This week in Hal Higdon's intermediate marathon training, we are scheduled to run another 20 mile run. Unfortunately the weather map looks like this for the rest of the week:
So, in order to not have to run a 20 miler inside (or outside in rain/snow and 30 degree temperatures), I switched the 20 miler to today. Because I hadn't realized how quickly the weather would change, I had not carbo-loaded in anticipation for this run. Far from it. But I grabbed some Gatorade and a powerbar and set out.
The wind was a lot stronger than I had expected it to be, so I changed my plan quickly. I started out running NW to St. Marys, after a mile, I turned back and ran straight west. After the turn-around, I headed south on the Miami-Erie Canal path. That was a nice change of pace, especially running on grass instead of asphalt. I ran on that for a mile and then doubled back and headed home. Once I made it home (the 12 mile mark), I changed my socks and shirt, refilled my Gatorade bottle, and chugged a Mountain Dew. Yeah, I know, it sloshed around a little. But that was OK. In the long run (hahaha, I crack myself up) it was fine.
The second trip out was "only" 8 miles. I took the same trip, minus the first spur and once I got to the canal trail, I turned directly then (instead of going past it 1 1/2 miles and turning back). Along the way back, I was thinking such things as "why was it, again, that I do this to myself?" (maybe because I like the challenge and because I like the results) and "the human body wasn't made for this kind of abuse" (it must be; otherwise we wouldn't be physically able to do it).
But I finished. After teasing Homer a little bit (I asked him how far he'd ridden his bike today, and he admitted that he hadn't ridden it at all - he said it's no fun riding in the wind. But he rode 27 miles yesterday. I told him that I had run 20, and that he should have taken advantage of the weather, as he's calling for apocolyptic weather over the next few days).
A good result was that during this whole run, I remained unchafed. Baby powder + Underarmor underwear + Champion shorts = a good combination