Our long run on Saturday turned into somewhat of an obstacle course. Julia and I wanted to run 5 miles, so we ended up mapping out the same run around the university - and oddly enough, Map My Run rerouted both of us a couple of places, but we figured it was just being dumb. Hey, guess who is smart? Map My Run. Guess who ran into road/sidewalk closures due to major construction? If you're guessing me and Julia, well, you would be correct.
So there we were, in the dark since we started at 5:30 am, chugging along, when all of a sudden there were barricades, temporary fencing, torn up sidewalks and roads - oh, it was fun. We had to pick our way through clumpy dirt paths, squeeze around fences, duck under barricades (they didn't mean for US to stay out, right?) - needless to say, we got some unplanned walking breaks in. And then, when we thought we were through with that mess, we turned the corner, and MORE construction! We were lucky that there wasn't much traffic that time of day, because we ended up in the street more than we would have liked.
What did we learn from this run? Well, for starters, that was a terrible route. Also, it might be a good idea to drive a route that you haven't run, just to be sure it's doable. But on the good side, we felt like the police were looking out for us as we ran, since we saw the same patrol car at least 3 times, and another couple of campus police/sheriff patrol cars as well. Nice to know that they're out there, especially since we were running in a new (to us) area. And by the time I get back from vacation, I think we'll just do the group runs, where we'll have a much better "safety in numbers" thing going on - plus a better route as well.
Oh, and as for the 5 mile run itself? Let's just say it felt great once we hit about 3 miles. The first couple of miles were struggles with heat (really, 78 degrees at 5:30 in the morning?!), my anxiety breathing and the unplanned "trail run" through construction, but once we hit mile 3, we sailed along! I told Julia that if she could invent something where we just magically started running at mile 3, I would appreciate it very much. I'm sure she's working on it as you read this.
This morning, Barbara, Theresa and I are run/walking the local Firecracker 5K - love that Barbara and I have managed to find a race to do together every time I visit her since I started running, and I especially love that Theresa is now ready to join us! Should be a blast (haha, get it?).
Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!