Friday night I went for a long run. I went for many reasons. Mary wasn’t around, Cassie wasn’t around, I was due for a long run, and I had nothing better to do. Well, honestly, sleeping sounded like a better idea but I went for a run after a 1 hour nap anyhow. It’s hard to get out running, especially on a long run, after you’ve been asleep for an hour and wake up still tired. I’m glad I did. If I hadn’t I would have never seen the squirredile or the circle birds.
I set out at about 7:10 pm. The weather was great. It was sunny and it was 75 degrees. The sun wasn’t quite setting but I knew it would set before my run was through. I began my journey for the Rowe Half seriously doubting I’d finish it. I just didn’t feel like running.
Along the way I saw some new things. I saw bird road kill. Bird road kill deserves a special name. For some reason birds, when hit by a car, form perfect circles. No other road kill forms a perfect circle. One bird-kill was a robin — at least I think it was a robin. It looked much like a hockey puck. The other bird-kill I saw had yellow on it and was smaller. I’m not a bird watcher and I have no idea what it was. I do know that it’s easier to watch bird-kill than birds because they do not move.
The most interesting thing I saw was the squirredile. When I saw it my heart raced and my pace quickened. I was genuinely afraid. I saw what I thought was a baby crocodile on the side of the road. When I got closer I found it was actually a squirrel-kill that had dried and decayed to look exactly (to me) like a crocodile. Beware the squirredile.
The run itself was quite good. The first half was kind of difficult but not excessively difficult. I finished the first 6.5 miles in 1:01. That’s pretty good for me lately. The run home was excellent. The sun went down, the temperatures dropped, and my energy level increased. I think it was mostly the cooler temperatures but I think it also had to do with me finally waking up and the gel hitting my system. I felt like I was flying. It turns out I was. I finished the Rowe Half this week in 2:01:36. I had a negative split. I felt so good that I thought I was going to break 2 hours. When I finished I felt great. I could have gone for more miles but it was dark and I didn’t want any overuse injuries.
My average pace was 9:21. That’s really good for me lately. Mostly I’m proud that I was able to get myself out the door when sleeping was so much more desirable.