Temperature: 26° or so?
Distance run/type: 26k / LSD
Clothes: Adidas shorts, Lululemon running tank, Asics 2150s.
Feeling: Good – but really exhausted. I felt slightly delirious during the last 3k. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t alone.
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This past weekend involved two very important firsts:
- I ran 26k for the first time with some amazing friends up North.
- If I could own a cottage (read: mansion) like the one I stayed at, I would definitely consider myself a “cottage person”.
It would be an understatement to say that I had an amazing weekend. One of my friends was kind enough to extend an invitation to her cottage for the weekend. Not only was it the most gorgeous cottage that I’ve ever stepped foot in, but it was fully loaded with a kitchen that was stocked with everything I could have wished for. Needless to say, I begged my friends to let me play in the kitchen more than once throughout the weekend.
My amazing weekend actually began on Friday night, when I went to see Miss Saigon with a friend. I have always loved musicals, and Miss Saigon was one of my favourites growing up, but my mom wouldn’t let me see it when it first came to Toronto years ago. When I saw earlier this year that the show was coming back to Toronto, I jumped at the c hance to get tickets. It was everything I was hoping it would be – the singers were outstanding and I was so into it that I started tearing up about a quarter of the way in!
The next morning, I met my friends bright and early to drive up to Lisa’s cottage. Being the good, dedicated runners that we are, we forced ourselves to change into our running gear as soon as we made it to the cottage and headed out for our long 26k LSD run. Although it was an enjoyable run and we were so proud of ourselves after we finished, the run itself (especially during the last leg of the run) wasn’t pretty. I’ve started encountering issues that I never had to deal with during my half-marathon training. I know it’s good to be discovering these things now on the practice runs instead of on race day, but I’m definitely getting nervous about everything. Each week we’ve been ramping up the distances and I find myself wondering how I am going to eventually run 42.2 k in a matter of months. Last year with the half, I felt nervous about getting to the half-marathon distance, but I never doubted that I would get there. I am going to admit that there is a lot of doubt right now, but I’m just going to roll with it, follow the program and hope for the best – that’s all I can do at this point, right?
When we got back, Christine got to work making multiple Toads in a Hole for us (she made two for each of us!). It was the perfect post-run snack.
After that, we headed into town to pick up groceries and wine.
When we got back, we all took a break for the evening – the other girls took naps to decompress, I got to work prepping a fresh fruit (peach, nectarine, blackberry, and plum) crumble and made a simple sangria. If it’s not already obvious, I find cooking very therapeutic and calming.
Then I put together a quick bruschetta appetizer on naan for us to munch on while we prepared dinner.
Then Dawn and Lisa got to work firing up the barbeque. While Dawn grilled up our burger patties, the rest of us prepared the rest of the meal, and set the table.
One beef patty with sauteed mushrooms, feta cheese, tomatoes, onions, mustard, and kale.
As you can see, my salad took over my plate when I finished the burger.
My fruit cobbler turned out fantastic and made the perfect dessert / afternoon snack the next day.
After dinner, like the dedicated runners that we are, we got cosy in the living room and watched Spirit of the Marathon. Oh yes we did. It was a fantastic documentary – and the best part? It follows several runners who are all preparing to run Chicago. It couldn’t have come at a perfect time for us, considering we’re about halfway through marathon training and were all feeling a little overwhelmed and tired. It’s a well-known fact that inspiration can be enhanced by eating lots of snacks. Clearly, this was not a weekend of healthy eats. You only live once, right?
At least we managed to get some of our greens, in the form of kale chips! They were crispy, savoury, and a huge hit!
The next morning, Dawn and I made omelettes for brunch for everyone. I stuffed mine with spinach, tomatoes, basil, feta, salt and pepper. It was heavenly.
Then we spent the rest of the afternoon chatting, reading, and relaxing in the sun room. Oh, and we snacked. A lot.
Those would be empty bags on the floor.
Eventually, we packed up and headed back to the city. It was such a lovely weekend – I was so sad for it to be over! Here’s hoping there will be a next time soon! In the meantime, we’ve got lots of fun things planned over the next few months, including concert tickets to see Stars in October, a visit to Angela’s Glo Bakery stand at the Oakville Farmer’s Market (the girls *loved* the glo bars that I brought up to share with them!).
It’s going to be an amazing summer!