The week before last, my husband and I ran and saw 4 dead rats during the run. It was weird.
Today, I ran and saw a whopping SIX dead rats! Okay – 5 rats and 1 mouse. Gross! I also saw a dead squirrel and big dead grey and white bird that was easily 10 pounds! It looked like it had been run over by a car. Can you imagine running over a big giant bird with your car?
Why focus on dead animals on the run? It kept me from concentrating on the fact that I needed to ‘go’. It was one of THOSE runs this morning!
Last week I talked about how I needed to stick to my schedule, you know, make it a priority. So, I changed my running schedule to accommodate a Saturday activity. How’s that for sticking to it? My original altered plan was to run two runs on Tuesday so I could be off on Wednesday, and run on Thursday and Friday. That didn’t work out. I was too tired on Tuesday to do another run. Plan C was to run long on Friday and then get the last 5 miles in on Saturday. That didn’t happen, either. I ran long on Friday and sat on my behind most of the day on Saturday. Such is life, right?
So…. I ran 13.18 miles on Friday – alone. ‘Alone’ meant that I didn’t have anyone to help me pace myself, so I ran slow, then not so slow, then slow again, then.. I did okay, though. I picked a route that was a little over half of the way out in one direction, then an about face to finish up. It’s interesting how much further a run seems when it’s mostly a straight line. I kept thinking, “I am running to the mall….” It was weird. I had a lot of chances to stop at traffic lights – so that was good. Since I was already stopping quite a bit for traffic, I didn’t really stick to the mile and a half breaks. I carried my Gu tube with Orange flavored Accell. It tasted like orange creme popsicle. I drank it in two parts. The second time, it was sort of warm – kind of gross. I’m still not sure how much the gel is helping me, though. I wish I could run 13 miles with it and then 13 miles WITHOUT it to compare, but clearly, that is not gonna happen!
Wrap-up of last week:
- Monday: 4 easy miles
- Tuesday: 6 miles at ‘marathon’ pace
- Wednesday: 4 miles doing intervals – 1/4 mile at marathon pace, 1/4 mile at 10:30mm until I got to 4 miles – I WAS WORN OUT!
- Thursday: off
- Friday: 13 miles
- Saturday: off
- Sunday: off (mistake – see next Monday)
Here’s what’s on tap for this week:
- Monday: 4 easy miles (not easy after two days off – i felt really sluggish and tired)
- Tuesday: 5 miles on treadmill at marathon pace
- Wednesday: 4 miles on treadmill at tempo pace (I will do intervals again)
- Thursday: off
- Friday: 4 easy miles
- Saturday: FOURTEEN MILES… (will be out of town, going to a football game after running)
- Sunday: off
That’s it for now! Gotta go do something productive 😉