The Formula for an Awesome Run

I ran 14 miles this morning. And now I remember why I love to run.

I just followed these simple rules and had the best run since marathon training began:

  • Skip long run the previous weekend.  Check.
  • Order new shoes online, but make sure to order them too late to be delivered before next long run. Check.
  • Drink 4 huge beers Thursday night. Check.
  • While drinking those beers, meet a guy that grabs my arm and tells me I’m “meaty.” Check.
  • Forget to drink water on Friday. Check.
  • Get minimal sleep. Check.
  • Forget water at home this morning and remember after I’ve already left the house. Check.

Best.run.ever.

I’m not sure how it’s possible. But, I felt good the whole time. I ran faster than I have in months, and I finished with my fastest mile. Life is good.

Oh – I forgot to put Body Glide on my feet and still got a rash.

But that rash can suck it, because my run was awesome.

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  1. That’s awesome that you rocked your long run! And you are NOT meaty. I’m pretty sure he was just a d-bag.

  2. Awesome!! I love when I have a great run like that and it’s so unexpected

  3. I skipped my long run last weekend, too. I hope this means that I’ll have a kick ass run tomorrow like you.*

  4. Michelle @ Crazy*Running*Legs

    Woo-hoo for a good run!! I only worked out 3 times this week (1 long run, 1 tempo run, and spin today) and I feel like such a SLACKER. I need those 14 miles tomorrow!!

    How was the weather? Did the “cooler” temps help?

  5. Yeyy awesome job 🙂 I agree with Jessica, you are definitely not “meaty.”

    And I didn’t even know you were supposed to put Body Glide on your feet!?

  6. Laura

    I thought I was the only one who has their best runs after a beer-drinking night. I’m going to tell myself it’s the carbs…

  7. Meaty?! Pfft. That dude can suck it. Congrats on the run…sometimes I’ve had the best workouts after I’ve consumed my weight in vodka and cake (not that I’d ever do that 😉 )

  8. I had one of those runs this AM! Ha! I love when things go well unexpectedly!

  9. LOL. “That rash can suck it!!”

    I need to try some of these things on your list. No wonder my long runs don’t go that great 😉

  10. Sounds like one of my run prep sessions! Isn’t it amazing how we can do everything right before we run and it feels like a death march. But everything goes wrong and ti feels great. Really shows that the prep doesn’t mean all that much.

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  11. Stephanie @ LiveLikeAGrrl...

    Yay!!! Congrats on your super awesome run. I feel like those runs usually come along right when we need them 🙂

  12. Beer is the BEST fuel for a long run! I swear that sometimes when you do all the ‘right’ things it totally backfires. Rebellious runners, FTW! Awesome job girl!

  13. Woo hoo Paula!!! You are a meaty beast!

  14. Yay, way to go! I’ve read before that beer is a performance enhancer for the record.

  15. Woot woot! Go girl! I always have the best races when I do things I’m not supposed to the night before–like drink. All that training gobbledy gook can suck it indeed!

  16. You rock. I approve 🙂