Reflections from a Long Run

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When you run 10 miles on your own, you have plenty of time to think about things. I can’t even imagine what it would be like on a 20 mile run!

Mile 1: I’m so glad I got out here relatively early. And this is a great place to run (other than the fact that it’s on an incline coming back) — so nice and shady.

Mile 2: OMG, the gnats! Bug spray, an insect repellant buff, and they’re still swarming all over me! What a horrible place to run! How could I forget the gnats? And I can’t find my little tube with my saltstick chews. Thank God I put some in a ziploc just in case I couldn’t get them out.

Mile 3: Thank God it was only that mile. I don’t remember how far the path goes — will I have to run the gnat swarm more than once? Please, God, no! But oh, there is that tube with the chews! I put it in that pocket last night. D’oh!

Mile 4: This really is such a nice place to run. So nice and shady. No river like Corning, but the shade!

Mile 5: This path is almost as bad as Corning with all the bumps and ridges just waiting to take me down. It’s as bad as a trail but not as interesting!

Mile 6: Was 40 ounces enough water? Am I going to run out? What about after the run — will I have any left?

Ewww!

Mile 7: How did I miss that chair by the side of the path on the way out? Did somebody throw it out? Why would you lug it to a path? Did somebody put it there for when they got tired?

Mile 8: No gnats! Hallelujah! I probably should have run the other way first; maybe I would have missed them altogether. Do I have any water left in the bladder?

Mile 9: Okay, those rice crispy like things I made with the pretzels — just no. They get all kind of sticky and melty and they are not doing it for me. Good thing I fed most of them to Mr. Judy for breakfasts. I ran past Forrest Gump! Seriously, I ran past someone! That doesn’t happen all that often for me, not when running by the “serious” runners, anyway (no idea if this guy is a serious runner or not but hey, I ran past him and he never caught up with me!).

Mile 10: I don’t know why I ran that one mile so slowly. And it was downhill, too. Why does it seem there’s always one mile that’s super slow for no particular reason. Hey, I made it through ten miles without taping my knees and everything feels okay. Have I ever done that before? I’m done! I get to eat my pie bite now!

 

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

coachescornerTalk to me:

What do you think about on solo long runs?

Are you tickled when you run by someone on a long run or is that just me?

Are you obsessed by food and hydration while running?

 

20 thoughts on “Reflections from a Long Run

    1. Oh yes, I’ve definitely seen the one shoe (just today, as a matter of fact) and also the one sock, the one glove . . . and yes, it always makes me go hmmm.

      I don’t listen to anything but my own thoughts!

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  1. Can’t remember my last double digit. Must have been in April. But usually add on to short races.

    I’m into podcasts lately. Love them. Takes my mind off things.

    I don’t hydrate but loop back halfway to my car.

    I obsess about what I’m eating after the run. It’s why I choose a location.

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  2. I usually zone out with my music, so I don’t have that many thoughts. Lately my one thought is how much I hate my water belt since it’s starting riding up. It wasn’t doing that before, so I’m not sure why it’s starting to now.

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    1. I don’t listen to anything — except my thoughts, obviously.

      While I love my hydration vest, the truth is I have multiple ways I carry water. It all depends on the run.

      The one way I no longer carry water is with a belt, though. I got tired of the bounding and the chafing.

      Could you have lost weight? Or inches? Need to tighten it?

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  3. Lol, you have nice thoughts. Mine border on the 4-letter variety when I start to hit mile 9. During my longer runs, I don’t want to be inside my head, so I had to start listening to podcasts. It helps me to concentrate on something other than how hard I’m breathing. 😉

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    1. Normally I don’t really worry about the water but it was very humid — oddly enough, I ended up drinking the same amount as my cooler 9 mile run the previous week — so there was plenty of water left over!

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  4. I like to see how long I can go before seeing anyone at all on my long runs. Sometimes I can get a good 5 or more miles in before another soul is out. I too am always grateful to get in as may miles as possible before the sun starts beating me down.

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