Long run day! One of two before the big day...half marathon!!!
I had a 9 mile run scheduled, so off I went first thing Sunday morning.
I took to the trail at about 6:45.
The plan was to park at Peak Performance....run 2.5 miles one way, and then back.....stop at the car to refill the water bottle, shed my headlamp, stretch, then go 2 miles the other direction and back.
I had the trail to myself. All to myself. No one was around. No one.
It was a little spooky to be running through the middle of town, and see no one.
At one point a guy on his bike came up behind me. He was so quiet, and I nearly jumped out of my skin when he announcing "on your left!"
(I gripped my pocket knife a little tighter for a while after that.)
About 2 miles into the run, I noticed something black in the middle of the path. The closer I got, the more I figured it was an animal....cat, raccoon, or skunk.
"please may it not be a skunk, please may it not be a skunk, please may it not be a skunk"
Finally it stood up and turned towards me. Cat!
It went to one side of the path so I could pass...but before I got there, it ran across the path in front of me to the other side.
It's a good thing I consider black cats crossing my pass good luck, or a piano would have fallen from the sky right then and there!!!!
At 2.5 miles into the run, I was scheduled to turn around....but the end of the trail was up about another 1/4 of a mile...so I figured I'd run to the end (my OCD kicking in) and turn around there.
I made it back to the car in relatively good time...except the return trip was .25 miles shorter than the trip out.
What is up with that?????
I stopped at my car, refilled my water bottle, took off the headlamp, blew my nose (stupid allergies)...and headed south to finish the last 4 miles of my run..
30 minutes later.....
"How can I JUST be finishing two miles now???? That's 15 minute miles, and I'm running for crying out loud!!!!!"
I finally turned around and headed back to the car.
Once there, it told me I'd ran a total of 8.75 miles.
Whoa! Hang on just one second!! I've been out here for just over 2 hours.....granted, five minutes were spent at my car at the halfway point...but STILL!!!!
I know I'm a slow runner, but that's ridiculous!!!
On the last 4 miles of my run, I started paying closer attention to my watch. It's one of those that hooks up to the nike sensor that's in my shoe.
I noticed for two minutes it said I wasn't moving.....and for three minutes it said I was going at an 18 minute mile pace.
I was running the entire time.
Something's not right here.
I KNOW, I mean, my body KNOWS that it rain further than 8.75 miles today!!!!!
I got home and logged on to my computer. After mapping the route, I found not only did I run my full 9 miles....I actually ran 11.57!!!!
Nearly 3 miles further than I was supposed to!
It was then that I took the watch, and threw it across the room.
The action may have been childish, but it felt good!
So there you have it, my 9 mile run, that turned into almost 12. I accidentally ran 2.5 miles further than I was supposed to.
Accidentally ran....now that's something I never thought I'd hear myself saying! :-)