The run was HARD. It was only four miles, and the weather wasn't too bad, but I was huffing and puffing. My legs felt week, and all I wanted to do was stop. I kept wishing for a SAG stop (Support And Gear), but alas this green-way didn't seem to have a SAG crew. My pace started slow and kept slowing down, and as I worked I tried to think of why things were so hard.
First, I had not fueled well at all. You know how they say you should never go to a grocery store hungry? Well, yesterday I not only went to the store hungry, I went with the sole purpose of picking up some snack foods for our car trip. I wanted dinner, and I should have grabbed some sushi or something satisfying, so I wouldn't have been so ravenous, but I did not do that. Instead, I grabbed pretzel M&Ms, Twizzlers, and potato chips. I also grabbed some crackers, but I never touched those. In addition to all that junk food, Hans and I stopped at Wendy's on the way down. Yeah, I ate a bunch of crap. I did have some cherries last night and a banana this morning, but that didn't quite make up for all that sugar. I don't think I'll do that again.
Second, I was at a higher elevation. I had never thought about it before, and I didn't think about it this time until after the run, but we're about 600 feet higher. That makes a big difference. Either way, I was really having a tough time.
In the end, though, my times weren't too bad. I ran at a 10:10 min/mile, but I had to push to get that. Yay for fartleks! Afterwards, Cody and I stretched out, I dumped some water on his head, and we went home. All in all, a good day.
|Out on a run.|
|Is it over yet?|
|Hydration is important for both people and dogs.|
|Stretch! Doesn't he look happy?|