back on the train

May 10, 2010 at 8:46 am 4 comments

week of may 2
total mileage 18
asics gt-2150s  miles 359
total 2010 miles 401

sunday off

monday 4 miles ~ bayshore with buns
average 9:30

tuesday off

wednesday 4 miles ~ gymnastics
average 8:37

thursday off

friday off

saturday 10 miles ~ bbs trails
average 9:50

another week of life getting in the way. tuesday was supposed to be miles at four green ~ instead i sat in an empty rental property with no electricity waiting for a handyman and the police. long story of a tenant who skipped out and a kicked in door. thursday i chose long avoided home projects over exercise. and friday was another early morning attempt which just seems so outside my pre-work capability.

saturday was my only redemption and it was an adventure. i dragged buns out to the bbs trails. miles and miles of trails built on old phosphate mines giving the illusion that florida isn’t quite so flat. it’s been well over a year since i’d done them and it wasn’t long before i fell head over heels in love again. woods. hills. mountain bikers. nature. but he wasn’t quite so in awe. hot temps, high humidity and a preference for flat, paved paths, had him hurting by mile four and by six we were alternating with a walk. around mile seven a fork in the road led me to pull out the trail map and determine our direction and i realized that something was amiss. my car key ~ tucked into my water bottle holder pocket along side the map ~ was missing. sheer panic. the zipper on the pocket had been closed so i knew it had to have fallen out the last time i’d glanced at the map which i could only estimate at half a mile or so back. i hoped. as we retraced our steps, buns walked slowly canvassing every inch and i opted for a slow run to cover more ground. i had no idea what we were going to do. no key. phones locked in the car. far from home. our only option was going to be beg a biker for a ride to get my spare key. i was just about to give up when i rounded a twist in the trail and there, right in the middle of the path, was my key. needless to say i can’t imagine it will be any time in the near future that i can coerce buns to run trails again. i must find someone who loves them the same way i do. i belong on trails. no doubt. but simply don’t feel safe running them alone.

though the miles were light, i actually feel good about the week. maybe it was the trails. maybe it was finally registering for my next marathon and the tri. but mentally i felt a reconnect with the run. there’s lots ahead. the midnight run. the tri. chickamauga. maybe even ragnar this year. running just to run has been fun. but i think i’m meant to train. it’s on.

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taking the plunge learning to let go

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  • 1. ultrarunnerbrianphilpot  |  May 10, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I allway’s check a 100 time’s to make sure I still have my key’s, I hate that.

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  • 2. becelisa  |  May 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    so do i! which is probably the only reason i even noticed it was missing at all. we had about two miles back to where we parked and had we made it back to the car before i realized it we would have been so screwed!

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  • 3. kitkat1126  |  May 12, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Losing my keys is one of my biggest fears while running – I actually run holding them because I don’t trust putting them anywhere else!

    That’s so awesome your have trails like that you can run through. I’d love to do trail running like you said I don’t feel safe running them alone. =(

    I may quote you on your last line, I love your mindset!– “running just to run has been fun. but i think i’m meant to train. it’s on.”

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  • 4. bgirl875  |  May 13, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one that runs with my keys in hand. It feels awkward running with them in my hand but having a panic attack at the thought that I might have lost them is soooooo much worse. Glad you found them and had an amazing trail run. i gotta try one of those sometime soon!

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