Since I'm training for a 50K trail race, I decided I'd try for 22 miles today. After running 11 miles on the asphalt trail, I ran into the woods for some trail training. I saw two deer run away from me.
Not long after that, I spotted a snake in my path. I backed up and took some pictures that you can see up above. The trail was covered with leaves and branches that made it hard to see snakes so I ran to another section of the woods to finish running and I felt like a trail loser! After the run, thanks to Google research and my husband, I realized that it was a venomous copperhead snake. I guess it wasn't such a bad idea to pick a new place to run. That's because in the new trail section, there weren't as many fallen leaves on the dirt road so it was easier to look for snakes.
It was hillier there, but hills are good, right?! It was about 77 degrees by then and when the sun came out, I felt like I was in the desert. Fortunately, the clouds came back and I felt better or as good as you can feel after running 18 miles and feel like you should have brought more gels and carried a water bottle. (I used the park water fountain.)
I took Hammer gels at miles 5, 11 and 17 because they might have those at the upcoming race I'm training for and because I'm afraid of running out of the Tailwind powder that worked so well last week. The flavors tasted good: apple cinnamon, huckleberry and raspberry, but the trails slowed me down and I should have had at least one more gel.
In my last mile, I spotted a bald eagle land in a tree so I took that opportunity to enjoy the view. I was happy to have an excuse to stop. I was worn out, but I knew I'd be glad I completed the run so I picked up my dog at home and we finished my 22 miler together.
After the run, I drank a smoothie. To make a smoothie that's almost like a chocolate shake, I blended a frozen banana, 1 Tbsp. peanut butter, 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder and enough milk to get the consistency that I wanted.
After running a fairly easy 20 miler last week, today's run taught me how much tougher running 2 more miles can be when it's warm and I don't have enough fuel. Now it seems like doing another long run (22 or 24 miles) before the 50K race is even more important just to show myself that I can do it without stopping to stare at snakes and bald eagles.
- Brooks Ravenna shoes
- Thorlo Experia socks
- Pearl Izumi shorts
- Target sleeveless tank top