FINALLY! Was so close in July (89) but travel and a really bad cold cut the miles.
Okay, so what’s been up since I last posted? Running…. what else, right (well, work, etc). Yesterday was my 17 mile run and I messed up and hit the save button at around 2 miles on my watch. SO, starting over, I had to get 15 more miles to make the 17 miles. I did the Balanced Rock loop (about 10 miles) and added a run around our local high school and one of the elementary schools to make it 12 miles as ran back passed my home to reload my water/sports drink bottle and eat a power bar (didn’t go in, just stayed on the roadside).
I felt quite strong the first 6 to 8 miles but then it was like the tank just ran dry! It was very humid but only 81 degrees and as I was running around 9am, the sun wasn’t that strong yet. Not sure why I had such a struggle but that is the way of running! Some days, the dragon almost wins!
I was doing some quick mental calculations to figure out how to make the run be exactly 17 miles and made a few changes as I ran. I realized about 1.5 miles out from home that I was really 2.5 miles from home. Talk about being an unhappy camper! Given I was slogging along and NOT having fun at this point, I wasn’t going to give in so I made a sharp right hand turn and headed down Main Street to Copps Hill Plaza and then a left to head back up to North Street. A quick right and left through a local cemetery and boom, I was back on track. I will tell you that those last 2.5 miles were a struggle. I walked some, stopped some, but I kept on in a forward direction 🙂
Got to love how the second half of my run was mostly uphill vs. the first half. Hmmm, I must enjoy pain.. 🙂
Side note, the day after, I am feeling pretty good! Not sore, and just a minimal level of tiredness. I did go to bed at 8:30 Sunday night so those 9 hours of sleep may have helped!
Until next time, Run Safe and Run Strong!