In the Long Run
Monday, April 22, 2013
I had a 13-miler on the schedule yesterday - gearing up for the Cinco de Mayo half-marathon in 2 weeks - 2 weeks!! Egad, that came up quick! Anyway, the weather was excellent - 44 and overcast, but not raining (yet...). I like to do my long runs at a park about 20 minutes away that has a nice paved trail and, more importantly, bathrooms! I knew it was going to be a challenging run because I hadn't run that far since the last half marathon back in November AND my running shoes are due for replacing. I bought a new pair on Saturday, but knew better than to break them in on a long run like that.
I had a good pace going out - under 10 minute miles. A fresh playlist on the iPod was a nice background to the foot pounding and I was feeling good. Turned around at 6.5 miles and started heading back. That's when the rain started, which is no surprise in the Pacific NW in April. Thankfully, it wasn't as windy as it usually gets along the slough, so I wasn't running into a headwind. I was tickled by a goose family waddling next to the trail with about 7 little fuzzy goslings. The rain brought out the snails, too. I sent up a little thank you for the day, the trail, the wildlife, the healthy body that can run and the time to do it. A nice zen-like moment out there.
Then the feet started getting really tired. I could feel myself slapping the pavement and started to feel it in my ankles and hips. The last 4 miles weren't pretty and my times reflected that - all of the miles went over 10 minutes, I think the last one was almost 11 :-( But I knew I would make it, and that always provides a bit of a pick-me-up. Came in at 2hrs17min. Like I said, not pretty, but it puts me on track for the half marathon, where I will have new, cushy shoes and the crowd to inspire me.
Afterward, it was pretty funny trying to change out of my wet clothing. My hands were so cold I just held them under the hand dryer for a while to get some feeling back. I was drenched all the way through, and I tell you what, one of the most comforting feelings is a pair of dry socks and moccasins after a long, wet run! Then I treated myself to Starbucks and fueled up with a banana and a Clif bar. Walked a little gingerly all day and woke up kind of stiff this morning, so it will be good to get out and do our running club's Run for Boston 4-miler tonight. Loosen up all the creaky parts and get the first miles on the new shoes.
I hope everybody else out there has a moment to get some sweat on today, whatever your movement of choice might be!