Dogs take each moment at a time and enjoy it; they don't hold grudges; they are everyone's best friend. Dogs savor the simple things in life--a walk in the neighborhood, a pat on the head, a quiet moment in nature. Humans should take a lesson from this and take the time to enjoy the simple things that make up our every day.
Anyway, on Monday I earned the nickname. I took a wrong turn on my long run and ended way off course. Truth is that it added a lot of hills and a couple of extra miles, but it was worth it in the end. Seriously, when I crested the hill and saw where I was I laughed out loud. I knew I was a long way from where I meant to be, but it was just funny. I took a quick break at the Y and refilled my water. Then I headed back out to the one road I was trying to avoid--Elwert. Up and down and more ups and downs. And there is very little shoulder. And busier than I like. Oh well... I ended up meeting up with my husband as he finished his round of golf. That kept me from another couple of miles and a big hill!
The morning started with hubby driving me to the Mountain View cemetary. My route started with a quick visit with my mom. From there I headed toward home. A gentle downhill for nearly a mile. Then came the HILL--2.5 miles with an average 4.8% grade and a max of 7%. Yes, I planned it that way!
Visiting my mama
I approached the entire route with the intention of maintaining effort. If that meant walking some of the hill then so be it. And so it was. Yet when I walked, I did not stroll, I kept it moving. It was hard, but so much fun. I remembered to look back a few times and enjoy the view as well as patting myself for working hard. It was beautiful up in the hills. I love running on narrow country roads where I hardly see another person and get stared at by cows. From there is was a long down hill followed by a lot of rollers. My splits were all over the place, but effort was consistent. My slowest mile was 12:35 and fastest was 8:37.
Looking back gave me the confidence to move forward.
I ended with just over 14.5 miles in 2:25 (9:56 average). I truly loved almost every minute of the run. Mentally, I focused well, switching internally and externally. Even with the wrong route negativity did not enter the run. There are good runs and bad runs. Then there are runs that remind you why you put your shoes and get out the door. This was one of those runs. It reminded me how strong I am mentally and physically. It reminded me that I can do what I set out to do.