First - 8.5 miles
The sun was out and the heat was more than I had hoped for. Clouds would tease me with short breaks so I made huge efforts to stay ahead of hydrating. Finished this with half a protein bar, 3 Gels, and 24 oz. of fluid.
Second - 8.5 miles
As I passed a pasture I noticed a cow laying near the fence I ran past. I remember even thinking that we might get rain by seeing this. As I reach the turnaround point and head back I pass Scott. He was out doing his long run. We speak for a minute and then go our separate ways. I continue to Gel(2 more), eat some electrolyte balance chews and take in another 24 oz. of fluids. My body felt great with only a little discomfort in my shoulder area.
Third - 7 miles
As I pass the pasture for the last time it is very clear that the cow that I noticed earlier has now died. Three other cows stood near looking down at this animal. It seems stupid but I was sad seeing this. Scott joins me by car and mentioned that the owners had just left its side. It was getting dark so I moved on. Although I still felt good I was ready to be finished just the same. I finished this last portion with 1 Gel and another protein bar with 24 oz of fluids.
After stretching I went into the house for a 20 minute ice bath. I set in the cold water while Scott dumped 2 large bags of ice on my legs. I was thrilled... long run success and even bigger NUTRITION success. I am not all the way there on the fuel but I am much closer.
Saturday Morning Treat -
We did not set an alarm. That in itself is a treat. Once up we take our dog Layla down town for breakfast and enjoyed it outside at a sidewalk table.
We walk for almost 2 hours winding through parks and streams just enjoying the morning. We both really enjoyed getting up and relaxing without being pushed by the time of day.
WORTH every mile I ran on the pavement Friday night.