As previously noted, the Redhead came to town this weekend. I love when she visits, we always have a lot of fun.
She got into town on Friday evening and we discussed how lame we were before going to bed at 9 PM. Yup, a runner’s life is super exciting while in training mode. My roommate was on his way out for the evening as we were getting ready for bed.
We woke up at the usual butt crack of dawn or O’ dark thirty and headed to meet the BRA for our long run. I was slated to do 14 miles and the Redhead was aiming for 14 to 16 depending on how her knee felt. She got to meet a lot of the BRA members and I think she enjoyed running her first 3.5 miles with a group.
Unfortunately, our 10 mile loop has so many turns that Redhead decided to just do the shorter 4 mile loop repeatedly in case she had to stop. No sense getting stuck somewhere and having to walk back not really sure of where you are going. Fortunately she did 14.5 miles and didn’t have any issues. I am super excited for her because I know she was worried about her knee. I got my 14 in with no issues. I used a caffeinated Gu for the first time and had no tummy issues which is a real surprise considering how iffy my stomach can be.
During our post run breakfast the Redhead called a friend to wake her up. The Redhead likes to sing morning songs on voicemails. In the BRA’s usual quirky manner we all decided to help her out by singing a chorus of You Are My Sunshine into said friend’s voicemail. I am sure her friend enjoyed that one at 8 AM!
After breakfast the Redhead and I got ready for the BRA beach party. A couple within the group got transferred so it was a going away for them. On the way to the beach we stocked up on Redbull, subs, chips (for me), cookies (for Redhead), and Twix (for us both). Healthy huh? Okay, okay we also had some blueberries and raspberries.
Arriving at the beach, Coach Tom immediately descended upon the Redhead. I had warned her of Coach Tom’s love of a redhead. He jokingly told her he had heard all about her and stood in between us for a photo which had him grinning from ear to ear. What’s even funnier about this is that he has a girlfriend, one of my BRA FAVORITES, V, who just laughs at him. He’s harmless and really in love with her so it’s all in good fun.
We left the beach party and Redhead then headed back to O-town. I took a nap and went out with some friends. I could only stay out until midnight and then I was done. Lame, I know. But again, training = tired.
Sunday’s recovery 4 miler felt like it happened in the blink of an eye. I guess after running 14 miles, 4 miles is like a Sunday stroll! On another note, the bathrooms at the park on the Sunday runs are so hot. P-funk said they felt like the bowels of hell. She is right. I swear the devil was a bathroom attendant.
Wow – 43.5 miles!! Congrats!
I've never tried the Gu's with caffeine… I might have to look into those.
And I'm jealous of Redhead's abs!!
that's some serious weekly mileage. congrats!
Great weekend recap! So much fun… but now I'm sad… we have nothing lined up to run again together anytime soon! We'll have to remedy this STAT. 🙂 Thanks again for the hospitality and keep up the good running! You ROCK!
Great mileage last week! I find that 40 is pretty comfortable for me. These days I feel like I'm right on the edge of blowing up.
Also sounds like a great time with friends last weekend! What I would give for warm water in te ocean. I live about a mile from the Pacific, ut even here is Southern California the water is only in the low 60s at this point. Brrrrr!
43.5 miles!!! Way to go! I am super impressed.
And last I heard, Twix were healthy…. oh maybe that was in my dream… haha!
Congrats to both you and the Redhead for busting out those miles with no pain! woo hoo!
PS_ Bowels of hell….lmao!
Wow! That's a lotta mileage, looks like a great weekend with friends. 🙂
man, i CANNOT IMAGINE running 14 miles straight. the mere thought of it scares the bejeezus outta me!! i'm just finally up to running one complete mile straight… yay for me! all in due time, i guess…
It is so funny going to bed early and getting up early. I love being a morning person though!
what a fun weekend! 🙂 Think of me tonight at 530 12 miles 🙂
My official training plan for MCM started last week – I am already behind! I just feel too busy to be training – I have to sleep like 10 hrs when I train. I need to make some (social) adjustments and cut out some weeknight (happy hour) activities… 🙁
Dude, you are awesome. How do you find the energy?
40 miles is great…I haven't done that in a long time. And in Florida as well! I know Florida this time of year is 60 degrees, no humidity, gentle breeze at your back the whole time. 13 weeks to go…
Wow- that's ALOT of running!!! You and redhead look fantastic! What is it with guys and redheads anyway? They barely looked at us in jr. high and then it all changes! ; – )
nice job on the long run and weekly total! glad the gu worked out for you – was it roctane? those are my fav, i swear by them! (but i know some people have stomach issues, glad you didn't!)
your beach party diet sounds good to me, with or without the berries 🙂
holy crap! awesome weekly total!
okay, we've established that I cannot comment intelligently on your running, because (a.) I have no idea wtf a Gu is, and (2.) my jaw fell flat onto my keyboard when I saw the number 43 in relation to miles.
But, your comment about P-Funk, the devil and the bowels of hell restroom brought to mind a joke. Remind me to tell it to you some time, you Psycho Running Machine, you…
Bravo for you! Great weekly total. And great pics too. I'm a visiting SITSta.
Great long run. I tried the Gu Roctane for the first time during my last marathon (dumb, I know), but it worked really well and didn't give me any trouble.
Thanks for stopping by Team HQ. Good luck on your training. Those caffeinated gels make my heart beat wonky. Cheers!