Friday, April 3, 2009

Running on The Road - 24 miles

This morning, in order to maximum running time, I opted once again to run on the road rather the trail. Since leaving the marathon scene and entering the ultra scene, I would have to say that I no longer have bad runs. Nevertheless, today was tough.

I went to bed early last night, not feeling good. I had planned to wake at 5 and start running at 5:30. Just before falling asleep, I set everything back 15 minutes. When I woke, I did not feel like running. Now, that is normal for me. But behind that hesitation is the sure knowledge that once I get out, I'll feel great. This morning, I did not have that sure knowledge.

So, I methodically plodded through my pre-run checklist and got out the door at 5:39.
This morning, I ran north-west, attempting to run along Big Marine Park and into Marine from the north. I found one of the most pretty roads in Washington County: May Ave; gravel, tree-lined, ponds and lakes on both sides.

Of course, all good things must come to an end: a beautiful meadow filled with metal art:

At the top of May Ave, I headed east toward Marine.

A quick detour to the north allowed me to come into Marine on one of my favorite roads up there: Old Marine Road with the train tunnel.

Then, the long haul down Highway 95, prompted along by U2: "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" and "Line on the Horizon." I'm starting to really enjoy this new album.

4:30:00 (4 hours, 30 minutes, and no seconds)
24.3 miles
11.06 minute/mile average
236 salt pills!!!

1 comment:

David Ray said...

Did the run get to be fun? Or not? Good long run either way. And nice tunnel. :)