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Dan Medeiros ran: Long run. Was unsure ...
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- 9 miles
- 01:50 time
- 12:04 pace
- 1056 calories
Long run. Was unsure how much I should run today -- either catch up on last week’s long run (like I've been doing the last few weeks) or start this week fresh. I decided to do last week’s long run and aimed for 10 miles. Started with an easy 1-miler to the post office to do some mailing for Nik, then took a long, lonely loop I’ve never taken before. I went far out in the boonies almost to our city’s water supply, then up into the back roads of our industrial park where I saw bucket-loaders scrabbling on top of our landfill. I ran past some lonely office buildings and open parking lots, and up to where our airport used to be years ago, and where until recently a bar owner had decorated his front lawn with 14 toilets with signs on them spelling "INDUSTRIAL PARK." Sadly not there anymore. Then I headed back home via a main road. The route was much hillier than I would’ve liked, and I was a bit worn out, so I walked quite a bit. Some stretches were OK, but there were a few steep uphills that thwarted me. By the time I got home, the route ended up being just over 9 miles, and I was nearly out of water and tired so I figured I’d gotten close enough. On my cooldown walk through North Park I scouted a few spots where I might hide a geocache. One, right under a rock, was ideal until I saw someone had scrawled some vulgar graffiti on it. A lot of kids geocache, so I think I’ll skip that spot and look for another.
Overall the run was just OK. I wish I’d felt stronger and gone faster. It’s going to be hard for me to feel good about long runs until I can get my speed to where I want it, and it’s not there yet.