|Forced hubby to snap this after the run|
I passed TriGuru on my way into the park and couldn't believe all of the people. It was a gorgeous day (see I skirted) and there were many families and people with pets out on the trail. For the most part, everyone was friendly enough and considerate.
(BTW: Those who skirt, do you get strange looks? I think I get the worst looks from women... they look me in the eyes, then at my skirt, then back at me... and typically it is NOT a nice look.)
Anyway, TriGuru was right on time and had clocked exactly 4.01 miles - yay! We started on the trail and I just wasn't feeling it. Note: the tuna salad on a cheesy biscuit is not a good carb loader... I felt sick and had already decided that I wasn't going to Gu (I didn't want a repeat of Monday). And to top it off, I was out of Gatorade, so I only brought water with me.... not exactly electrolyte replenishing... but hey, we were only going to do 10.
TriGuru talked (because I begged him too) for most of the run. He has interesting stories and I think he may run dry one day, but he didn't on this run. He wasn't feeling 14 either, so our pace average was around 8:41. I was glad to be done. We passed many people in heavy coats and hats, but it was gorgeous and I shed my long sleeve shirt by mile 4. It felt like Spring was on its way... maybe Punxsutawney Phil will be right this year after all.
And yesterday morning, I was going to give my legs a break and swim... but I wasn't feeling it. After 1100m in 23 minutes, I called it quits (oh, and remind me to tell you about the conversations a girl finds herself in at a pool of "older" women, a Triathlete, and a Wanna-be swimmer).
When I found myself with nothing to do around 2pm, I decided to take Athena for a ride. My "sister", Kirsten (HERE), gave me some great advice. She said that I should take Athena out on my own, where there is no pressure and just ride at my pace, my route, and enjoy it. And do you know what... it was GREAT advice. Not only did I get "seat" time, I did not have any pressure. I did 8.45 miles in 33 minutes. I felt great. And for the record, I KNOW why cyclists DO NOT ride on the trails - it was horrible riding conditions. It is so different when you are running to dodge potholes and debris in your way. I think, despite being afraid of cars, I will be a road cyclist.
And a question for tomorrow's post... how do you toes look? Yeah... mine, not so good!