My long run was solo again this weekend. This was not by choice. My running group was meeting up at the military cemetery this weekend. I got this mixed up with another cemetery and ended up being the “crazy lady” driving around a cemetery with the windows down looking for some girls in running apparel for 15 minutes. I even creeped myself out.
After asking some other runners where the veterans’ cemetery was and driving in the opposite direction than where I was originally going, I FINALLY found it. I was 15 minutes late though, and the girls had left 5 minutes prior to me getting there. They like to wait 10 minutes after the meeting time for late stragglers. I was VERY late and certainly didn’t expect them to wait on me. I contemplated getting back in my car and skipping the run all together. Then a thought arose.
Maybe I could catch them? I took off hopeful and fast…
only to run a circle around the cemetery that wasn’t the actual trail. I ended up back at my car. Oops. That was a waste of 3 minutes. I found the real trail, and started off again in hopes of meeting my girls. Hey, I’d never been there before!!!
After about a mile in, I remembered that the Swifts’ email said that they were going to be taking a break from the roads. This meant the dirt trail. The trail that I was on was paved the entire way. There were dirt trails all over the place, and since I had no idea where anyone was, I wasn’t about to jump off the paved trail to try to find my group especially since that was my first time being in that area. It was just me with no ipod since I was planning on running with the group. Again.
I was overwhelmed by the surrounding beauty. This made it a little easier to run without my ipod. Let me tell you, I’m getting good at this “running with no music” thing. I didn’t even miss it.
There were a lot of hills though. Those were NOT fun. Then, I remembered all my fitness bloggers who live in Florida where it is not too hilly. I suddenly considered myself lucky to be always be running up or down a hill here in Spokane. This will also make me faster for Ironman Arizona. 😉
There was still fog covering the mountain tops, and it was at my elevation. Breathtaking.
I pulled out a Honey Stinger packet around mile 4, a mile before I turned around. I stole this from my husband’s stash since I was out of Clif Bloks. I don’t usually use this, and now I know why. It was WAY too sweet.
I didn’t have any water, and the sweetness in my mouth was so uncomfortable. Some “slurps” contained chunks of sugar that had crystallized since it was kinda old. I chewed the “sugar sand” and cursed the fact that I didn’t bring my camelback with me.
More fog in the road…
Right before I got to my turnaround point, I spotted these beauties.
I know that it doesn’t seem like it, but the closest one to me was 20 feet away!! The does just stared at me, and I snapped away!
The miles went by pretty quickly after the turnaround until I got to mile 10. It was an endless uphill, and my goal was to try to finish when the Swifts did so I could meet them for coffee afterwards.
I could see blonde in-shape girls running across the paved trail onto dirt trails in the distance. Maybe it was my running group? Maybe they weren’t done yet.
After making it up a horrendous hill (this was not it above), I finally spotted the nearly empty parking lot with 3 girls still in it walking towards their cars. I made it!!!! I sprinted towards my car and the girls and doubled over once I reached them gasping, “I made it! I’m sorry I was late!” They all felt bad that I had to run by myself, but that is what happens when you are more than 10 minutes late to a run! I fully accepted the consequences. And I had a nice chai tea soy latte with the girls and chatted afterwards. I’m so happy I didn’t get back in my car and drive home when I first got there. I had a great run with just me, and I got it over with!
I’m hoping I can actually run my long run with someone next weekend! haha. Third time’s a charm, right?
Thank you for all the birthday wishes on twitter! I spent this morning teaching spin and at the dentist’s office. Sounds like fun right? The hubs and I are going out to my favorite gluten free local foodie restaurant here in Spokane tonight. I can’t wait!! 😉
I hope you all had a great weekend! Here is to another productive fun week!!