The title sums up the weekend perfectly, and the weekend was perfect if you ask me. Saturday morning at 7:30 I explored a new-to-me trail which I will be spending a ton of time on this summer, especially since the majority of it is shaded & has water fountains, a runner’s saving grace. I realized, especially while out on the paths for 16+ miles, I want to get a water pack to carry more water. Does anyone have suggestions? I’m open to brands (Nathan, Ultimate Direction, Camelbak etc), but I would like a backpack type hydration tool, not a belt with bottles.
Anywho, the 16.6 miler went well. I was anxious and nervous for absolutely no reason. Especially when I’ve been coasting around 15 milers each weekend with no problem. I only took in two Honey Stinger gels, probably not enough, but it was warm out and it’s always hard for me to eat a lot in the heat. I’m trying to slowly eat more during these long runs in preparation for fall marathon training.
Note worthy items on my run: I saw 3 deer, a crane and a black snake. Yep. Saw another female runner jump several feet from the edge of the trail and was quick to point out to me to watch out. I’m always hopping over twigs and branches on the trails in fear they might be a snake. Turns out it’s not a bad idea.
After I finished, feeling excellent by the way, I surprised Cameron and took him to a local brewery that a client told me about. Manor Hill Brewing! (Ellicott City, MD)
We started with a flight to taste several beers, played corn hole (or “bags” depending on what part of the country you’re from), walked around the facility (they allow self guided tours) and enjoyed the sunny afternoon!
I enjoyed the Coffee IPA and their sour saison. The brewery doesn’t serve food so you can bring your own! We brought along chips, peanuts and oreos. Don’t judge, remember I ran super far so I can eat some junk once in a while.
The brewery has limited space and is only open Friday to Sunday so if you plan on going, i’d recommend making a reservation! The space is beautiful, the bartenders were so nice and we both agreed it was a fun place to spend an afternoon and we will return!
The next day, Sunday, which is now turning into my 2nd runday I met up with my friend Deena for an easy 5 miler.
Talking about life, relationships and running is just the way I like starting the morning! This is also one part of the the 50K course i’m planning. Just need another weekend to scout out the parts of the course and I can share it.
Monday: 30min upper body
Tuesday: 7.1m easy 8:38/pace
Wednesday: 8.1m easy 9:10/pace
Thursday: 5.1m fartlek, 20min full body HIIT
Saturday: 16.6m long 9:25/pace
Sunday: 5.1m easy
Total Miles: 42
Water hydration pack? Brand/type/Liters?
Favorite way to spend a summer afternoon?