This morning I went for a 7 mile long run on the Dora Trailand the New River Trail. It was overcast and 68 degrees. In July. That’s unbelievable isn’t it? It was still humid, though, so I still sweated buckets and drank a lot. I got both trails in one picture. I took this picture from the Dora Trial, looking up at the New River trail (the trestle bridge). This is just before you climb a long hill up to the New River Trail.
I ran on my own today because my running buddy is out of town. I missed her company and at times felt a little uneasy on the trail by myself, only because we rarely see anyone else on the trail. I saw one other runner and a biker this morning- and that’s actually a lot. One good thing about doing a long run on your own is you don’t have to worry about your pace being too slow or too fast, and you don’t have to worry about throwing someone’s rhythm off because you had to stop for a bathroom break.
I was worried the low water bridge would be underwater at the Dora trail due to all of the rain we got this week. That has happened before on numerous occasions.
|Flooded bridge back in April
The water was high today and I’m pretty sure the bridge was underwater earlier this week, but it was dry this morning.
I tried out a new gel, a double espresso flavored Body Glove Surge gel. I don’t really need a gel for a 7 mile run, but I prefer to test new types of fuel on shorter long runs just in case. I only took half of the gel since it was my first time trying it, and it sat well in my stomach. However I did not care for the flavor at all. I thought double espresso would taste similar to black coffee, which I like, but it actually tasted like chocolate, which I do not like. I think this gel would work for me, but it would have to be a different flavor.
Later today I am headed about 2 1/2 hours north to hang out with my best friend for the weekend. She is house sitting and they have a pool that we are going to take advantage of. We are also going to the rodeo tonight. This is the same rodeo Barry and I went to back in May
I will never do that again. Except that if I am ever faced with that same situation again, I would do it if it meant getting my long run in.
Do you see lots of people on the trails or places you run/bike/walk?
What are you doing this weekend? Anyone racing!?
Do you wear your watch on your right or left wrist? AND Are you right- or left-handed?
I wear my watch on my left and I am right-handed. It makes sense to me that you would wear it on the wrist of your non-dominant hand. However, Barry is right-handed and wears his watch on his right. It seems so wrong to me 🙂