Sometimes I really get tickled with the things I discover when I’m out running solo, especially on days like today. The time change threw me off this morning a great deal, and I felt I left considerably later than I did (which in actuality I did if it were not Daylight Saving Time). I determined a few things while I was out running today:
A. I wore gloves today, and not any fancy schmancy running gloves, just cheap 99 cent ones from Wally world. I SHOULD have worn gloves yesterday. Lesson learned.
B. Wearing your hood of your hoodie, up and tied mind you, gets you a bunch of weird looks while you are running. HOWEVER, my ears and neck were nice and toasty the whole run. AND I didn’t get soaked all the way through when it was raining.
C. I really don’t like running in cold rain, but it’s not so bad when you have layers on and can only feel it on your face. You have to do what you have to do when you’re training for an ultra, regardless of what Mother Nature throws at you.
D. People in general are gross. I saw so much trash, and not just any trash, but gross trash on the sidewalk and side of the road this morning. (i.e. dirty diaper, chip bags, a bong, a used condom, half eaten food, smushed McD’s cups, etc. all of which got a prompt “EWW!” from me)
E. My asics that I ran 14 miles in yesterday are not meant for trail running, and are being retired to short runs only. My sauconys that I wore today do not hurt my feet, and in fact, my feet feel better after the run today than they did yesterday.
G. People either wave or stare at you as you try to cross the street. I love the ones that wave you on and smile. It makes my runs go better! I feel like they are all on my side… but who knows? Maybe in reality they are thinking, “Why is this idiot out running in 40 degree weather, in the rain, and wrapped up like a mummy?”
H. Even though I was tired, and my legs were tired, I CAN run two long runs back to back. I wasn’t doubting my ability to do it, I just wasn’t sure what my legs would do. Believe it or not, about a few miles in the tiredness seemed to lessen, and the legs loosened up, and the run wasn’t so bad after all.
Today’s run was pretty decent over all. The ultra is getting closer and closer, and I am starting to feel less and less nervous about it with all the training I am doing. I am thankful for my coach who continues to challenge me and at the same time supports and encourages me. It’s nice to have that support! Here’s to another great day of training under my belt!
Live. Love. Run. Passionately!