Weekend Running Wrap

This weekend I didn’t have time to do a long run. On Saturday I got to briefly catch-up with a friend who was coming through town, this was at 8:00 AM. Then I had to drive 25 miles across town to be at my 9:00 AM First Aid/CPR class that lasted until 4:00 PM.

So I kind of fudged the long run and stretched it over Saturday and Sunday. That’s kind of the same, right? πŸ˜‰ Actually it is kind of sad that I didn’t have the time to devote to a long run this weekend since we’re having a little bit of a cool snap. Being able to do an early morning run in the 70’s in August is a little like Christmas come early!

Saturday morning, just before the sun appeared over the mountains.
Saturday morning, just before the sun appeared over the mountains.
Saturday morning I hit the road around 5:15 AM for roughly 5.5 miles around my neighborhood. It was about 72 degrees and I decided to head north from my neighborhood. The sun hadn’t quite come up, but as I was running I could tell it was about to peek out over the tops of the mountains. The sky was beautiful! I tried to snap a photo of the sky with my iPhone, but it really doesn’t do it any kind of justice.

The only problem was the blister on my right big toe, that has continually flared up since the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon. It was pretty nasty looking at the end of the run.

Sunday Morning Run
Sunday Morning Run
This morning I slept in a tiny bit longer, since I have a tendency to stay up a little later on Saturday nights. So I didn’t get on the road until around 6:00 AM. Due to this the sun was already lighting the sky, but at least it was still hovering in the low 70’s. Just so I didn’t have to repeat yesterday’s run, I headed east for variety.

I had to make a pit stop at a gas station while running, which sucks. I always feel like such a dork walking into the gas station all sweaty and heading straight back to the bathroom. And the patrons are always so interesting. I mean, why would someone go to a gas station to play a slot machine? And why would they go there at 6:30 AM? Seriously?!

Anyway, I ran 7.77 miles. I was hoping to get in 7-8 miles, so that seems to have filled that goal. I hadn’t planned out an exact route, just turned and ran on some familiar streets.

I did cover the toe blister with some crazy Band-Aid for blisters… it looks close to flesh color and it doesn’t have a typical cotton pad like most band-aids. It seemed to protect the spot pretty well. It’s still there, but it wasn’t on fire at the end of the run.

However, my feet felt cramped and uncomfortable. I have been trying to run in the New Balance 769’s I got from winning the New Balance Running on Hope contest. They feel fine for runs of 4 miles or less, but once I go further than that they start to feel very constricting. They’re way cute, but I’m thinking they won’t work for me on longer distances. Bummer. My Brooks Adrenalines are pretty worn out now too, they are starting to hurt my feet. New shoes may be in order.

So how was your weekend running?


  1. Brooks Adrenalines are my fav! I am need of a new pair actually and I can’t wait πŸ™‚

    I had a crappy run this weekend; glad I get to start fresh with a new week tomorrow! Could you please send some of that coolness to NJ…the humidity is a killer!

    • I’m feeling my need to branch out from the Adrenalines… yet again. I have been feeling a little pain on the outside of my midfoot lately. Think I’ll branch out and try on some other kinds!

      But every time I do that, I always come back to the Adrenaline…

      • I do the same thing. Every time I go in for something different I end up with another pair of adrenalines. I do have a pair of Saucony that I like a lot, but I still defer to my Brooks.

  2. I always feel like a dork too, sometimes heading in to Dunkin Donuts and then heading straight to the bathroom! around here ,we dont’ have slot machines, of course, but we have people that seem to hang out at a convenience store to play Keno and spend way too much money on scratch tickets. I’ve seen people spend upwards of $50 on them without blinking an eye. I can’t afford to do that, and the thing is, these people look even less able to do that than me!

    I’m back from vacation, on which I had some really nice scenic runs, when I write about them this week, I’ll post pics too!

    Thanks for the sunrise photo – gorgeous as always! I miss seeing sunsets in the southwest too. So beautiful.

    • I can’t wait to see your vacation photos. You have a lot of scenery out in the east that I’m very envious of as well! But I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for the desert southwest. I get angry when people tell me it’s all so ugly!

      I hear you on wondering how people afford those kinds of things. Maybe some of them just live in the gas station and don’t have mortgages or other life expenses!

  3. i feel like a doofus going to use the facilities at a gas station too, but it’s wayyy better than the side of the road. well, at least you have privacy. the nastiness … well ya know.

    i heard that gas station slots don’t even pay out? they’re just for ‘fun’? what fun is that, if it’s the truth???

    • Uh, yeah…. the gas station is WAY better than the side of the road. I almost feel like a doofus for even bringing up going into the gas station considering what you’ve been dealing with lately!

      And there is no fun in slot machines that just take your money. None at all.

  4. Jill, those are two nice runs!! I’d be very happy with them!!

    yeah, the Camelbak Racebak is all one piece-basically a tech like top that has a compartment for the reservoir! I’m very happy with this new one! Like the pictures, it will have the half zip in the front! The one that is selling now doesn’t have the zip and it’s a tighter fitting fabric! if you like it-wait until this new series comes out-I think Camelbak said it would come out in the fall!! it’s pretty nice wearing your hydration and I tried the original Camelbaks that you would put on on top of your clothing-I like this one much better!!

    As for GI Joe-I hope I haven’t influenced you….I’m a huge action flick person-I see all of them, but I really didn’t enjoy this-I thought it was kinda hokie….and I wasn’t thrilled with who they cast as the lead-thought they could have picked a better actor. There were parts that were ok….but go to a matinee so it’s cheaper!!

    • I’ll take your advice on seeing it at a matinee!

      Thanks for the info on the Camebak Racebak… it sounds really interesting. And it does sound like the addition of the zipper would make it more convenient. That’s awesome that you got to give them feedback.

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