There’s lots to blog about trip-wise, but for now, let me offer you a glimpse into how we celebrate the Fourth of July, Run With Holly style!
1. Alarm at 5:30 AM. Consume red, white, and (unfortunately) no blue breakfast (quinoa, Greek yogurt, raspberries). In retrospect, I wish I’d taken 30 seconds to wash a few blueberries. That would’ve helped the holiday theme.
2. Take the pup out. My parents currently have temporary custody of an adorable little Yorkie, and I forgot that dogs need to go out the.minute.they.hear.you.up. So out we went.
3. Run Twenty Miles! [I swear I’ll tell you all what I’m training for in a post soon. I’m not trying to be secretive, really, I just haven’t written the post yet.] A few things really made today’s run a success: The weather was extremely humid, but cooler than Singapore, I was fortunate to be able to vary my route a lot, and two awesome family members stepped in to help me pass the time.
I did the first 6 miles solo, on my standard “Lake Loop”. The roads were all quiet, and I just soaked in everything. Well, everything except the ginormous, ostentatious new houses. I scowled at those. Progress. Pshaw.
After a brief stop home, where I picked up my hydration pack and my husband, we set out on a one-way run up to my old high school. I’ve actually never run this whole route before, and I entertained KMN for most of the 9 miles with stories of where my car broke down my senior year, and where my bus used to drive, and where the really curvy parts are, and “Hey that General Store didn’t used to be there!”. He was riveted, I swear. We also passed a (very) small local zoo, where one of the employees was rescuing a small turtle who was trying to cross the road. I hope they both had a happier July 4th as a result!
We arrived at the school, where my Mom and her friend were doing a walk/run workout on the track. I joined them for an interval or two, then set out to complete my last 4 miles as small loops and short out-and-backs. I explored Pigeon Hill Road (not much has changed), made some parking lot loops, decided a full-on tick check wasn’t worth it for two miles on the cross country trail, and instead looped around the athletic fields.
KMN joined me on the track for my last mile. And while my body appreciated the springy track surface, my mind seized as it realized it had to do FOUR laps. But I took them one at a time (and KMN talked me through the last two) – then BOOM, twenty miles in the books! Done, and done. The annoyance of those track laps melted away, and I was a happy girl!
4. Quick recovery: Hydration, electrolytes, and some stretching. And rolling. Always rolling! Over the next hour, I grazed on blueberries, eggs, and toast – all while working on….
5. Party Prep! A few dear, dear friends of mine are coming over for a casual BBQ this afternoon, so I got busy making chocolate chip cookies, quinoa salad, and cornbread. As tempting as it was to sit down and rest, I think that I maintain momentum best after a long run by…not stopping.
6. And now, I’ve paused to write this post. We’ll see how things stand when I, well, stand – but I’m optimistic. My legs are tired, but feeling good. Plus, I’ve dressed in a very patriotic black and white outfit, from head to toe. I must confess that I regret having left my red calf sleeves in Singapore, though. They would have been the perfect accent piece for today!
Do you have a favorite red, white, and blue food?
Is eating red, white, and blue food on the Fourth of July strange? I think it might be, but I’ve been brainwashed by seeing so many of those strawberry/blueberry flag cakes on Facebook that I’m not quite sure anymore.
Rochesterians: We’re heading your way tomorrow! What are the awesome happenings for this weekend??