Lived to tell the tale

I made it. 18 miles on foot to work, the majority of which in a straight line.

There were some challenges: water completely froze in my Nathan Intensity Hydration Pack straw after about 5K, roads/sidewalks more messy than anticipated, sidewalk completely disappeared at one point when traffic coming toward me was heavy.

But I made it in one piece, felt pretty decent and have a good story to tell. šŸ™‚

I really enjoy point-to-point runs and didn’t find it mentally tough at all to run along one road the entire time. I enjoyed picking out the landmarks that I always see on my commute to work. Interestingly, “almost there” by car doesn’t quite feel the same on foot.

It’s a pretty awesome feeling to know that I just replaced a frustrating 40-minute commute with a pretty awesome run. But I have to say, I have probably never been so happy to arrive at the office.

Walking in the door wearing full running gear complete with safety vest and blinky lights, responding to questioning looks from co-workers by explaining that I just ran here: priceless.

One thing I neglected to consider – now I have to work for 9 hours. ZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

29.1 KM (18.1mi) – 2:44:16 – 5:38/KM (9:05/mi)

55 thoughts on “Lived to tell the tale

  1. SO impressed! Way to be creative with getting your long run in. I love running to and from work but its a measly 4 miles, not 18! Have a blasttttt on your trip!

  2. FUN! I run to my work's annual picnic every year, its 20 miles but its int he summer time and i dont have to leave my house until like 8am. wow, you're nuts. bottles are only good for 1 sip in the freezing-cold weather, as soon as you get water in the sucky part (not sure what to call it) it's all done then you have to unscrew to drink. so annoying. you should invent something for your fellow ice cold weather runners! have a BLAST on vacation! congrats on a successful run!!!! glad you made it there safely!! šŸ™‚

  3. What a way to kick off a Friday! Awesome run! I wish I was a bit closer to work, so I could run commute instead of being stuck in the car for 2 hours everyday!

  4. you seriously are all kinds of my HERO. i seriously can't imagine doing a long run before a workday. what time did you have to get up? sheesh. i want to give you a medal. or a gold star. or SOMETHING. truly amazing woman!

  5. That is so awesome! How did you get home? I love things like that. I ran once to work and back and have biked but both ways are not even half of what you did. You are really something!

  6. I remember that feeling of shock when people realize that I just ran 25km while they were idling in traffic. Totally priceless. Plus there was a good feeling of accomplishment before the day even got really started! Good work!(I have tips for winter hydration, the best is a camel pack between layer 2 and 3 if you can manage that šŸ™‚

  7. lol. yeah i don't think the coworkers will ever get it. i love runmuting! 18 miles of runmuting is awesome šŸ™‚ hope you were able to stay awake… have a great trip!

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