Distance: 9.2 mi
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!!!