Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Fa, a long long way to run...
[This song came on my music player early in the run and always makes me smile. I also love listening to "I have Confidence" when I'm running on the trails by myself. Julie Andrews is wonderful!]
Well, I met my plan and did the 20 miler today, which made me happy :) I decided that I just couldn't do another 'cougar watch' trail run, as I was just tired of constantly worrying, so I went *gasp* to the road!
I haven't done a road run in ages, and it reminded me of the good and the bad. It was much more mentally easier, just in terms of feeling like I was never isolated or exposed. However, it was weird to have so many people around! I definitely felt visible and that was sort of an odd thing. I missed being able to sort of dance to my music and sing :D. That flies when you're alone on trails, but on a public street its a little weird (though the slogan here is "keep santa cruz weird" so I guess I'd just be doing my part!)
Anyways, I ran from home down to the ocean and did the half marathon loop down there. I planned to run back, but cheated, because I didn't want to run all the way up to campus (there's significant elevation gain, uphill the last 3 miles) It would also have meant that I'd have done closer to 23 miles, which I didn't want to do (I was admittedly tired. My legs were sore from yesterday and probably Friday, and I only got about 5 hours of sleep the night before, and did a half day of student teaching. I just wanted a 'lazy' run). So, I just ran around downtown to get the number to 20 miles after my loop and then treated myself to a Jamba juice and a bus ride back home :)
The run, still, was just gorgeous, which is the nice thing about street running here. And I did do about 2 1/2 miles on trails, so it wasn't all pavement. The bay looked spectacular and there were truly breathtaking views to be had. I also got a view of nude men playing beach games, which made my run a bit more interesting. Gotta love the anything goes additude of Santa Cruz ;). (Disclaimer, these men were far down on a cove beach and I didn't see too much as I wasn't looking closely, just a passing glance that revealed, well, the lack of a swimsuit or anything else! I wasn't running near them or anything)
So, now no more long runs until Big Basin. Didn't try the carb drink like I planned today as I was just too tired to go to the store, but I'll make sure I have some for the 50k, which I think will be a good place to try it out. I think otherwise this week I'll do 3-4 miles Wednesday (Track practice) and then I'm thinking 7 for Thursday, with Friday and Saturday off (I want a little taper...) then racing Sunday and perhaps a medium long run monday to do a back to back. We'll see!