Yesterday morning I was up bright and early to get in my 8 mile long run. Unfortunately, it was one of those days where it was already 80 degrees by 7 AM and very humid (97%). But despite the heat I had a pretty enjoyable run. It’s always nice to run someplace different from your usual stomping grounds.
A little over halfway I needed to use the bathroom and lo and behold I found a public beach entrance and it had restrooms and a sink! It was great timing. I also tried out some new fuel halfway- a tri-berry flavored Gu. The flavor was just okay and I need to get used to how thick the Gu gels are (I practically have to chew them to get them down), but it sat well in my stomach.
Once I left the beach town area I continued to head down Kings Road until it dead ends. First I turned right, but the road was closed. This was about 5 miles into my run and my running-brain decided the road was closed for one of three reasons. One, there’s a giant sink hole and I would fall into it if I ran down the road; Two, the two large houses along the road got it turned to a private road and the owners sit on their porches and will shoot me with long range rifles if I run down their road; And three, there’s a loose tiger but only on that specific section of the road. These are the things my brain thinks up when I’m running.
I decided none of those three possibilities were good, so instead I headed in the other direction. And guess what I found? Hills! It turns out there are hills at the beach. You just have to know where to go.
I was having a pretty enjoyable run up until the last 2 miles. Just after I hit mile 6, my right heel started to bother me right at the front part that connects to the arch of my foot. My heel has been bothering me since Wednesday and I’m pretty sure it’s from walking barefoot and/or in flip flops during the day. Thus far it hadn’t bothered me during a run, but after a little over an hour of running it started hurting. It wasn’t really bad, though, so I continued on. The other thing that made the last 2 miles of my run challenging was the pounding headache that crept in at mile 6.5. My head was absolutely throbbing, but just on back right-side. I was drinking water throughout my run, but I guess I hadn’t had enough. All I could do was to keep going.
|Hank playing in the waves|
|I’m happy here just watching, thanks.|
I think mine does it to entertain me (those that run with me also get entertained, since I usually share my random thoughts with those lucky people)
If you have a dog, have you ever taken it on the beach? Did your dog like the ocean?