Stats for 6/2:
7-8 ish miles
Time- More than an hour
Pace- Slower than normal
Hot day, partial run with Shelby, stomach ache, and Garmin mishap.
Today was my mid week 8 miler during lunch on a BUSY day!! Shelby and I started out together and we both were HOT for the first minute. It was 84++ (28c for my foreign readers LOL) with 26% humidity, I have never looked at humidity so I have no idea what that means? It has been hot for several days in a row now and us Washington running folk and MELTING!!! Poor Shelbs could not take the heat and we parted ways around mile 3.5.
As I rounded the corner alone I noticed some simple white flowers cascading over the grey bricks, BEAUTIFUL!! Unnoticed on past runs, amazing what the eye catches from day to day. Approaching the creepy underpass there was a guy under the bridge..WHAT KIND OF GUY? My mind imagined a schizophrenic transient in dirty torn jeans, wielding a switch blade and a black garbage sack. To my relief it was a well dressed young man resembling someone ready to interview for an accountant position. PHEW!!
Heading toward the turn to my next stretch of trail, a TALL Man on a Bike was coming FAST and not turning. Mac Truck on Bike hits 4x4 runner, OUCH! We passed barely avoiding a collision. Next up a Girl with swinging arms. She was walking, but her arms were running and running HARD!! So WEIRD!! I guess she burns more calories that way. The stretch of sidewalk was hot, without thinking I Wet my hair with my water bottle. DER!! I am going to look lovely for my 3:30 meeting, UGH!!! The water felt great for about a second, guess I will grab a water sponge on race day.
My stomach started to CRAMP and I wanted to stop. For once I was happy to reach the stop light and STOP. A nice man walked up, waiting for the light to change he said "How far are you running?" I replied "8 miles today, my legs are still tired from my 20 this weekend," OK I am proud, don't judge. He went on to say that his brother ran Marathon and has been 5 minutes short of qualifying for Boston on a few occasions. The light hit green and I was off..
I looked down at my Garmin and thought that the 5th mile was taking a while... Quickly distracted by a plump Robin with a piece of straw in her beak. She hopped as I ran, once, twice, a third time, then gracefully flew to a nearby branch, oh how I wish I could fly. Another look and still mile 5...WHAT? I talked to the stoplight man and totally forgot to re-start my Garmin.. GOSH darn it, shoot, shucks, of all the stupid! GRRR! Monkeys!
My stomach hurt, I was hot, bummed about my watch, running SLOWLY and having a pity party as two guys ran past. These same 2 men have been running past me since day 1. Back in the day there was no way I could pass them, on a good day now I would TOTALLY leave them in the dust, but this was far from a good day my friends. I relaxed and scurried my way back to my office. You have good runs and bad runs, chalk this one up to the BAD RUN category, but hey I didn't quit and that means something...
The Forecast in BC for Saturday is showers and 66…hmmm maybe I will run at home then go.. Will see plans are still TBD.