Sunshine and Golden Leaves
Saturday, October 31, 2009
I didn't get out on my run as early as I wanted to, and that turned out to be OK, even though it meant I finished later. The sun came out, at least for awhile, and it was just Glorious with all the golden leaves on the trail!
Even though it was a really long run (for me, that is! All you "elite" runners out there will probably think it was nothing - but even ultra distance runners had to start somewhere!) So I went 11.17 miles, on a spectacular day, on a beautiful trail, and it just felt wonderful! There were just bunches of people running out there this morning. Must have been some running clubs getting together or something - I bet I saw almost 2 doz. people. Some alone, and some in groups, the most I have ever seen out there. Especially on that part of the trail, where it is usually pretty quiet.
The best part of all, for me, was that nothing cramped up on this run! I was pretty tired, and not very fast by the last half mile or so, but it all felt pretty darned good!
One thing of note, you never know just how many places you have chafed until you get in the shower and that hot water hits you! Whoowee, does that sting!
I keep thinking, that on these long runs, I should be learning something really profound. And I guess the most profound thing is to just not ever give up. I was so close to giving up when I started have trouble with the cramping in my calf, but thanks to some really supportive people, Sparkies and others, I stuck to it. I learned that I really do have to warm up well before I head out, and to stretch really good. I have to hydrate well, and to be sure to re-fuel along the way. And not be afraid to walk a little to loosen up if I have to. And DON'T QUIT! I have 29 days til the Seattle Half, and 2 more long runs and then to taper the last week. I know now I CAN DO IT! Maybe that is profound enough!
Keep the Spark!