i am so glad its friday. i am just so ready for the weekend!
i had a 12 mile run on the schedule for thursday. since i was going to be doing the whole thing on my own, i really wanted to try to get it done before dark. so i took off a little bit early from work and changed up the routine a little bit to just run right from the office. the trail i run on is only maybe a half mile away from the office – why didn’t i think of this before? it saved me a good 15-20 minutes from driving over to park on a different spot on the trail to go to the same place. i was running by 5pm and decided to take one of the routes chris and i have been on. i had only been out about 3 miles on this trail before so i decided to take it further to see where it goes. it was so pretty to have some new scenery. all the leaves are changing colors and the evening was cooler, it was a perfect evening for a run. there were a ton of people out walking and lots of dogs too!
this week my stomach has been giving me some issues and just hasn’t been feeling all that great. i can usually get it to go away and not bother me on my runs but it was annoying me almost the whole 12 miles. i don’t know what is up but it can stop now! so i tried to just not focus on my stomach and kept knocking the miles out. i was keeping a pretty steady pace in the high 8′s and low 9′s which is just where i wanted to be. i had already worked all day, i didn’t really have a whole lot of umph to push it harder, plus the stomach was hurting and i want to save all my umph for sunday. one thing about running further on a trail than you have been, is you can run into hills you didn’t know were there. as i went out further there were a couple of good hills… nothing crazy tough, but definitely made me work a little harder which was nice! it kept it interesting i stopped to take a pic with my phone of mt. diablo when i made it to the top of one hill, it was so pretty. overall a great, very pretty run… and i made it back before dark!
thanks to everyone for their input on yesterday’s safety post… you guys had some great tips i didn’t think to write so i will recap here:
- road ID (or some sort of identification) with: who you are, an emergency contact and if you have any special medical notes.
- tell someone where you are going, and if you know, how long you will be gone. then if you aren’t back within a reasonable time they know where to look
- lights that clip on to you to make you visible to other people and cars
- bring cash just incase
- make eye contact with people you run by, always be assertive
- if you have dogs and can bring them, they are always good for safety
- pepper spray
- run against traffic
- run with people
check out D10′s blog from yesterday. she has a bunch of links to reflective gear. i am going to go check out some lights this weekend too, and hopefully find some sort of road id because that isn’t something i bring with me and i definitely should!
many of you asked about my “shorter run pack”. i use this one and i love it! its slim, light and fits great. it will hold all safety essentials noted above easily.
hope everyone has great weekends!