I hope you all had nice weekends! Matt and I had a low key Friday night with dinner and a movie, and on Saturday morning, we went out together for a run along the Potomac.
Matt is doing the Tough Mudder in mid September with a bunch of guy friends; it’s a ridiculous sounding 12 mile mud/obstacle course race that’s supposed to be the king of all mud/obstacle races. Basically a way longer and more intense version of ones we’ve done in the past! To get ready, Matt has been doing Crossfit and other strength training, and is also starting to increase his running mileage.
On Saturday, he wanted to run 7 miles — a new personal distance record for him! He asked if I would join him and of course I was on board. We fueled up with some toast with almond butter, a little honey, and sliced banana before heading out around 9 a.m.
We decided to do an out and back down on the Mount Vernon Trail along the Potomac River — one of my favorite running spots in the area. The pretty views distract from your tiredness!
It was hot out so we both wore CamelBaks to stay hydrated. We stopped briefly at the turn around point for some photos and stretching!
We also added in a loop around Roosevelt Island near the end of the run. I love running on there — so nice and shaded and pretty!
Blurry trail action shot:
The final bit of our run was some steep uphill — a rough way to end but good for training because then when you do a run with a flatter finish, it will feel much easier! We finished strong — 7 miles done and a new personal distance record for Matt.
I was proud of him!
It felt good to get out there for a longer run — I haven’t done anything more than 5 or 6 miles in months — I think since the Tarheel 10 Miler!
- Mile 1: 8:56
- Mile 2: 8:55
- Mile 3: 8:57
- Mile 4: 9:06
- Mile 5: 9:29
- Mile 6: 9:39
- Mile 7: 9:54
Our overall pace was 9:17. Good times! Miles 5 and 6 we slowed down a bit as we were on the rocky trail on Roosevelt Island, and mile 7 was straight uphill, so we were pleased with our splits!
Just for fun — what’s your personal distance record for running? (e.g., the farthest you’ve ever run?) Mine is 13.1 miles!
I’m trying to get my email under control and get some wedding planning things done this morning and then later this afternoon I’m heading off to the beach with my friend Hilary! I was planning to spend this week getting caught up on life (it’s my week off between internships)… but then she asked if I wanted to go with her to her parent’s beach house for a few days and obviously I couldn’t say no. So much for being productive. 😉 I’ll be back on Wednesday night, though, so I’ll have Thursday to get some things done before leaving for the Healthy Living Summit on Friday morning!
Stay tuned — tomorrow I’ll share some fun photos from my wedding hair and makeup trial on Saturday! What a blast.
Almond Breeze Almond Milk Giveaway
Thank you so much to all who entered my Almond Breeze coupon giveaway! I LOVED reading all your comments — they warmed my heart. If you need a pick me up, go read the comments on that post! I’ve chosen the 5 winners using a random selection program and have sent their email addresses to Almond Breeze, so the winners should be hearing from them soon.
Have a great day, everyone!