4 AM! Yep, that’s what time I was up this morning! And on a SATURDAY!

When you are up before the sun, energize is a MUST!

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I definitely look more awake than I really was! πŸ™‚ I needed to be up early enough to eat breakfast and give it time to settle before heading out for today’s long run.

Breakfast was…


Also it takes me awhile to get around, especially for long runs…


Those band-aids and body glide are life savers! They don’t eliminate all of my chaffing, but it definitely helps to lessen it.

Then I needed to get my water and fuel ready as well.


I forgot how different it is running with a Camelbak on. Definitely took me a few miles to get used to it and kind of forget about it being there. I had the Gu gel before I left. Then I ended up eating the power bites and drinking my hydrate and water throughout the run. Imagine that…having water and fuel with you on a long run actually helps! πŸ˜‰

I was impressed with myself this morning because I was out the door by 6 am for my warm-up walk. It didn’t feel TOO bad out there, at least while I was walking and before the sun got above the trees!

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One plus to being up so early…

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…a beautiful sunrise!

A BEFORE my run photo!


And 17 miles LATER


…bugs and all! πŸ˜‰

End of run weather…

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…felt SO much warmer than that, especially in the SUN!

Today’s run was a tough one. I am not sure why, but I really just think it is the heat and humidity that is making it harder than it should be!

And the hills…

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…I only did the bigger hill twice today too! The rest aren’t big hills, but I run them A LOT over the course of 17 miles!

I did start out slower today, which I thought would help and it did, but not as much as it should have.

GOAL for today’s run was 17 miles @ 8:57.Β 

Even though it was tough today, I am happy that I was able to finish pretty strong and under goal pace with 17 miles @ 8:54!

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I had to keep reminding myself that I have done this before and that I could do it! It might not have been pretty, but I GOT IT DONE!

Cooled down with an EXTRA long cool down walk. The first mile was solo. Then I went back home and the hubby and I took the pups for their 0.80 mile walk. They sure do love their morning walk!


Then it was FINALLY time to drink my recover, but I changed it up a little bit today.


Orange recover with a banana, Vegan Vanilla Shakeology, mixed with water and ice! Definitely hit the spot after a hot run!Β Drank it while I did some much needed stretching, or at least tried! πŸ™‚

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Well…I thought I put that towel there for me…but I guess not! This girl cracks me up!

I sat down to stretch and THIS happened…


And, yep, that’s blood on my sock AGAIN!

I did have a couple of issues between miles 9 and 10 with my feet and/or shoes and wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish the 17 miles.

The first one was THIS one again, even with a band-aid!


It didn’t look too bad until I took off the band-aid…


Yep…it hurts! Not sure why it is happening, but I am going to try loosening the top of my shoe a little bit more next time because it is only doing it on my long runs when my feet really swell up! And only on my left foot!

The other foot issue was with my right foot…


…it’s a little bruised there right where the ankle joint is. Again, I think it was because my shoes were too tight once my feet started to swell. I stopped and loosened them up, which helped. I will start with them looser next time and hope that helps.

So all things considered, I have to be happy that I was still able to come in at under goal pace for today’s 17 miles.

After a shower, which stung (thank you chaffing!) and some food, it was nap time…


…yes, I was laying on the floor because Dakota WAS hogging the whole couch. As soon as I got down on the floor, she came and joined me. I think it is safe to say that she is MY DOG! πŸ™‚ She is attached to my hip 90% of the time!

Day 9 & Week 14/16 Β β€” COMPLETE!Β 

Next run is Tuesday and it’s another BIG ONE!

Thank you for reading and following my journey to the Chicago and Kansas City Marathons!