A perfect day for running, it was raining leaves in the early autumn air
Oh pavement how I hate you! This race is 9 laps on a paved bike path a wee bit over 3 miles around.
DFL in 7:45.50, almost an hour slower than 2 years ago.
I'm weary of DFL's, been there done that way too much, but I'm okay with this. I'm still coming back from a summer of not running, poor nutrition, wheat allergy reaction going on day 4, beat up by pavement, things are okay.
I didn't manage my pace well. I got going to fast enjoying a conversation. So to greet me at about mile 18 was Mr You Ran Too Fast Bonk. I hate this during a marathon, during an ultra it just stinks!
My plan was to run 1/4 mile walk a minute then repeat 124 times. I walked more than planned, forgot my sandwich on a few laps, filled my backpack with ice but no water so ran out of water on one lap.
I walked most of the second to last lap with Nicholas. My plan was to be so baddass and use my music for the last lap. Last lap, grab music, take off, stop at the port-a-john, never see Nicholas again! He dropped me. I ran a bit to fast trying to catch up and then had trouble breathing after that. I told Nicholas that I discovered too late, that his company was preferred to music. Bummer for me!
The next race in our AURA series is also on pavement.
December will take us back to the trails!
Nicholas, send me a link to your blog and I will link it here. Thanks for some fabulous miles, and forgive me for deciding I wanted my music more than conversation.