It was a simply gorgeous fall day.
The leaves on the oaks were all oranges and yellows in the vibrant blue sky at seven thousand feet as I tied the white laces of my running shoes that morning.
I parked my Subaru in the lot with the other Subaru and Jeep owners from our mountain towns and stepped out of my SUV into a chilly fall morning. It was maybe forty degrees in the shade as I stood shivering in my shorts and light weight sweater. This, I know now, is why runners wear Hefty trash bags before races. They keep you warm but you don’t have to run layers back to the car far off in some parking lot seconds before the race starts. ( precious moments you should be spending in the porta potty line as you won’t have time for a potty break for 13.1 miles.)
Months and months before I stood in a parking lot shivering in shorts and not nearly enough layers on a brisk morning, I had decided to run my first half marathon.
This was four years ago and try as I might training before hand, I had never run 13.1 before.
The next three and a half hours would start off invigorating and end up agonizing.
It was 13.1 miles later and my white shoe laces were no longer white. They were a dusty brown and caked in mud after running my hardest for three and a half hours.
My legs ached from my butt cheeks to my ankles and we had to walk a mile back to the car from the finish line to the parking lot!
This is what happens when you do not train enough!
Coconut Cream Cappuccino
1 cup hot coffee
1 tab coconut cream
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Combine the hot coffee and the other three ingredients in a nutri bullet for thirty seconds until slightly foamy.