My 8-mile jaunt yesterday was another rain-soaked ramble. Wind and storms lashed Washington, D.C. all day until everything quieted around 4:15 pm. At 4:25, I laced up my running shoes and hit the trails.
Which were covered in wet leaves, twigs and puddles. Way too slick for my planned fartlek workout. The trail was also an obstacle course; I hurdled a few tree limbs here and there and dodged flooded areas.
I enjoyed the run - hardly anyone out there, only two die-hard runners and a handful of bicyclists (and Jeanne, only 2 of them followed trail etiquette and said "On your left").
When I turned around at the half-way mark, it was almost completely dark. I could barely see the trail ahead of me, so I had to slow down lest I fall. I did trip a couple of times over unseen twigs and splashed in a puddle or two. First 4 miles: 34:48. Last 4 miles: 37:50.
A Big Thankee!: Goes to Steve Runner at the Phidippedations podcast. He was kind enough to mention this little blog, and he read part of an email I sent him about my experience at the Marine Corps Marathon, which he also ran. I'm in episode 70.
Steve, I was cranking out 6 "hill" miles on an elliptical trainer when listening to that podcast, and I almost fell off in surprise when I heard my name. Thanks for the shout-out!