Thursday, March 21, 2013
Well, after being cooped up at my computer for much of the week, I needed a break. I didn't get to run on Tues (snow storm), or Wed (writing) and I wanted to get in a good run this afternoon. I did a thorough read through my manuscript, made the corrections that I needed to, and then started thinking about how far I wanted to go and what route I wanted to run. I planned out a route north of town where it is rolling rural hills that would come out to 13.1 miles from work to home. I was familiar with most of the route, but part of it was new and I figured that I would figure it out (any idea where this is going?)
The first sign of trouble was my Garmin giving me the low battery message (I guess it wasn't seated in the charger right. It died about 3 miles into the run. I kept going, made my turn about the 4 mile mark that I was supposed to. Got onto a muddy and hilly dirt road, but I was still on track. Then I got a little mixed up and missed the next turn. I was up in an area that I don't run in too often, so I didn't recognize it right away. I was looking for one intersection, when I found myself somewhere completely different. It took a moment, but I figured out what I did and that it cut a few miles off my route. Not having my Garmin, I wasn't sure how much, or what kind of pace I was at. Well, I thought of a few ways that I could add to my route, but eventually just decided to just head home instead.
So, I looked up the route that I ended up doing on mapmyrun.com and found that it was about 10.9 miles, or 2.2 miles short. I did it in 1:39, or right about a 9 min pace. Not bad. It was a good run and served its purpose. I guess I will have make another attempt to get in my first half of the season.