If you didn’t read my last bitchy post, good for you. I can tell you that I was whining about the fact that I hadn’t ran in almost a week, and blah blah blah.
I wasn’t expecting much out of my run last night. I hadn’t felt good all day, had been stressed about a job interview that I had that day, and was thinking it was going to be a very uncomfortable run. I wasn’t sure how far I was going to run and was just going to see how I felt and go from there.
I got home from work, changed, and headed out at about 5pm. It was getting cold quick so I put on wintry clothes so I wouldn’t get cold. Immediately, I could tell that it was going to be a great run. I can’t remember the last time (or if ever) that I started running and didn’t feel any twinges, soreness, or discomfort somewhere on my body. Nothing. No phantom leg pain either.
I was sailing along the greenway, no headlamp, feeling like I was running in someone else’s body. It has been ages since I’ve felt like that. I almost started to tear up at one point because I’d been longing for that feeling again.
My run would be an out-and-back so I just had to determine when I was going to turn around. When I hit the 4 mile point, going further than that would be the farthest I’ve ever run out on that trail. I’ve biked on it many times but never run that far.
It also starts to get really sketchy from there – some of those characters I’ve blogged about in the recent past. I was equipped with mace so I just went for it. At this point on the trail, I have to cross a street and that’s where the Bear Creek Trail connects to the Platte River trails. You can go for miles and miles. I could easily do an A-B ultra out there. Once I began on the Platte trail, it got REALLY dark. That part of the trail is asphalt instead of concrete so it makes it even darker. I ran by a movie theater, golf course, shops, warehouses, brewery, and over many bridges.
I never run with music so I hear everything. Every little noise. Every little movement. I think my mind starts to play tricks on me so I was running very cautiously, probably why I ran faster than I expected to. I literally had the safety off on the mace and had my thumb rested on it, ready to go if needed. I did hear lots of weird animals sounds and I’m not sure what some of them were. EEK!
I ate a citrus Cliff Shot Blok (those things are AMAZING) around mile 7 and only had my tiny hand-held water bottle. It was plenty enough for that distance. I definitely slowed down going back, because it is a gradual uphill. I was feeling the aches and pains at that point too but I didn’t care.
Mile 10 was the only walk break I took!
With about 2 miles to go, I could see the light of a biker coming up behind me. Then I suddenly heard, “GEEZE! WEAR A LIGHT!” as he almost ran me over. I was a smart-ass and replied with, “No thanks.” The light he had on his bike was very dim and was pointed directly in front of him, so it was a wonder if it was even useful to him. I get the reasoning for wearing a light, safety and all, but I choose not to. I can see better without one and am much more aware of my surroundings. Plus, I feel that I wouldn’t be spotted as easily by creepers who may be looking for trouble. My running. My choice.
One last thing to note was that I had left my really long hair the way I wore it to work, a fish bone braid. This did NOT turn out well. I had kept it tucked into the vest I was wearing so I wasn’t easily identified as a girl out running alone in the dark (I think WAY too much about this stuff). My hair is really fine and started to bunch up. It was a huge, matted rat’s nest by the time I got home. William and I got a nice laugh out of it when I got home. Also, I was FREEZING when I finished and had barely sweated at all. You know it’s cold out if you’re still freezing after 13 miles. I didn’t get warm until I showered.
Besides getting a nice blood blister in the usual spot they pop up, I feel great today and very accomplished! It’s great to get some redemption in just a two hour time period.
The bad/lazy days sure do make the incredible ones feel like an out-of-body experience!
Thanks for reading,