12 miles

What a glorious morning — a little overcast, but warm and pretty, with a nice breeze moving over us for most of the run. My group was scheduled to run 10 miles, but parking is always a pain on Saturday mornings, so I parked at 21st Street instead of 31st, thus saving myself some hassle and tacking a couple of miles onto my run at the same time. I’m half-thinking about running Little Rock, which is March 15, so I can use the extra mileage anyway. 

We ran on the west side of the river and took the new trail extension up Turkey Mountain, which was awesome. I didn’t really like coming down (it’s hard to find that comfortable balance between broken neck and shin splints, and I have not yet mastered correct downhill form), but the climb was sort of cool, and a water stop was waiting for us at the top of the hill.

I’m thinking of buying a gel flask to carry on long runs. Carb-Boom and the little packets of organic peanut butter are both wonderful, but there’s an awful lot of packaging involved, and buying single-serving packets can get pretty expensive. I’m not sure I’m crazy about the nutrition, either. The peanut butter is great if you want protein, and Carb-Boom is great if you want carbs, but I’d kind of like to have both. I’m pretty sure I can build a better mousetrap by mixing freshly ground peanut butter with some of my girls’ wonderful honey and a pinch or two of sea salt.

Hope you’re having a gorgeous Saturday morning, wherever you are.