January 27, 2002

snoooooooze…i just want to take a nap now…probably will after i write this….

Just got back from me and Chris’s 10 mile run! Wooooo! Yeeeeahhhhh! We did it! (Well, of course Chris did. He’s already run a marathon!) It was not bad at all! I was secretly kind of dreading it, but I can’t believe (yes I can) what a difference it makes to run those long ones with other people. We just chatted and gossiped and planned for London and had a great time.

We started out doing a 6.5 mile loop of the LSU lakes (click for map). This is the larger loop. Within that, is a 4 mile loop that we did the second time around, for a total of 10.5 miles. We walked the first half mile to warm up, though. It was dark when we got started, at around 6:15 a.m. Not too cold, not too warm. I started out wearing shorts, a sleeveless shirt, and a long sleeved t-shirt over that. It felt really good to take off the long sleeved shirt after the 6.5 mile loop. I also brought my Camelbak for the first time. I didn’t know what I was doing, so I filled it up all the way. Ack! Heavy! And I didn’t drink all of the water in it, so I know next time I don’t have to fill it up quite so much. Especially since we stopped at the car after 6.5 miles and drank some Gatorade and water. I also brought along some wine gums which were delicious after 8 miles or so. Chris loves them, and I have never appreciated them as much as I did this morning. So fruity and delicious! Oh yeah, and we split a GU when we stopped, which was disgusting. It wasn’t the flavor…I had no problem with that. But I’ve always been more of a texture person rather than flavor, and the texture of slime, is well, extremely unpalatable. I gagged but finally got it down. I have no doubt that it helped, but I don’t know…I’m going to have to work on that.

With about two miles to go, Chris volunteered to take the Camelbak for the rest of the way. My hero! Love Chris! He is the best! What a friend! I felt so much better when I took it off, like I was flying. I felt so light! I think I’m going to take it to London, but without the water reservoir. Just as a waistpack. It’s pretty comfy and handy.

The last mile was pretty tough, even without the Camelbak. I was aching in several places…my knees, my hips, my lower back, my feet. But not in an injured way, more like in a “you’ve been running for almost 10 miles” kind of way. Just achy. We stretched for a while afterwards, and went home. Now I’m ready for a nap!