Monday, June 29, 2009
Who's the man in the shade? My husband and he kept saying, "It's really nice outside" And it was for a summer day. But did I want to run from 4 pm-7pm on a nice summer day. I've been doing my running in the early morning. Still once I pass 10 mile runs it seems harder to find times to fit in that run. This weekend run was planned at 13.4 miles and I wanted to do it Mon or Tues, but neither days worked well. Could I do Sunday evening.
Well after days of 98 with high humidity 85 lower humidity and a slight breeze did feel okay. At least if you were sitting in the shade. Maybe I should have done herbal and concocted drinks from all the mint in my garden. I didn't I decided I would go ahead and run. I just needed to go real slow.
I also decided to run at a park where I could get some shade and had water and a bathroom instead of leaving from my house and running the suburban streets. Well I finished 13.4 miles in 2 minutes less than 3 hours.
First lesson. Queeny Parks gravel trails through the woods are shady, but much harder than the road. You have hills, erosion gullies, roots. You need to actively slow yourself down on all the down hills so you don't have your feet slide out from under you.
Second lesson. Related to the first. Pacing on new terrain is difficult. I planned to go slow, but at times I pushed harder than a should have. And here is something else I learned about using the run/walk method. If you begin to feel uncomfortable on the run you don't necessarily slow down. I caught myself pushing harder, thinking I just wanted to get this down with. Now since I do my run segments by time it makes no sense at all and I needed to practice discipline on pacing.
Third lesson. Although it was tough I did finish and I did manage to make myself slow down. I should have slowed a bit more in the beginning ---still I finished. Thankfully I've been consistent in my running and although this was a bigger jump it was okay.
Fourth Lesson-- I know this already, it's run in the morning during the summer.
Final lesson--for PenguinPie--If you clip your hat to your hair you don't need to keep pulling it back down. I was already wearing eye protection since I need glasses.
So I think I'll be trying to get out to the park for some shorter runs so I can work on pacing on those tough trails. It was pretty. Saw a deer, elderberries in bloom, field of prairie flowers.