Today running and fish tacos went together for me. I set out for my 12 mile run today in perfect weather, with two Imodiums in my gut, and my watered-down orange juice bottle firmly affixed to my belt. I stupidly did some squats and other random leg exercises yesterday, and that left me with painfully sore legs to run on.
I ran pretty well and felt good through most of the run. I got to 11:30 miles before I just couldn't run anymore. I had slowed down considerably in the last few miles, and even took some walk breaks. My feet were freakin' killing me! New pads in my shoes, too. I have to find other pads for my shoes that have a bit more cushion for the balls of my feet. And of course, my right foot hurt more than the left. I don't get it. But I made myself feel better about my run by realizing that on my 1/2 marathon, if I do have to stop and walk, or take extra water breaks (right now I plan on 1 every 4 miles), that I can still hopefully be very very close to making my time of 2:20. By the grace of God, I will have wings on my feet and be so preoccupied looking at the scenery that I will run faster.
No poop issues! Woohoo!
So to treat myself for getting out there, swallowing my fear of failure, and making almost 12 miles, I took myself out to lunch at the Londoner, a British pub that serves some good food. I have been thinking about their fish tacos for weeks! I am not a fish eater, mind you--hardly any fish at all. I like my cows. But, they have great fish tacos--deep fried battered cod on a soft shell with corn, tomatoes, and a slaw that has the most incredible sauce--sweet and spicy. Two of these tacos are usually too much for me to eat. I also treated myself to a cold pint of Strongbow cider. Yum. But I couldn't finish the tacos or the cider. Shame on me for not finishing that cider--a crime. And I spent the whole time reading from my Nook, so I had a very lovely lunch all by myself, in a noisy pub where I didn't pay attention to anyone or anything while I mowed down my lunch and read a book. Bliss.
I'm extremely sore in my legs--those muscles have some rebuilding to do! But the rest of me feels fine. I feel that I will be ready to go in a month, and have one more long run--I'm attempting 15 miles in a few weeks. Til then, I will continue to run hills and do some speed work. I know those have been a huge help in maintaining a faster run and cruising up hills without a thought. Now to just get some comfy pads for my shoes! And I also found another place on my body that needs my anti-chafing stick. Delicate lady parts got rubbed raw and made it very painful to sit in the tub! Lesson learned.