfast spot. I had a chocolate milk and the right side of the menu. Hollster had the left side. MMMM grits!
As we draw closer to the actual race I have to give a special thank you to my running buds. Red, you all know, I LOVE. Can’t. Live. Without. What you also need to know is that Hollster and P-Funk have provided so much amazing girl talk and friendship that I now cannot live without them either. All three of them must now know that they are stuck with me. I’m like a rash that just won’t go away!
But seriously, the bonds that come from running with others can become very strong and will outlast your running days. I’m sure of it. But don’t get me wrong, I don’t see my running days ending any time soon. I may take a little break after Gasparilla, but the running will always be a part of my life. I look good doing it. Eh.
With that, I say good day. Two weeks until the big day. Let the taper madness begin.
Bring on the TAPER!
This post makes me smile (and not just because of the funny misspelling of P-Funk in paragraph 5). I think one of the things I like about running is the friendships that have been made stronger and the new ones I've made. Great job and good luck on taper!
Your collective awesomeness is much too much for me to handle. Jamoosh bows in your general direction.
Mmm, chocolate milk is the BEST post run drink and that frosty mug of milk looks delish!!
Congrats on your last big long run! Running partners ARE the best.
I heart our little foursome so much! Training this cycle has been the best and it's because of the three of you! Can NOT wait for all of us to cross that finish line on race day! Love you Boo!
What a great run report…I totally want to organize a run to a cool breakfast place with some friends 🙂
way to rock out your last 22 miler! i hate having to add on any extra steps at the end… it's the hardest thing in the world somehow. your chocolate milk looks amazing.
That's an awesome post. I feel the same way about those that I run long runs with on a regular basis. Sounds like you've been through your entire training together. Good luck!!
great job on the run! i love hearing it from both your and red's perspective! You are very lucky to have great girls to run with! have fun tapering.
love the glass haha. get it girl!!
That chocolate milk looks yummy!!! I might have to go make me some low cal hot chocolate now….
What's with all those long sleeves and coats? Let taper madness begin. How exciting!
That chocolate milk looks heavenly! Way to rock that 22 miler.
I agree that the friendships made while running are the best. I know you'll kick that marathon's booty1
LOVE this post! You guys are amazing! And adding in miles 15-22 never works for me either 🙂
And running friendships are the best – no one gets you like a fellow runner! Now on to tapper, you're gonna kick that race's A$$!
Haha…. so you couldn't be "ninja" like and run through the military base? Good luck and happy tapering!
Awesome – 2 more weeks! Taper will be glorious!!!
What a fun running group picture! Enjoy the taper. 🙂
I've recently discovered how great running groups are, runners in general are a fun bunch.
enjoy your taper!!!
It's posts like this that make me rethink my love of running alone. Enjoy the taper and the anticipation that comes with the next two weeks!
I'm with the previous reader. This posts makes me questions my anonymity and love of flying solo =( You guys look like a fun bunch of running gals!
Congrats on the taper and good luck on the weeks to come.
This was truly one of the nicest and motivating things I've read! Thanks, buddy!!
It was also probably the best training run I've been on – great friends, great memories!