- If I sleep in 10 more minutes, I can still make it to the long run on time.
- It won't matter if I miss the warm-up.
- Since I missed the warm-up, I'll just start running with the group for a few minutes, then I'll stop and stretch.
- I feel pretty warmed up. If I don't stop and stretch, I'll be fine.
- I feel pretty good, maybe I'll run 10 miles this morning!
- That tightening in my calf would be happening even if I had stretched before I started running.
- That tightening in my left foot is probably plantar fascia tendon, but if I keep running, it'll stretch out.
- That pain in my ass? Oh that will go away too if I just keep moving.
- I can keep this 10:30 pace for 8 miles.
- 7.82 miles is the same as 8 miles (it is, right?)
The path on the San Diego river...two miles up looking at this, two miles back, two miles up, two miles back.
Other random notes from the morning
- This is the third time I've done the "Marathon Pace Run"...which for those training for the RnR marathon a 2 hour training run that is supposed to be run at marathon pace. My decision this morning was to make it a 1:30 hour 1/2 marathon training run. We started at Hospitality Point and ran inland on the San Diego Riverbed for 2 miles, then turned around and ran back 2 miles, then turned around - 2 more miles, etc, etc, etc. In the past, the most exciting part of the run would be to see "friends" on the turnarounds.
- Despite the lack of heffer-runners to keep me entertained, the run was nowhere near as difficult for me this year as it has been in the past. The first year I did it, I think I went out far too fast and struggled after the 4th mile, and got lapped by a guy in an Elvis suit. Last year, I was on the injury circuit and had a pretty bad cold to boot, so although I was happy with last year's run, I do remember it being a challenge. In fact, this year I thought that the two mile turnarounds came up pretty quickly.
- Irene demanded Percoset (or some other pain killer) as I ran past her.
- Although I had no pain killers, I did have some bandaids, which I gave to Michael (Irene's hubby) for some blisters he felt he was getting from his new Asics.
- After 8 miles (OK...after 7.82 miles), I decided I'd had enough, although for the most part, this was entirely mental. I had decided pretty early on that I'd do only four laps, so when I got to the turnaround, I walked down to the toilets, did some business there, and then walked back to the car. I mostly feel bad about this because I didn't say goodbye to Irene.
Proof that I was on the riverbed...and WTF am I doing with my right hand? It almost looks like its poised and ready for a mimosa doesn't it...
BTW...Nike announced this week that the lottery for the Nike Women's Marathon and 1/2 is opening April 5... The herd is making plans to enter as a group again. Hopefully we'll get in this year.
I do want to send some shout-outs and mojo (not that he needs it) to Glenn who is running the LA Marathon tomorrow morning and to Penny (who had a tough week, and who may need it) who is running the NYC 1/2 Marathon tomorrow also...and to everyone else who is running in either of those (or other) races. Have a great time!