Death By Miles, Then Chocolate

This morning I woke up (super early to my Pacific timed body clock) to run 6 miles along the Gulf of Mexico. My calves were really tight from yesterday’s 10 miler so I planned on taking it easy. It was still dark but, I was going to run along the water path anyways so I was out the hotel door by 6:30am.galvaston sunrise

I spotted Kelly outside the hotel and jumped in with her for a few miles. She had me going at a 8:11 pace for the first mile!20120331_065828

Finally the sun came up, she kept going and I headed back home. I LOVE exploring new areas on foot!20120331_073538fort crockett sign

When I got back to the hotel I found pastries, fruit, yogurt and coffee right off the elevator on our floor. I guess we’re staying on the Penthouse floor so there’s some nice perks!IMG_8718 (800x600)IMG_8719 (800x600)

I made myself a breakfast and enjoyed it on the balcony.IMG_8710 (800x600)

I know I am so lucky to be able to travel and see all these amazing places and people. I’m very, very grateful this morning.IMG_8714 (800x600)

I couldn’t enjoy the views for long because we had a group run schedule with Chris Lieto himself! We donned our Refuel gear…

These are the other bloggers on this trip (minus one): Kelly, Ben and Michelle

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Then, we took off! Chris joked that we were going to do an easy 5:50 pace to start. chris lieto in galvaston

Well, I thought he was joking. I learned that’s his serious face when the guys took!running from behind

Actually, they were going about a 7:30 something pace to start, but I only go that fast in a car. I held on as long as I could until I got my ass handed to me and slowed down.chris lieto running texas

This is Monica.IMG_8729 (600x800)

This is Monica getting her azz handed to her being lapped.IMG_8726 (800x600)

It was 4 miles of humiliation. So, I decided to drown myself in the brown waters of the Gulf of Mexico. IMG_8729 (600x800)

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But the team convinced me not to give up just yet because there was a light at the end of the tunnel….

And it involved chocolate.IMG_8736 (600x800)

Seriously though, my baby cows are SUPER TIGHT from yesterdays run then plane sitting for hours. I’m hoping the makeshift ice bath in the water will help a bit?IMG_8732 (600x800)

And running with Chris and the guys was an eye opener. I was about to hold a 7:30ish pace for 1 mile at least! I need to get it together.running with chris lieto

From there we were off to lunch, the expo and press conference. More in a bit!


  1. Laura says

    I absolutely love Chris Lieto! I can’t believe you got to not just meet him but RUN with him. It would be so cool to workout with a pro-triathlete! Hope you are having fun!

  2. Jaclyn says

    What a great opportunity for you! Looks like you are having fun.

    Also, don’t you worry about running the dark?

  3. says

    How awesome is it that you got to run with Chris Leito?!? SO jealous, he’s one of my sports heros!

    And DON’T be ashamed about struggling to keep up with him – the man wins Ironmans, MOST people can’t keep up with him 😉 You both would have left me eating your dust!! Looking forward to reading more about your trip!

  4. says

    7:30? I have to pick myself up off the floor and remember yet again that not everyone jogs at a 10:00 pace and then gets bored and starts walking after about 30 seconds.

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