It helps that I had an exact route planned for my 13.1 and it started/stopped at my house. Typically once I'm out the door, baring extreme circumstances, when I say I'm going so far or on a certain route I stick to it. While en route I might mentally try to talk myself into cutting it short or going this way instead of that, but I usually just keep on going with what I had planned. I had plenty of reasons to change routes, especially on some really tough stretches when I was running head strong into the wind. I'm not talking some warm breeze either. It felt ice cold and I had to bear down and push hard to keep going even at times where I felt like I was running in place. Knowing I would be dealing with the wind I planned my route around those areas. I had plenty of other places where I was protected from the wind or had it to my back. The sun was also strong and it felt good shining on my face.
All in all I felt pretty good. Not my fastest time, but not too shabby either. One race down 2 (maybe 3) more to go, probably next week. You can still sign up and join the Jelly Bean fun! Let me know if you do!
2. Last weekend when I ran with Amy we logged many miles along The Constitution Trail that goes in & around Bloomington-Normal. What an awesome trail! I don't want to be discontent with what I do have where I live, but it pales in comparison. (We have a 2.5 mile trail along Lake Storey, better than nothing, I guess.) Something else I saw all around were several large groups of people running. Also, lots of liquid fuel (water, Gatorade, Powerade, etc....thing to keep you hydrated) was stashed every mile or so along the way. I've heard of running/training groups like this, it's just not the norm around where I live. (Technically I belong to the Muscatine Running Friends, but I don't live there so don't routinely run with them.) We used to have it, like 15 years ago or so, but that died down and I know Go Outside and Play is trying to revive the concept again. It was still amazing to see so many people out and about running & training.
Since Amy & I ended up going a little farther than planned we became thirsty. We DID try and use a park fountain, but it did not work. We just needed a little something to wet our whistle and hold us over until we finished. We weren't dying and it wasn't 100 degrees out, but still, after an hour of running you need something. We (it was really Amy's idea, but since I participated I will take
We sure are thankful for that little bit of water. Amy later (jokingly?) said she felt guilty so she might go volunteer at a race the group sponsors or something along that line to pay back what we took. So I'm just curious, what do you think about what we did? Was it ok? Completely wrong?
3. I knew, just knew, that someone would comment about yesterday's post and let me know they are in fact NOT a runner. Even before I posted it I actually had my daughter in mind. Yes, I have off spring (probably switched at birth) who has NOTHING to do with running. When I ask her to run to the store, or run upstairs or do anything that contains the word run, she always responds with "do I have to run?" Siiiigh! Okay, so yes, despite my words of encouragement that the post was for EVERYONE I know that not everyone chooses to run. In many cases, said person is still very fit and active. That really is the big picture to me. Doing what works best for YOU! I enjoy and get happy with anyone who is seeking physical fitness in many ways, shapes & form. While my daughter may "never" run, she can sure dance circles around me for hours on end. She does her thing, I do mine. (Although, I'm secretly praying she's a later in life runner!)
I am still a firm believer that our bodies were uniquely made for running. YES, YOU WERE MADE FOR RUNNING! Even more broadly though, we were made to be physically fit & active. So, I'm not going to fuss and worry if you don't choose running for any number of reasons. Or if your way of running is what I consider my way of walking. You are out there, you are doing it and bettering yourself and your body! So if you want a sticker like this....