So, after our long run, we JUST HAD to get our picture taken with a SuperHero. I was hoping for Spiderman, or maybe a Robert Downey Junior lookalike dressed as Iron Man (He is so adorable...but it may be that I'm just flashing back to my younger days when he played the tragic Julian in Less Than Zero who I completely fell in LOVE with when I was...oh...about 25 and dramatically thinking I lived a somewhat tragic life myself...but wait, I digress, what was I saying????)...ANYWAY, we didn't find any Iron or Spider men...so we had to settle for...
Ta da da daaaaaaa
We spotted him from the road. He was apparently waiting for (you guessed it) the shuttle bus, so I flipped into the Sheraton driveway, parked in the emergency zone (because it WAS an emergency after all), asked DuffMan if we could get a photo...and accosted another guy standing next to him to actually take the picture. I'm sure both were thrilled because yes, we WERE looking absolutely fabu after our run...and yes, that's me with no shoes on...because it was AFTER the run and I'd already removed my sweaty New Balances...at least you can't see Betty's sweat marks on her shorts...which really made her look like she'd wet herself (we really gotta get the girl some black shorts)...BTW did I mention that it was just a little humid yesterday AM?
Photo With Super Hero Taken...Task Accomplished
But the real point of this is that Betty and I had a great run yesterday morning on Harbor Island. According to MapMyRun, we ran almost 11.2 miles. According to the Garmin our new running partner "Kate" had on, we ran 10.6 miles...I suspect it was somewhere between the two (we may not have run as far down Shelter Island as I drew).
Here's the route...go ahead, click on the map for fits and giggles...I'll bet you can tell where the water station is (in the larger version, you'll see where we go three times).
And here are the elevation stats. Our run had a few little hills as we ran out to the submarine base on Rosecrans. We found out afterward that everyone else ran up Canon...which has a longer, gradual incline, probably more like what we'll do in the AFC 1/2...but we charted our own course...so smaller hills it was for us.
The nice thing about thinking that we ran 11.2 miles, is that the 1/2 marathon is only two miles more than that and that we ran it in just a little over 2 hours...which is why I think we ran close to 11 as that would be close to my 11 minute mile pace.
In the interest of full disclosure, I must also mention that Betty and D2 had come over to the house the night before, as had one of Mike's friends, Earl, and his son. So I made several pitchers of my fresh margaritas (yes, I squeeze the lemons and limes myself...no store-bought mix here)...
Here's the recipe
For the mix:
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup simple syrup (1/2 c sugar and 1/2 c water...on low heat until sugar dissolves into water)
dash or two of salt
For the margarita
1 c mix
1 c really good tequila (I use Patron)
1/2 c really good triple-sec or Cointreau
Shake w/ice (I use a martini shaker) and pour over ice
Garnish with a lime wedge.
This makes about 3 or 4 margaritas depending on the size of the margarita glass... and YES, I've given you a recipe for margaritas that measures out tequila in cups, not in shots. I have no idea what the equivalent is...all I know is that the margaritas are really YUMMY (I can't stand really sweet margarita mix) and they just kick-ass (or will kick yours)!
Anyway, since I'd had several margs the night before...I was a little concerned about how I'd do on the long run. In truth I felt OK (a little dehydrated, which explains the three stops at the water station), but not bad really... I think my decision to stop drinking margaritas, and start drinking water when Walter opened the first bottle of wine was one of the wisest decisions I've made in quite a while!
Of course, my overall energy level for the REST of the day on Saturday is ANOTHER STORY!
But that may also be due to our decision to head into OB for some breakfast (after the run and photo-op), where we had a nice breakfast and (of course) MIMOSAS!
Is it any wonder I needed a nap?