Last night I got home at midnight from our vacation in Holden Beach, North Carolina. I drove fifteen hours, two of them in a traffic jam FOR NO APPARENT REASON. I needed a run this morning, but I didn't get my act together until about noon. That is when I met Bob.
I had decided to run six miles on the Sand Run path as my "long run" for several reasons: 1) It is close to home, 2)It is shady (and it is HOT today), and 3) I thought the hills would make up for my lack of distance. I am still tired and discombobulated from the drive, so I knew that I had to take care of myself. I chose to drive to my starting point at the opposite end of the path because this gives me a largely downhill run on the second half. I also told myself that I should take it easy on pace, maybe doing an eleven minute mile. That didn't happen.
Around mile two I noticed that I was doing under a ten minute mile, and I thought I had been running more slowly. I started to pass a gentleman ahead of me who was easily running (no gasping or sweating, unlike me), and I thought, "I should really run at his pace," but I didn't. When I got to the three mile marker, I stopped to drink water, and the gentleman came in a few minutes later. He introduced himself (Bob), and asked if he could run at my pace on the way back. Damn. I thought I was going to slow down, but I knew that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to run with someone who seemed to be running so effortlessly, so we took off.
Bob kept me going at about a 9:40 pace for the next two miles, and then I made him slow down in the last mile. He was super-interesting to talk to about marathon training, and he really kept me going on what felt like a pretty tough run. Thanks, Bob! I hope we run together again soon!
One of the reasons I chose to run hills today is because North Carolina was so flat, and I felt like I got increasingly lazy during my runs last week.
|This is the road I usually ran along the beach.|
One day I chose to run barefoot on the beach, and it looked like this:
|Holden Beach. What you can't see are the clam holes in the sand. Very cool.|
All in all, I got in four runs last week, and I think that is pretty good for a vacation.
|This is EXACTLY how I look when I got in four runs on vacation.|