There’s something about running a brand new route that makes the miles go by super fast. That’s how the 10-miler with Heather was last week.
This week, not so much. We still had fun, but since we did the route we just ran seven days ago, it wasn’t the same adventure. We both noticed that the first five miles were not the blur they were last Sunday.
We decided a few days ago that we would meet at 7 this morning, so I made a pre-run to-do list again to help keep me on track. I even made a PB&J last night and put it in the fridge to take along with me for a post-run snack. Last week, I’d forgotten to do this and I was STARVING by the time I got home.
by accident, but I love it. Jelly loves peanut butter! So true.
I wore my ski jacket again even though I have a brand new running-in-the-rain jacket just sitting at REI waiting for me to pick it up. I wished I had it this morning.
Heather and I took things slow and talked most of the way. The one thing I don’t like about this route on the Cedar River Trail is the section along the river that goes under several bridges right down at water level. It’s pretty, but scary.
Last week, we had to take a detour around one bridge when we couldn’t tell what the two dark figures underneath it were up to. This time, we came upon four men, probably in their early 20s, just hanging out under a different bridge. We just looked right at them, wished them a good morning and kept going, but we had to kind of psych ourselves up as we approached them. Then, on the way back (around Mile 6, I think), we ran past the two homeless men we detoured around last week under the first, dark bridge.
I’m probably just paranoid, but since we are women, I get suspicious in these types of situations. I think the fear comes from reading too many scary stories on the wire back when I worked at a newspaper. I wonder if men experience this feeling at all when they run.
Anyway, Heather and I chatted nearly the entire run. It really helps pass the time and makes the whole experience a lot of fun. At Mile 5, I took a picture of an airplane…again (what is my obsession?), we ate our energy chews (I had Honey Stingers), stretched and drank some water.