Thursday, May 24, 2012


Today's run helped flush a few things out of my system. Unfortunately not quite enough of the toxins have been evacuated to improve my mood to where I want it to be. But progress is being made.

After dropping the kids off at their respective places, I swapped cars and headed to the trail. Once there I immediately noticed a medium sized turtle in the parking lot. Turns out he was dead. It also turns out he was just the first of many animals I'd see today.

I headed from MM 8.5 down to MM 11.0. About half a mile into my run I realized that I didn't bring any fuel along with me. Which means there wouldn't be any chance of my making it to the 12.5 mile marker like I had hoped to. So instead I sucked it up and carved out some energy to make it to Mile 11 and back.

Normally I say there wasn't much exciting on my run but today was a regular menagerie of animals. I saw two deer from the get-go. Then two more. Then two turtles. Then another turtle. Then a beaver. And some geese. Sheesh. It was a zoo out there.

Outside of the plethora of wildlife, the run was pretty static. Fluids and fueling were in the green. Bathroom breaks where in the yellow (no pun intended). Trail was in the green with a few spots that needed attention.

Temps were about 65F to 70F. Humidity was high because of the recent rain. Sun was out for the most part but was hidden by the trees. No noticeable wind.

Fluids and Fuel:
Breakfast was water, yogurt, and a Wegmans breakfast burrito. During the run I had one bottle of water and one bottle of Hammer Fizz. Recovery was chocolate ZICO.

Aches and Pains:
None to speak of.

No special gear beyond my phone to take pictures with. Although I did use some bug spray to keep the ticks away.

Codename - Vocabulary
I love the word "plethora." I have no idea why. I also like "palindromes" and "ephemera" but that's mostly because I like palindromes and ephemera (look them up if you don't know what they are). So it was with great joy that I could use the word "plethora" in my report today!

Insertion (car to MM 8.5) - 2:25
Mile 1 - 12:21
Mile 2 - 13:43 (includes pee break)
Mile 3 - 16:13 (includes dropping off a MacGuffin)
Mile 4 - 12:28
Mile 5 - 14:07 (includes another pee break and staring at the beaver)
Extraction (MM 8.5 to car) - 3:47
Finish - 1:15:07


Lauren said...

No fuel! You went for a 10+ mile run with no fuel! Just kidding, I do that all the time, which is why I have calories permanently packed in my vest.

Now, let's talk about those turtles. We have no wild turtles in our parts. (My husband says we do, introduced from "the pet trade", BUT I HAVE NEVER SEEN ONE). We have a pet red-eared slider at home, and I love her,though she doesn't know I exist. Needless to say, I am so jealous that you see TURTLES on your run. (I have seen geese and lots and lots of deer on my runs, so that's not as exciting as a turtle!!!)

ps. boo! on the humidity. I'm all for dry heat!! Have a great holiday weekend. : )

Neil Richard said...

In my rush to get out the door, I forgot my gels. Almost ran back to grab a spare that's been in my trunk for 2 years but opted to just keep running.

And we have lots of turtles around hear, mostly box turtles. They freak me out so I do a little dance when I see them and run away quickly. Not quite as afraid of them as snakes, but they're up there on my Freak Out Like A Little Girl list.