Saturday, April 02, 2005

Oops, wrong turn, 29-30K run!

I was up before the sun this morning to do a long run. After a good warmup I left the house about 7 a.m., just as the sun was trying to open its sleepy eyes. The first hour was primarily over my normal route, then I crossed the railroad track (bridge) and ran the Graben Running Club trails for a while. They have a nice 11K trail that I tried to follow, but the don't have it marked very well. Anyway I took a wrong turn and ended up who-know-where, but by the time I got back on the trail and made it back to ms own route, I was already on the run for two hours, 45 minutes - and I still had a half hour to go back to the house. Boy was I glad I had my CamelBak and a couple sports bars with me this morning! I finished with a time of 3:14:43 - I had only planned on a 3 hour run. I estimate that I was running a kilometer in about 6:30 (average), so I am guesstimating that I ran 29-30K, or about 18-181/2 miles. Not bad!

How do I feel? Stiff, really stiff, especially the legs. But, no pulled muscles, thank the good lord for that! I had two breaks of about a minute each, where I walked to eat my sports bars, plus one to answer the call of nature.

Now I am looking forward to brunch, then maybe a short nap. The sun is shining so this afternoon I want to start planting the garden, glad I dug up the beds earlier this week. We are supposed to have temperatures in the 70's, and lots of sunshine. So I wish you all a happy weekend and enjoy your run!

Jon always recommends ice baths for those stiff legs. I haven't been brave enough to try yet, though my bag of frozen peas is always nearby. Glad the sun is out for you!
Nice long run. I always find the stiffness (if that's all it is) goes away after a rest day or a good nap. I'm not brave enough for the ice bath either.
I tried an almost ice cold shower after my run yesterday, this was refreshing. I definetely was awake after that:->
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