The best part of today's run is that it's over. 18.73 miles in 3 hours 58 minutes 59 seconds. Nope, I'm not going looking for that spare change last mile anywhere.
I got out the door at 542 am to beat the heat. It was 75 degrees F, and about 90% humidity. This was still in the form of fog as I started out on top of the ridge (this was a total road run.)
I wore the new hydration pack, I'm not sure about it. I was not used to the weight-I bought one with 100 oz capacity. It seemed like I could not strap it tight enough. I got this slosh-slosh-slosh noise. I also didn't like not knowing how much fluids I had left in it. How do you hydration pack wearers figure that out?
I had dropped the iPod mini the day before, and to my dismay, found it stuck on full volume, and I couldn't scroll with it, I could only play the songs in order. So much for listening to the latest.Get Your Geek On! podcast. I then noticed the battery power taking a dive, so I knew I would be without music for a big part of the run-argh!
I ran to our little town, Newcomerstown, on one road, and then ran back home on a different road. The run home was tough. The sun had finally came out, I was out of the fog down by the river, and the tar was already melting on the road. It's hot at 9am when the tar is already melting.
I made it home, did the ice bath, took a pseudo-nap ( you can't nap with dogs jumping on and off the bed) and then had lunch. I still feel whipped. I don't know whether it was due to the work yesterday, the heat and humidity, or the new hydration pack. This was a tough run for me today!
But even as the run was ending (as I wearily tried to make it through the last mile or so) I tried to see the positives. I remembered how I felt when I was hurt and realized how lucky I was to even be out there completing 18 miles. I was glad the first half of the run had been out of the direct sunlight. I knew the suckiness of the run didn't have anything to really do with my physical shape, I'm feeling really strong.
Oh, and just one more comment, road miles just suck. I want to be on my trails!