aka, Gummy fruit slices are not rich in electrolytes ...
Yesterday just begged me to run. So, I obliged. I was happy to wear shorts and sunglasses, but I was just a bit too skeptical about the weather and chose a long sleeved tech-shirt in the mid-60s temperature. I laced up my Brooks T6 Racers and was ready to go.
My route took me westward toward the evening sun. Another runner appeared before me and I attempted to match her pace, but double her strides to settle into a fast foot turnover rate. The week's worth of rust soon caught up to me.
My breathing was labored. I struggled to balance my short strides with a fast cadence. And then my stomach started to give me fits.
Before I suited up for the run, I took Dobson out for a quick bathroom break, but before that I scarffled some sugar-coated gummy fruit slices to stem my hunger. Not even 20 minutes into my run, my stomach cramped. Not a good thing when you've been running steadily downhill and would have to make a steep climb back up to get home.
My route took me down to my usual starting point for Sand Run, but instead of heading onto the jogging/walking path, I turned toward the par course on the other side of Portage Path. The par course is a short, but rough trail that loops up and down a steep ravine.
The steep uphill brutalized me into a walk until shame convinced to start running again. Though the worst of it was soon over after I left the par course, the uphill wouldn't end until a half mile from home. After an hour and five minutes, I was done. Maybe next time I take a week off between runs, I'll start with something shorter.
Thus ended March. Here is last month's statistical rundown:
- Total Miles: 57 miles (12 runs)
- Highest Weekly: 20 miles
- Average Weekly: 11.4 miles
- Average Pace: 9:57.86 per mile
- Longest/Fastest Run: 9 miles, 8:28 pace
- The Monthly Dif: +11 miles (46 miles in February)