Okay. No excuses. I'm back in Southern California. No planes. No hotels. No reason to *not* run. So, I took off after work and hit up the San Diego Creek Trail for nine miles.
In theme with my desire to check out some new trails, I set out on a new spur of the trail just past mile 3. I was on this spur for about a mile and a half, but the trail continued south. I think if I continued, I would run into the trail that we used for the Southern California Half. Looks like I have another trail to check out on my longer runs!
The run was overall pretty slow. After turning around, the headwinds were brutal. There is a storm blowing through (in fact, there were actual thunderstorms) and the weather has been downright blustery. Second, I need new shoes. By mile 7, I was starting to feel pain in places I don't normally feel pain. I only have 300 miles on my current shoes. But, with the longer distances and the warmer temperatures, my shoes are getting and staying wet (perspiration). I think that has broken them down a little sooner than normal. Anyways, I only have a couple to three weeks left on them at my current mileage. Luckily I have a 15% coupon to Road Runner. Looks like I'll be making a trip today!
Final stats on the run - 9 miles at an average pace of 9:59. Heart rate averaged 83% of MHR - still within aerobic range. This morning I'm quite a bit sorer than normal - especially my quads, lower back and hips. More evidence that my shoes have given up the ghost.
On tap today - rest day (another one?). Yes - and I think I'll take it to help me get ready for the Wrigley River Run on Saturday. I'm excited! I get to meet my fellow blogger Penny of Planet Ynnep Running fame! Woo hoo!
Also, I wanted to share this picture with all of you - this is my finish at the Cinco de Mayo Half.
Funny - I don't remember being in that much pain! As my fellow runner and Whitneyite Lori at Run Along Now said on my facebook wall - "after 2 years of races, i haven't had even 1 good picture!" Touche! I think it's a huge conspiracy to embarrass us runners.
Oh and Lori? She is a certifiable nut. She's running the San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run this Saturday (and probably Sunday). Folks - this is a woman who didn't even run two years ago. My hat's off to you Lori!