Nice day, no wind, testing new gloves and running past many many men.
Internal dialogue included...
-Set out trying to find a good 6.2 mile route. "Think I will just run comfortable and not worry about my pace."
-Pass guy with floppy hair sprinting across the 3 lane road. "I think that hair would be annoying. Reminds me I want to rent Prefontaine and buy books related to Eugene running."
-Dude wearing sunglasses and over sized knee brace smiles, waves and scoots on his way "Ouch I remember those days, so uncomfortable to run with a knee brace, poor guy." (FYI I tore my ACL senior year in college and have 2 surgeries to repair).
-Redhead sporting the Capital City Half race long sleeve shirt ZOOMS by "I keep meaning to talk to that guy. I see him all the time. I wonder what his pace is? Doubt I could keep up. I love that shirt need to wear mine, funny that guy was using the thumb holes." (FYI shirt is green-layer (HERE), the green-layer folks are AWESOME, more on them soon).
-Stride past Jack in the Box, Wendy's and Taco Bell "I would much rather be in my car in the drive through line than running right now." FAIL!!
-Older gentle man with heavyset trainer (?) jog by "That pair always confuse me, I think the older guy may have hired the younger as a running coach? Hmmm.. The trainer(?) sort of looks like a heavier version of John Gosselin. Lordy why did I think that name? It has been at least a week since I have heard that name on the radio."
-Two SHORT guys dart by without even a look my direction "Those are the DORKS who ran me off the sidewalk when I was just starting to run and 210lbs. No time for even a courtesy wave, still dorks I see."
-Look at watch 8:35 pace "How in the heck am I going to run over 26 miles at 8:20 pace? I really am not sure it is possible. Maybe if I lose 10 pounds or get bionic shoes. This is hard." FAIL!!! (Negative self-talk more than likely due to PMS)
-Starting to lose speed I look ahead, just under the overpass is a SHADY looking guy wearing a backpack, squatting against the fence. "Maybe I should turn round. No I am OK, I really want to go that way. It is my favorite route along the river and I have 2 miles to go." Guy stands up and takes a swig of a 40 ounce blue can. "Melanie turn around now!! You do not want to know what he is up to!!" SPRINT away and do no look back, heart pounding. UGH!!
-Out and back past the Taco Bell, Wendy's and Jack in the Box "This was not how this run was supposed to go!!"
****And that is how it went… Gosh I hope my running partners Alex or Zen Runner will be ready to run next week. If not I am going to latch on to one of the non-shady guys and make him my buddy.
-This morning LONG run with Fleet Feet Training group, my RBF (Running bandit friend) Zoe and hopefully Sam the Eagle.