I’ve been trying all day to think of something profound to say about the 4th of July (don’t feel right calling it Independence Day after that dumb movie) (oh, it was entertaining enough,don’t hate on me if it’s your favorite piece of cinema; let’s not get distracted by what was only a parenthetical comment after all). And now I realize that because of the weird time setting on my WordPress page, it is now the fifth of July. I can do up a quick Running Commentary on this morning’s jaunt and hit Publish in time to get to the cookout at my sister’s house.
I hadn’t even meant to do a running commentary, although it would be appropriate for me to go All Boilermaker All The Time at this point. After all, the race is one week from tomorrow. I need to start hydrating and obsessing or I’ll never be ready. That said, I kind of think I am ready. I’m just afraid to say it too loudly and jinx myself (perhaps I should have put it in a parenthetical comment).
Be all that as it may, I missed my run yesterday due to a dreadful headache and bad reaction to the drugs that were supposed to help. I got up at 3:30 this morning, because of my husband’s work. I figured I could hydrate and perhaps have a little something to eat, then run at twenty after six, when he left for work. I drank water. I ate a piece of whole wheat toast with cottage cheese. This was going to be great.
It was actually 6:25 when I set out. I had dithered when deciding which way to go. I wanted hills, but which ones? Main Street? Steuben? Up to the college? When I had asked Steven earlier, he didn’t know what to tell me so finally said, “Run in the suburbs.” For those just tuning in, the suburbs is what I call a residential area beyond Valley Health Services. They have some pretty good hills there.
So up the hill by Valley Health I went. Only I didn’t feel like running the same route I ran last time. I wanted something different, so I took a different turn. Hmm, that was no hill. I kept running, looking for a hill I hadn’t run. Soon I found myself near Lou Ambers Drive. Oh, to heck with it. I went to Lou Ambers and on up to Herkimer College.
I forgot to mention that I was running with a bottle of water in my hand. I had debated whether or not to do this (so many decisions for one run!). After all, I wasn’t sure how long I would run for. I don’t need water for anything under 40 minutes. Additionally, I was running in the general vicinity of the spring. I could stop and catch a sip there. Then again, after yesterday’s headache, I really wanted to stay hydrated. A final factor was that it was cooler out than it had been. Who wants to stick their hands in the cold spring water when it’s only 45 degrees out?
I don’t know that it was actually 45 degrees out, but it was cool enough that the hand holding the bottle was damn uncomfortable. Well, one must put up with these things. It was nice to take the occasional sip. As I ran up and around the campus, I paid attention to the water level, planning to run to the spring for a re-fill. Or should I skip the re-fill and just run home? Did I really need more water? If dithering burned calories, I would have no weight problems whatsoever.
This whole time I was debating how long to run for. I had run an hour and twenty minutes at my last long run a week ago. I was considering doing an hour an a half as my last long run before the Boilermaker. Could I make that? Of course I could, but did I want to? How tired would I be as the day wore on? Would my muscles be sore? My knees? I repeat my observation about dithering and calories.
I refilled the water and tried to talk myself into an hour and a half. I could do it. I would do it. As I continued to run, I realized just one little problem with staying completely hydrated on a long run. I had to pee. Oh dear. Maybe if I stopped drinking more water and kept running I could sweat it out.
Astute readers will may noticed that I have yet to mention my legs complaining or my breathing being a problem. Well, that was the truly delightful thing about the run. I started out feeling a little grumpy, wondering what had possessed me to register for a 15K and promising myself I would never have to do it again. I was soon pumping along with almost no problem. Of course going uphill was still an effort. I did not mind it being an effort. At one point I met two women running in the opposite direction.
“Isn’t this GREAT?” I called to them.
One laughed and the other said, “Yes, it is!”
I don’t suppose I need to tell you that I did make it for an hour and a half. My bladder even cooperated, although after a ten-minute cool-down walk I was JUST in time to the bathroom (sorry if that gave you an unfortunate mental image).
And now I see I have written quite a long blog post about it. Sorry if I rambled on. Now I must hurry and get ready for the cook-out. After all, it’s still the 4th here. Hope you’re enjoying yours.