Time goes too fast I noticed as I look back on this weekend. I completed 12 miles early Saturday morning before heading to dog-sit.
I thought I had planned a perfect out-and-back route that involved looping around East Lake. What I had felled to think of was almost a fatal error. Who thinks about Cyotes in a heavily populated area? As we rounded a corner and listened to the ghostly houl that seemed to be on our heels. It came from the lake so between Melissa and myself, the water was maybe 20 – 30 yards away.
Lets just say we sped up a bit. At the first opportunity to cut out I read a sign, “Beware of Cyotes.” It spooked the crap out of me. Lesson learned – think of wildlife when planning routes, especially in nature reserve areas.
After that scare, I remember getting to mile 6 and taking my PowerGel. Vanilla, yum. I gave a running tip learned from last week’s presentation a try. Sixteen ounces of water and a tablet of nuun makes a drink that replenishes the body with electrolytes. I like the idea of getting away from Gatorade and the amount of unnatural things in it. Less is more I have learned.
The new drink was fine. Tasted like 7-Up. It wasn’t all syrupy. Spill a little Gatorade on the hand and I’ll spend the next mile trying to get it off. This was water. Think I fell in love.
After the half-way point the sun began to rise. The mountains were painted into the blue sky. The air stayed cool long enough to get home. This run went rather smoothly. I got home and thought about running an almost half-marathon and feeling relatively good.
Word of Advice: Give some new products a try weeks before a race. I’m hesitant on changing routine. Luckily I have a girlfriend who tires of routine. But the other important part of that statement is the time. Don’t try something new on race day – that’s a must – but routine is important to me. I want to try it more than a few times before I conclude it as a part of my routine.
Get out and fill your passion bucket,