This past weekend we stayed out at the beach with family. I am now officially training so I knew I needed to get in my long run. I didn't want to miss out on the beach fun so I opted to run my long run there! I had 8 miles on the schedule but wasn't going to fret if I only ran 5. That was my main goal...to get in at least 5. My plan was to run to Fort Morgan and then turn around. If I felt like going 8 miles then I would run a few miles past my condo and then turn around and run back.
The plan was to be out of the condo by 6:15 and start running by 6:20. Well it takes a little longer to get ready for a long run when you're not at your own house. Even though I laid everything out the night before it still took me a few minutes longer....I guess because I was out of my familiar surroundings and routine. I started running around 6:25-6:30.
I headed out onto the beach road. I have run this route before but I forgot about the incline and steady, gradual uphill!
The scenery was gorgeous and I had only ran about a mile when I knew I had to stop and take a quick picture! (Yes I'm a true blogger lol!)
Then I headed towards Fort Morgan. Of course I had to stop and take a few pictures along the way!
It was awesome running through the Fort! We've visited this Fort many times but I've never run through it. What a memory!
I turned around and headed back. It was hot. I was tired. But I couldn't make myself stop when I knew my schedule said 8 miles. So I decided to tough it out. About halfway through the run I consumed my trusty Huma Gel.
I will say that the run got pretty boring from here on out. All I could see was miles and miles of road with beach houses on each side. And did I mention it was hot? There was no shade. But I'm stubborn. And I wouldn't let myself quit without conquering my 8 miles.
Finally I reached the magic number! I did it! I ran 8 miles at the beach all alone!
I immediately headed to the pool to dip my legs. It's kind of like an ice bath, right?
The rest of the day was spent at the beach and in the pool with my wonderful family! It was heavenly!
QOTD: Do you like to run long runs in unfamiliar territory?