Thursday, July 9, 2009

Back to Backs.... Week #1

Monday I ran 18 miles. I got a late start because of a doctors appointment. The temperature was bearable because of a wonderful wind. Here is where I run. It's a long flat stretch of county road that changes every time I run it. Above is some sort of crop fertilizer??!! There are so many large pieces of machinery that are used on farms. They are fun to watch in action.

I love horses. I wish they were cleaner. I love to pet and scratch them but I really hate getting my hands dirty. I ran my first ultra with gloves on the whole time because I didn't want my hands to get dirty.... it was quite warm out. :-D

Only a few people commented on the gloves.

Tuesday's run was 24 miles. I don't know if it was the big dose of B12 but, this run was spectacular. The first 6 miles and the last 6 miles are usually the most difficult for me. It takes a while to warm up and at the end my legs are saying "I have had enough", but I had tons of energy and didn't have any rough patches. Woot, woot!

I see lots of odd things on the sides of the highway and side roads. What is up with the single shoe? Any ideas, because I am stupefied!

When running I play a game that I call "What is it?". When I notice that there is road kill I try to figure out what it is before I get close to it. Sounds horrible and disgusting but it really passes the time. I get to watch some animals decay for a good few weeks before they are cleaned up or eaten. I won't look at dogs or cats... I run by with my eyes closed.

Today's run was an 8 mile recovery run. I went out a little harder than I should have. I guess I will take it easy tomorrow. Next week is supposed to bring very hot temperatures so I hope to get my long runs finished earlier than normal.

Gotta run.


Anonymous said...

Up here road kill doesn't last long with all the ravens, foxes and even bears - they are gone in a day. I did see a dead chipmonk the otehr day on the road but he wasn't there the next day - yum yum...something got a little meal.

Stuart said...

Nice job on those back to backs! Name the road kill, I think that's played by a lot of runners

Stacey said...

I'm glad to hear that I am not the only weirdo! Thanks Stuart.

cath said...

Out on my bike yesterday, I passed the sign which warns drivers to 'watch out for little blue penguins, DRIVE SLOWLY'. I see that sign often...but yesterday about 30feet from it were two little blue penguins, dead, run-over...very sad road kill....

billdowis said...

I love checking out the things on the side of the road when I am running... saw a snake roadkill this morning.

I always wondered what the stories were behind the one shoe on the side of the road. It has to be an interesting one.

Stacey said...

It would be so sad to see a little penguin on the road Cath :-(

On the other hand.... a snake would be most interesting WMD!