I was truthfully a little scared of my long run over the weekend. I had totally skipped my long run last weekend to go to Vegas and due to single digit temperatures I was scared out of my short runs during the week, so I had not run in over a week. I started out by mapping my 9 miles and found the perfect route, something as scenic as it gets around these parts. Of course I went prepared to brave the wind chill temperature of 15* by bundling up in everything that I owned. Plus I guess when you can’ t see my mouth it makes me look incredibly angry…
Since I was planning on a long run I made sure to take my hydration belt full of GU with me.
Then I almost got attacked by some Canadian geese but luckily they flew away at the last moment before my geese ass kicking.
I spent two miles running through a local metropark and I was running in inches of snow the whole time. I could really feel the pain in my legs right away. Running through the snow is like running in sand. Except it is frigidly cold.
Whenever I run along this path I ALWAYS see deer off the side foraging for food. This long run was no different.
These deer are so used to seeing people around that they let you get extremely close before they even back away. There were 10 deer in total so I had a great walk break to watch them for a little while.
I was fearful of having a bad run since I my legs hadn’t been run on in awhile but I surprisingly didn’t have trouble until after I stopped running in the snow. After that my calves tightened up quite a bit and I was having pain in my good knee. I think I should have taken it easier through the snow, but I did have a great run and a few hours later my legs were feeling like normal.
Do you run so you can catch as much scenery as possible?
Do you plan your run around where you can fill up with water or use the bathroom?