Hello everyone and Happy Sunday!
Can we all just say it? It’s taper time baby!!!
T – A – P – E – R…such a lovely word. It means that the hard training for an upcoming run is through and it’s time to slow down, listen to the body and reflect about the upcoming race. Okay, maybe that’s just a bit too Zen..but it sure sounds good.
Event status update:
I finally heard back, but to be honest all I have to go on is, yes you’re registered and more information will be coming. Hmmmm…. I mean the organizer has been nice an all, but could this be any more laid back? Maybe this is how they do things in the “Kingdom” as they say. I was told that I could sign in and pick up a T-Shirt on Saturday…uh okay. Where? No address. I mean ~ throw me a bone man. Grid coordinate? Smoke signal? Anything. Map? The last words were, “if you need anything give me a holler”. I know where the race is starting and the time and that’s about it for now. Don’t you just love surprises? I mean, truly this will be one for the books I’m sure!
The temps at the beginning of the week were fairly hot and dry. Towards the end of the week I could feel Fall just trying to take hold. I don’t know about you, but I love the changing of the seasons. There is something to celebrate about each one.
I did a 3 and 5 mile run during the week and decided to complete my long run on Sunday. Of course during the week it was nice and dry and today, well….it was raining. The temperature was 60 when I got to the trail, but the rain! It wasn’t a sprinkle either, it was squishy shoe running weather. Do I have any rainy day runners out there? I love running in the rain. I could have taken it inside, but the bottom line is the weather for the half might be rainy as well and what better way to train, then real time. Sometimes you just got to do it.
I didn’t get out to the trail until 10 am this morning and much to my delight there weren’t any runners. I had the trail to myself, at least for a while. A few cyclists and a couple of runners. The big disappointment was the iPod wasn’t working! I know there are people who never run with music. They say it will mess with your cadence. I know this is true! Sometimes when a fast song comes on I speed up! I have tried to run without music, but I find it’s just more enjoyable for me to run with music. I was ready to go and the darn thing seems to have crapped out! Yikes! I was really disappointed. Not only was I going to run the whole 10 miles in the rain, but without music too! Crikey! The first five miles were decent feeling miles. No pain and a good even flow. There is this wooden plank bridge around mile 2.5 that crosses a marshy area. It was spooky with the rain and being alone. I won’t lie, I was looking around making sure there weren’t any “creatures” hiding in the swamp! Maybe alligators. I just looked it up…they say some people have seen them here in Virginia, could be climate change. You’re Googling right now aren’t you? Hey, you never know. My last five miles weren’t too bad. A little bit of touch and go but over all decent. My pace for this run was 11:43. Not bad and I will do better. Just think The Little Engine that Could! I think I can, I think I can. I did pick up new water belt (Nathan™) that was much lighter then my old one. I’m not into carrying my water bottle in my hand.
New water belt
I’m ready for my next run on 30 September. I am almost at my halfway point with 19.17 miles left. I have finished 5638.33 miles in my quest with 5676.67 graciously awaiting. I like the word quest. It’s so, Knights of the Round Table sounding. I hope this post finds you with Fall in your heart ~ brilliant colors of red, brown and orange dancing around and filling up your senses. Happy Miles to You!!
Although a little dark, this song sums up today’s run nicely! “I’m Only Happy When It Rains”…