What do you do on a run when your body doesn't want to cooperate and every little hill feels like a challenge? You just have to laugh and have as much silly fun as possible.
This morning, Sharon and I headed out to Germantown Rd with the goal of running 21 miles on Wildwood. I had originally wanted to do at least 25 and Sharon less than 20. But we compromised on 21, and believe me, for today that was enough. I don't know what it was, but we were both dogging it today. Maybe it was the relative heat and humidity. I think it was already in the 50's when we started at 7:30. Hard to believe that just 3 weeks ago we were running in tights and gloves in the cold rain at Hagg. Even after a few miles of warm-up we couldn't shake the kinks out and were already feeling tired on the hills.
Then Sharon got one of those stabbing side aches and we had to walk for a bit. In order to keep running, she had to grab her side tightly. If you keep pressure on the pain spot, it eventually gets better. But until it does, it's excruciating. And did I mention that we were the first on the trail? Which meant we were breaking all the spider webs. Actually, it was really Sharon doing the breaking, since she was the one in front. And she wasn't too happy about it either. So when we started running again and she was still battling her side ache, she decided to pick up a little stick to wave in front of her to break the webs. I couldn't help laughing at the sight of her swishing her wand with her left hand while she was leaning into and grabbing her side with her right hand. However, it all came back to me when I developed the stabbing side ache later on in the run. Mine, however, only reached a level three on the stabbing side ache pain scale we developed. Whereas Sharon's was at least a level seven.
We planned the run so that we had two different out and back sections, which meant we could use the car as an aid station after the first 11 miles. The second half of the run went much better and I think getting to re-fuel helped a lot. During this second part we were able to add to our list of innocent trail running comments that sound dirty. This is a G-rated blog and I get enough odd hits as it is. So I won't share any of the examples we came up with. But I'm sure you can come up with some on your own.
I think Sharon is on the verge of registering for McDonald Forest. I had told her earlier that I wasn't going to influence her decision. But today's run hit home that running long can be a lot easier, and a lot more fun, when shared with a friend. And after all was said and done, we still came in pretty much on pace.
P.S. Hard to believe, but my mileage for this week, 45.5, is my all time weekly high (by 1/2 mile). It think I see 50+ mile weeks in my not so distant future.