So many things to blog about today. Today I had an 8 mile run, which will be followed by 8 mile runs on Thurs. Fri. and Sat. I may mix it up and run 2 x's some of those days. In fact, on Fri. I have hill repeats so I may run 5 miles in the morning - running the repeats, and then an easy 3 mile run in the evening. But for now, back to today's run. It wasn't easy. I averaged 9:53 pace, which is ok for my recovery run, but it wasn't easy for sure. I started out my run carrying my water. I didn't want to drive out and drop waters, and I didn't want to wear the fuel belt, so the plan was to carry the water to the 2 mile, drink and drop the water and drink again when I came back, with 2 miles remaining. So I drop the water, continue running, and about 1/2 mile down the road the prisoners are sitting on the side of the road eating lunch. This is the "clean up the road prisoner crew." As I pass, I spoke to the Sheriff and continued on with my run. Today, is the first warm and humid day of running that I have had this year (67 degrees & 78% humidity, not awful, but need my water). As I make my way back, I am looking forward to my water stop, but guess what? Yep, the prisoners are gone and so is my water. I suppose they finished their lunch, and started picking up the trash again, and they covered the area where I had dropped my water. Bummer!
I start running again and soon forget about wanting water. I am heading up hill for 1.5 miles and I have a strong headwind. My legs feel tired. At this point, I realize my legs are sore. Yes, I ran a hard 10 miler on Monday, but it's not that, it's something different. What is it? I am shamed to say - it's the pine cones. On Tues., my exercise for the day consisted of picking up pine cones in the yard for 40 minutes. This is not my first time to have pine cone fatigued legs. It's embarrassing each time it happens, but I can not tell a lie, my legs are sore from bending over and picking up pine cones. It always amazes me that I can run, run, run, but picking up pine cones is brutal.
As I struggle to finish the last half mile, so ready to be done, stomach growling, once again, "Check my Brain" comes on the radio. This is the 3rd time, when struggling on a run, that this song comes on just as I am begging to be done. So Meg - this week, I too am reminded of some of those summer/fall runs last year. Not only because of the muggy weather today, but also because of a song on the radio. Hadn't heard this song since last fall, but it came back so clear in my mind, the day, the run, the struggle - it's weird. It makes me laugh because when I am struggling, I do think I need to check my brain....what am I doing out here? But is passes and I know good runs are in front of me. Pine cone fatigue does fade, lol:)
One last note - started my run @ 10:40 today and as I still have about 1 mile to go, again, I am HUNGRY. This was around 12:00 pm. I think my brain is just trained to be hungry at this time, but Mon., and today I get a weak nauseous feeling for a few minutes. So my friends at Happy Trails must be right about the low blood sugar @ 12:00pm. Typically, I use gels on the run, but maybe I need to try to eating something while running for Boston. Need to practice, not much time to figure it out, but will continue to tinker for the the next few weeks. Both of these days, I was near finishing my run when this happens, but for Boston, I will have at least, 2.5 hours left to run after 12ish. It may be just a passing thing each day, and may not be an issue at all, but it bugs me. To be continued.....