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Running Solo

Saturday morning I wanted to bang out my long run before we left for vacation. I was scheduled to run 16 miles. I knew exactly where I had to run to get the miles done. I started out around 7am and was feeling good but not great. It was already pretty darn hot at 7am. I took a slat stick cap after running for about 30 minutes. I was keeping a good pace of about 8:30 per mile. Once I had been running for 60 minutes I ate my first clementine.

I'm hooked on running with clementines now. So much so that I upset when I realized there were not any at the Food Lion here in Willimasburgh. After my first clementine I was feeling good but not for long. I was sweating a lot so I went to grab a second salt stick cap. They were gone. I knew I had packed 3 or 4 to hold me over for a 16 mile run. At this point I became obsessed with finding them on the ground. I was running a loop so I was pretty determined to find these little treasures. After running for about 3 additional miles feeling like a straight tweaker I found one!! I was so excited I said Oh yes thank God and a hiker on the path was looking at me like I was nuts while I picked up this pill from the trail and popped it in my mouth. About 15 feet later I found a second pill and stashed that in my pack for later. 

Finding that cap really lifted my spirits around mile 10 but I still had another 6 miles to run. I was lonely and wishing I had a running buddy. There was not even many other runners or hikers out on the trail. I tend to get very mental while running alone. Around mile 14 I was really trashing myself and doubting my ability to run a race that is still 60+ days away. I know not all of my training runs will be great. I did not meet by goal of 16 but I came pretty close. I must have mis-judged my turning point. When I got back  near my house my husband and daughter passed me in the car and at the point I just wanted to go home rather than run another .6 of a mile. 


  1. Ha ha, that must have been a strange thing for a hiker to see. Did you explain what you were doing, or did they just think some crazy person was eating stuff they found on the ground?

    1. He now thinks runners are especially crazy.


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