… is what he kept saying to people as we passed. What a cool pick-up line. (if you are into that sort of thing).
Actually, it’s a pretty good opener if you want to fit into your new running group (or any endurance related gathering).
I went down to the Eau Claire Running Room to do my 29k Long Run (only because I haven’t seen Dave O for a while) and I ended up running between the 4:30 group and the 4:00 group, sort of catching up to the 4:00 group. I was running along, trying to get warm (-23c, –29c –20f w/wind) when I hear ‘Hi!’. and this dude is running next to me. We started chatting, and we didn’t stop for the next 2 hours. Now I have a date with him next week for another 29k. Even though he bailed on me at the 2 hour mark (for his chick tho, who incidentally runs 3:20 at Boston).
I asked him at one point – Why don’t you run with her? – Too fast. was his response. Fair enough.
All that is part of the reason I crashed so hard with 7k to go. All the chatting and new friend making had me running TOOOO fast for this, my longest run ever. I knew it too. But I just decided to deal with the consequences, as I was having a really good time.
I probably would have been better if my hydration pack hadn’t frozen up at the 22k mark. I had just taken a Island Nectar GUsicle, and as you know, they say to take with fluids. That wasn’t going to happen. Frozen solid. No amount of sucking, rubbing or twisting (never mind, just keep on reading) was going to get the pipe unfrozen. I ended up pretty depressed for a couple clicks, and instead of completing my planned out and back once I crossed the river, I headed back to Eau Claire, with the mindset that I could just drop out once I reached the finish (4km short, btw). I ended up doing a couple kms in this weird sort of ground shuffle, doing all I could to keep my feet moving forward just hoping I would get back to my car and go home.
I thought about my lasted mantra : “Just keep putting one foot in front of the other because time passed automatically” meaning if I keep moving, I will finish. No matter what. so I did.
I got back to Eau Claire, and I just kept running. I ran right past the finish and did my 2k out (I knew if I got to the 2k out, I would complete the run because I HAD TOO! I was 2k away with 2 k to go! LOL)
So, for next week I have a run date (cool, I just hope he doesn’t mind slowing down a bit). I am a bit sore, but am very happy with the way I am recovering already. I commented on Facebook that I was disappointed because it was almost like my body was telling me to do this again next weekend…
So, 29k in 3:25 here is a shot of the route. Click the photo to go to my Garmin stats for this run.
That’s it. I did it. Hated myself for a couple ks on the run, feel much better now… although I am very tired of our winter…