Nothing like coming over the last hill of the day and jamming to John Cougar Mellencamp.
Today was a lesson in persistence. When we headed out there was frost on the windows, my first really cold day. We drove out to my starting point and the fog was so thick you could only see a few feet in front of you! I wore my headlamp just in case, since I was running right on the shoulder. The first few miles were cold and damp and pretty eerie because I couldn’t get a sense of what was around me.
After about 7 or 8 miles the fog cleared and I saw that I was surrounded by beautiful mountains, and had been running alongside the edge of the San Carlos Indian Reservation. So I pretended for a while that I was way back in time and running to the next village to deliver some important news. It kept me entertained for a while, because the going was quite slow today. I had to keep stopping to stretch and I was pretty hungry all morning. And the terrain was steady rolling hills, without the beauty of yesterday’s scenery. So for a while I wasn’t sure if I’d made it the whole 24 miles to the next town.
In the afternoon I was able to pick up my pace and knock off some quicker miles. My soundtrack also helped : ) After about 45 minutes, however, a stinging bellyache hit me. Sharp cramps and stinging pains. I haven’t had that happen during a run for a really long time and it felt like another halt in momentum. I think it was because my belly was a bit empty.
Anyway, I clutched my side for a bit and kept going. It finally eased up and I ran the final 3 miles nearly all downhill. About 100 ft from my stop, 3 dogs ran across the street and came up all around me. I was freaked for a minute or two but they all turned out to be friendly and just walked alongside me til I finished.
In any case, it was one of those runs where I was quite happy when it was done! I had to just keep telling myself to keep going, slow or not, the point is to keep going, keep moving, a step at a time. But those runs always feel successful in another way, the fact that you got it done when you might not have been so enthusiastic about it.
And now a hot shower and bed will feel that much better!