Saturday morning mosey

Distance: 9.2 mi

Time: 1:18:20

So I guessed the distance on this run and I came up a bit short of my intended 10 miles for the day, but it’s no biggie.  The run was fantastic, beautiful and comfortable.  When I got in I felt like I could go another loop.  I didn’t take any water with me and didn’t drink on the way and I felt fine.

I forgot there was a 5K run today on the part of the trail I was finishing on, so I was quite startled to come around a corner and be confronted by a herd of skinnies bearing down on me.  It was amazing how many people that were running the race were familiar to me.  I loved the puzzled looks I got from some of them.  That “I didn’t see you at the starting line… where’s your number?  How did you get into the lead?” kind of a look.  I wasn’t going to let them think any different.  I just grunted some words of encouragement and moseyed on my merry way.

As the weather cools off I have learned that I need to add something to my bag of tricks…  I gotta get some Fog-B-Gone for my sunglasses!  I ran down into a valley and the temperature dropped about 5 degrees.  As I rounded a bend and went into the shade, my glasses immediately fogged up so bad I had to take them off for fear of crashing into a tree.  I also seem to have developed a bad habit of stepping directly on sharp, pointy rocks with the ball of my foot.  Even though I have new shoes, I am still getting stone bruises.  Not bad ones, but just enough to make me shout colorful phrases into the morning mist, which tends to weird people out a bit…  Like I care…

Next week I will run on Tuesday but the rest of my week is a big question mark.  I am at a conference in Springfield and I don’t know how much running I will get in.  Hopefully the hotel will at least have a treadmill I can use.  I don’t want to run too much anyway, since I am running a half marathon next Sunday, but it would be good to at least keep my legs loose.

Twenty days to go, baby!!!

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