I cheated this weekend. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Kira. She is an English Pointer, and she is gorgeous. Don’t tell Bailey.
I got out of the city for one more beach weekend in Margate with my friends. This is my second time there; we went last summer, too.
I knew that the last thing I”d want to do this weekend was run 16 miles when I could either be sleeping in or laying on the beach, so I ran 16 miles on Friday morning before work.
Ashley’s done that a few times before, and I always thought she was crazy, but when I thought about my options, the choice was easy. I woke up at 4:45, left around 5:20 and met up with Fiona at Chelsea Piers. We ran about 12 miles together–up nearly to the George Washington Bridge and back. It wasn’t easy waking up before 5, but by the time I was 5 or 6 miles in, I finally woke up. We haven’t run much together, so it was nice to chat and get to know each other for more than two hours.
We split up when I had about 3 miles left, and I had nothing left. We’d run around 8:45-9:00 pace for the first half of the run, and my legs were just shot by then. When I got home, I wanted to eat a bagel and sit on the couch, but I had to get dressed for work. I worked until 4 (yay summer Fridays) and my friends and I peaced out to drive down to Margate.
I had a huge blister on my foot and woke up with awful allergies, so I canned yesterday’s run, and I don’t regret it even a little bit.
This morning, Shannon and i ran 5 miles up and down the Atlantic City boardwalk. I was still really congested, it was hot and I was ready to pull out my ovaries, so it was a sucky run. Oh, and we ran into the wind. And uphill both ways in the snow.
Afterwards, we went to the beach. Yesterday, it was rainy, so we just walked around Cape May. (Where apparently Anne was and we missed each other!) It was fun, but it was not as fun as sitting on the beach is. Sitting on the beach is my Xanax.
Before getting in the car to head back to the city, we went to Lamberti’s for dinner and sat out overlooking the water. While I’m sort of over the really hot running and high electricity bills, I’m really not ready for summer to end.
Team Summer or Team Fall? How are you spending the last few days of summer?