Yesterday morning I woke up with a mean sore throat, and defeated, I texted Tall Mom Mel and told her I wouldn't make it to the 10 miler. Grrrr. I didn't like that feeling of bowing out. But the extra rest did help and by noon I was feeling up for a run. A LONG run. My mileage has been weird all week, so to make up for it I decided to run the entire Soos Creek trail, then back again.
Instead of the usual running top I would sport, I decided it would be the perfect time to try out my new Champion Double Dry long sleeved top. It's the color of lemons and as soft as cashmere--incredible! I will post a full review soon...but it didn't disappoint!
I grabbed my Nathan Fuelbelt, iPhone, sunglasses, 3 Clif Shot Bloks, my ID/debit card, and a Vanilla Orange GU Roctane and hopped in my car. My plan was to try the Roctane on my way there. Oh boy. Not a good flavor experience. I think I'll stick to the flavors that could pass as frosting or pudding because all I could think about while sucking on that GU packet was that I was eating orange snot. Snot with a twist of vanilla--not the creamsicle I was hoping for. Yuck. But, in its defense, I feel that it gave me a great boost.
It turned out to be a really beautiful day for running. There were quite a few people on the trail: a lot of walkers, some runners, some hardcore backpacking hikers...wait, what? Yeah...there was this large group of people that had these backpacking packs on--not DAY packs or school backpacks, but serious camping backpacks with sleeping bags and tents. Um, ok. I didn't think there was a campsite around. I could be wrong? But they were really nice and let me pass them twice. Hmmm, that was interesting.
During the run, I'm thinking of what Mel was saying about how the trail reminded her of the swamp in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Creepy! So, I was constantly checking the sides of the trail for scary dead people! Well, not really, but you get the idea.
Towards the end of the run, my ankles were acting up a little, so I stopped to stretch them out a couple times and they were fine (weird). The New Balance 1225s are strange to me still, and I'm feeling like I'm stomping, especially downhill. I'm still giving them a try...