Leave it to Biddi to talk me into a long run today. I'm not sure if I should thank her or curse her. For now, I'll settle on thanking her. She was doing 16 miles but I committed to a minimum of 8 with a chance for 12. While I ended up going over 12, it wasn't all with her.
I started at Mile 4 on the trail and since she wasn't there, I ran down to meet her. Turns out I ran to Mile 3 and saw her. Perfect timing for my OCD needs to keep my mileage splits even. From there we headed down to Mile 8 and went a tad further to reach the road. Then we turned around and ran back to Mile 4 on the trail where I had parked and I agreed to go one additional mile with her before turning around. That left her to run the final three by herself (which she survived) and left me one mile to walk back to my car.
Along the way I saw a couple walking before I met then we saw two other runners out on the trail. Aside from that the run was pretty tame. We had some talkative moments and some silent moments. We kept a pretty good pace of 5 minutes running and 2 minutes walking. That left us with roughly 12:45 minute miles with a few that were a tad longer because of equipment breaks and the gun range bypass.
Temps started out around 35F and finished around 55F. Sun was out in full. Wind was moderate at about 20 mph.
Fluids and Fuel:
Breakfast was two apple turnovers and an iced coffee. During the run I had most of the water in my hydration pack, a bottle of Hammer Fizz, and a mini-flask of Hammer Perpeteum. For the final two miles I had just a bottle of Hammer Fizz. Recovery was Hammer Recoverite followed by a salad, jalapeno poppers, and an iced latte.
Aches and Pains:
My ass hurt. Specifically my ass hole. I swear it feels like I got fucked in the ass last night but I'm pretty sure I didn't. I mean, I didn't even have anything to drink. My right foot also hurt a bit but nothing specific. I started cramping up a bit in the the last few miles but I know that was from lack of electrolytes. I also had some chafing in an uncomfortable spot for the last mile. No idea how that happened.
Wore thermal shirt, long sleeve shirt (that came off at the halfway point), and vest. Wore my Salomon hydration pack. Wore shorts, pants, and gaiters. Wore gloves and a hat (that came off after a few miles).
Codename - Trail Tail
Some spouses don't understand that a running partner isn't a sexual partner. Yes, there may be some sort of emotional or psychological bond between running partners, but that doesn't mean they're sexually attracted to each other. So while I enjoy getting hot and sweaty with Tab in the woods, we keep our clothes on while we do it. Wait, that last part didn't sound right.....
Mile 1 - 13:00
Mile 2 - 12:44
Mile 3 - 12:43
Mile 4 - 12:31
Mile 5 - 14:48 (gun range bypass)
Mile 6 - 14:20 (equipment check)
Mile 7 - 12:42
Mile 8 - 15:50 (gun range bypass)
Mile 9 - 12:44
Mile 10 - 14:38 (equipment change)
Mile 11 - 12:01
Mile 12 - 18:25 (my fat ass walk back to the car)
Finish - 2:49:48