Fortunately, unfortunately

Fortunately I got to run with Deb and her husband, Bill, on the Huckleberry Trail this morning. Unfortunately, I had one of the worst long runs I have had since starting my training for the Thunder Road Marathon. As always, it was great to run on the Huckleberry and to run with new friends.

Fortunately it was relatively cool, albeit a bit humid, outside. Unfortunately, it was not as cool as last weekend. There are definitely signs of fall in the air and on the trail, though. The trees are so pretty this time of year.

 
Fortunately Hank and Scout love their new over sized hedgehog and duck toys. Unfortunately Barry will probably be unhappy with me for buying them new toys (since they tend to chew cloth toys to pieces). He prefers I stick to rawhides, which the dogs really enjoy. But it’s so fun watching them run around the house with a “baby” and it makes them happy. Plus these new toys grunt/quack instead of squeaking.

Notice the wagging tail
Death to hedgehogs

Fortunately the Hokies won our football game against Marshall today. Unfortunately, it took three overtime periods to win it and I nearly had a heart attack several times. It took a good 10 minutes after the game for my heart rate to return to normal.

 
Fortunately I cheered on my Hokies with gusto to assure a win. Unfortunately, Hank and Scout are less than interested in football and would prefer I stop waking them up. There were a few instances where I was yelling at the TV and Scout would jump into my lap and lick my face.

 
Unfortunately I am feeling a little down on myself after today’s run. Fortunately I found this sweet YouTube video, which cheered me up.

Tell me some of your fortunately, unfortunately’s.

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  1. Fortunately, I got to run 7 miles today. Unfortunately, it was supposed to be 8 but I had to stop because of major gas bubbles in my tummy (TMI?).

    1. Sorry your run got cut short. I hate when that happens!

  2. It was great running with you yesterday! I love making new running friends and enjoy our time on the trail together. You shouldn’t beat your self up over any of your long runs. You’re out there getting the miles logged and you body is still learning how to handle this new adventure you’re putting it through. I’ll bet next week’s run will be better (it’s an even week). πŸ™‚

    1. You, too! Thanks for the reminder πŸ™‚ Somehow my weeks have actually gotten flipped (I guess). I had two good weeks in a row with the Hokie Half. But for good measure we will say there is no pattern and no matter what race day will not be one of my “tough days.”

  3. I agree with Deb; don’t worry too much about your bad long runs…unless you think your body just feels “off” and there is something to investigate. Yay for running! Boo for bad runs πŸ™

    1. Thanks πŸ™‚ I try to keep that in mind. It’s easy to do once the run is in the past (hindsight is 20/20 and all that) but in the moment I can’t help but feel a bit frustrated and down. Don’t worry, though, I’m not one to dwell on things too much.

  4. Bad runs suck, but they just make the good runs that much better. Everyone has them, but you’ll bounce back!

    Unfortunately I’m back from vacation, but fortunately I have some great furry friends to come home to =)

    1. That is true! I bet your puppy dogs were so happy to see you πŸ™‚ There’s nothing like walking in the door and being assaulted by happy dogs with wagging tails. Really makes you feel loved.

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