Sunday, August 29, 2010

Long Run #6: Slow pain

A recipe for almost letting a run defeat you:

1) Don't get on the trail until 5:28 at night when it's hot .... like 85 degrees hot.

2)  Feel like crap:  Tense shoulders. Headache.  Calf muscles that hate you for no reason.

3) Unwittingly choose a route that forces you uphill, without break, for the first 8 miles.

4)  Miss the turnoff for planned loop out to the Mystic River at mile 6 and don't realize for another 2, inspiring fear of getting lost and forcing the dreaded and often numbing "out-and-back" on the same trail.

5) Starting at the 34th minute, check watch every 2 minutes.  Sometimes every 1.  If the run is to be 160 minutes, it could be the most times you've checked your watch in your entire career.  It doesn't matter; do it.


Having survived the experience, what made this run on these heavier-than-thou legs NOT defeat me were the exact qualities that made the first 8 miles excrutiating.

1) Leaving at 5:28 meant that the temperature was headed down rather than up.  So the last 45 minutes were in a cool dusk.

2) Missing the turn at mile 6 meant I spent the whole 16-plus miles on the Minuteman Bikeway.  Which is 95 percent under tree canopy.

3) Out-and-back when the first 8 miles are uphill means that the second 8 will be downhill.

4) There is zero problem getting at stool at the Rosebud Diner in Davis Square on a Saturday night.  I didn't have to worry about post-run aroma smoking out fellow diners, at all.

Dining companions.
6) A diner meal at breakfast does not always include a BLT triple-decker club, saucy potato salad and Harpoon UFO .... which, when consumed simultaneously, will save the experience from ruin.

And the name of the waitress (at left) was ... Karen.

No comments: