Last night, Tuesday July 24th, I set out for a 7+ mile run. It was about 6:50 PM when I started. I ran my usual route, The Rowe Quarter, and added on an extra loop to get in more than 7 miles. I planned to run it fast so I pushed myself. My legs felt tired for most of the run but after about 4.5 miles they finally loosened up and I really picked up the pace. I finished the run in 1:00:13, an 8:20 pace. I’ve run faster before but that’s still a great time for me, especially for the course I was on.
Along the way I ran over railroad tracks that were being rebuilt. There was a about a 1.5 foot drop off between the tracks that was challenging to run over. That same night some idiot got her car stuck on the tracks and a train destroyed her car all apparently because she was afraid she’d run out of gas taking the detour.
Along side of those tracks I was the closest I’ve ever been to a hawk. It was less than 10 feet away. It was busy pouncing on a nest of baby mice. Even though the hawk was huge I might have missed it but I heard the mice squeaking. I had turned off my headset while crossing the tracks to be sure that I didn’t get killed.
I’ve been icing my shins each night. I won’t be running again until Sunday morning when John and I will do an 18 mile run. I’m excited to do distances like that again. It’s so much more fun running with someone. It takes a long time to run that far but it doesn’t drag on because there’s someone to talk to.