The fine people of the Erie Optimist Club are not into procrastinators such as myself. It appears that they closed registration for the Eerie Erie on 9am on Thursday. So shut out of that race I decided to jump one week ahead on my schedule and do the longest run I’d attempt in almost a year.
I was lucky when I woke up this morning to my ideal running weather, sun and a cool 45 degrees. Excited to get out there and enjoy what may be one of the last nice weekends for a while, I headed to MacIntosh.
The first 2.5 miles flew right by. Then I hit the mud on the far side of the lake. It was stuck to my shoes, flinging on the back of my legs and then I almost supermaned right into it. Luckily I somehow caught myself. Phew. That would have ruined my day.
I decided that instead of doing a second lap, I’d just run up to the point where it got muddy and turn around. The people I kept running by over and over must have thought I was crazy, or lost. My iPod was actually turned down just enough to hear one lady mutter that I was showing off. Really? Pretty sure I’m just trying to feel the burn, maybe you should try it and you wouldn’t be so grumpy. Another guy comments in my butt…awkward.
The run felt so good! I did 10:1 min run/walk intervals which was the perfect amount of time for me.
Distance: 7 miles Time: 1:06 Avg.Pace: 9:31 min/miles
My IT band isn’t super happy with me, but that’s ok. I see some foam rolling in my future. Now next weekend instead of worrying about fitting in a long run, I’ll do my 5k after cheering Josh on at his first half!
What’s your favorite time of the year to run? Fall is definitely my favorite. The leaves, the crisp cool air. Yes please.