To start, I’m going to start by pleading for donations to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As of this morning, I’m at $120 of my $500 goal. Any amount will help support LLS and the people they serve, and if you donate $10, you’ll get 5 entries to my Dick’s Sporting Goods giveaway!
Maybe they thought I needed to use this?
Seriously, people use this? I do like the Gatsby-esque exterior though.
Before I left Birmingham yesterday, you may remember, I stopped at Fleet Feet and I mentioned I’d be running along the way and he gave me a tip on a great trail only a few miles off my route when I crossed from TN into VA. So I checked it out online last night, and was pumped to give the Virginia Creeper Trail a go yesterday. It was gorgeous. Hot as hell because it was noon and a major storm came through about 15 minutes after I finished running, but it was gorgeous.
I started off really strong, and was really excited by how easy the run felt, even though it was hot, but when I stopped at the halfway mark to take pictures, the heat overtook me, and the second half was tough. But I made it! And under my goal half-marathon pace, although according to Runkeeper, I ran more than 20 miles with a pace of just over 2 min per mile. I knew my times had improved, but man. I’m totally kicking some Kenyan butt 😉
Back on the road, I made some new friends.
Hit some terrible rain.
But then was surrounded by sun the rest of the way.
I started to get really tired a few hours after my run, so I stopped and took a quick car nap, powered up with some Diet Dr. Pepper, and headed back out. A few hours later, an oasis appeared.
I fell for it, and ended up with this
And settled in for the last 3 hours. I sang and car danced almost that entire 3 hours, until I had no voice left. Wow, you might say, but it was courtesy of this guy:
It was a long but overall great day. I stayed up way too late, but with only a few more hours to drive today, and only a 1 mile run in Maryland, I’m letting myself actually relax. Sunday is my final run on this trip, and my longest run, 11 miles, before my next half in a few weeks.
What’s your road trip food or drink weakness?
What is your favorite band/artist or album to sing along to?
What’s on your agenda this weekend?