It’s the last day of the month so I thought I’d finish it with a bang.
I’m doing a lot of work on the house at the moment, so I wanted to ensure that I had enough energy left after my run to actually achieve some things today; therefore I chose to run a mid-distance, eighteen mile route.
The Perkiomen Trail was beautiful this morning with a temp in the low 70s. The humidity, however, was close to 100%. I was essentially dripping with sweat within a mile. It is a shame that water weight doesn’t count as weight-loss. 🙂
The trail greeted me with many wild animal sightings in the first mile: a doe and her fawn, a fox, a groundhog, some rabbits, a buck and then a heron.
Clearly I hit that perfect time in the early morning when they are all about the business of getting breakfast. Silflay was the word used in Watership down, I believe.
It was quite busy out for being so early. At one point (around mile five) I passed the chap that overtook me a couple of weeks ago. He was sitting resting so it didn’t count. But, he did start heading my direction.
I stopped to clear some branches from the trail and glanced behind me about a mile further up the trail and, sure enough, there he was stalking me.
Not again, my friend. Not again!
As it happens I could see another runner in the distance and decided I’d use him as my quarry. I increased my pace to pass him.
It took me close to a three-quarters of a mile to catch up with him. He said he was doing five miles out and about to hit his turn around. This was now about mile eight and I decided I’d do another mile before turning.
Determined not to be passed now that I had no direct target before me, I tried a few tricks to help keep my pace up:
- Light on my feet
- Pushing back as if on a skateboard
- Standing straight
- Powering with my arms
- Engaging my abs.
It seemed to work as I reached nine miles without being hunted down.
This list reminds me that my LumoRun is supposed to arrive this week. A cool new gadget to test out. 🙂
Once I started heading back down the trail I saw him about half a mile back. Clearly I’d actually be putting more distance between us. Yes!
The rest of my run was at a more relaxed pace as I took in the lovely scenery and feed across the river.
I stopped to refill my water bottle with two miles to go. The humidity was really oppressive by this point and I was looking forward to the bottle of Gatorade that awaited me in my car.
I was basically out of running juice by this time and jogged at a slower pace for the remainder.
The Gatorade was like nectar and I had soon consumed the entire bottle.
Now, sitting eating my well-earned lunch on the last day of the month I thought I should check-out my annual mileage thus far.
Today’s run pushed me upto 156.07 miles for the month and to a total of 921 miles for the year. My second biggest month of the year thus far (March = 170).
I got a text from my friend that I train with and he said he managed to do 116.5 miles this month which is his highest ever. Having a dog to run with twice a day is really ramping up his mileage and helping him shed some extra pounds.
Now I need to get back home and carry on decorating my garage. Some patches to smooth off on the wall and then to put a second coat of primer on to drown out the brown (why’d they choose brown?) drywall.
My wife is away at the moment but had this t-shirt shipped to me. Funny.
Living the dream, man.
Living. That. Dream.