The Green Girl's Sole Runners Saturday Morning Run

The Green Girl did her usual Saturday Sole Runners run this morning.

In anticipation of the heat, I headed out early to Marina Vista Park and got a couple of miles in before the sun came up.

Coach Steve went over the Sole Runner updates and then mentioned a few of the races that will be going on in two weeks for the Labor Day holiday. He said he is going to be doing Mt. Baldy.

He also reiterated the importance of adequate hydration when running in hot weather.

Like last week, we started out at Marina Vista Park and headed towards the Long Beach State campus.

I felt really strong today. The running came naturally and I didn't have to push myself.

Since I wasn't struggling physically, I was able to concentrate on relaxing my body - especially my shoulders. I was also able to focus on the mental aspects of running.

At one point, I got really hungry and I wasn't in the mood for another energy chew so I stopped at a convenience store and got a hot dog with mustard and onions.

I quickly devoured it and continued on my way.

As usual, the warmer it got, the more my pace slowed but I made a conscious effort to hydrate more frequently.

As I headed out to the beach path, I was grateful for the occasional ocean breeze.

A few fellow Sole Runners commented that I was looking really strong today and it felt good to receive the compliments. It's nice when you can see your hard work paying off.

This week is a recovery week and I'm looking forward to taking it easy.


  1. I can never run after eating, but that hot dog looks good.

  2. You must have an iron stomach! Glad you were feeling so strong.

  3. Ha, ha! Love the mid-run hot dog, that's awesome!

  4. Good for you! I think you had that hot dog for all of us. I cannot eat anything before or during a run, as it feels like I have a ton of bricks in my tummy. However, I see that ultra distance runners have no trouble in wolfing down entire pizzas mid-run. Seems like you may have a future in ultras!

  5. Thank you, Ewa, Miss Zippy, P, and Natalia.

    I'm on a high this morning after having done 15 miles last weekend and 17 miles this weekend. I was hesitant to celebrate last night because I wanted to see how my foot felt this morning. So far, so good.

    This is my highest mileage since I was diagnosed with posterior tibial tendonitis.

  6. I saw your hot dog yesterday and I was thinking about it all day... Last night I went to Wienerschnitzel for dinner. Yummy!!!
    Keep up the good work:-)

  7. gotta love it when you get supportive comments like that. Enjoy your rest week!

  8. Well done on your great run! You are really upping the mileage now. When I’m hungry I eat what I feel like even while running. I suppose this happens mostly on ultras and long runs because we don’t get that hungry on shorter runs. Eating really helps on the longer runs even though most people will say they can’t do it. I had a hot dog right after my long run yesterday.

  9. WoohoO! Go Mary! Rackin' those miles UP!!!! High Five!
    A hot dog over a chew hu? :) That made me laugh out loud!

  10. Way to rack the miles! I need to run with you guys if you can stop and get a hot dog. Then I wouldn't be underfueled!

  11. You ate a hot dog mid-run?? Wow! I can't even imagine doing that. I would have been under a bench curled up in a ball.


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