This morning Barry and I headed up to the Huckleberry Trail for our final double digit run before the Thunder Road Marathon! It was only 24 degrees at the start of our run, so I wore tights, a quarter zip long sleeve top, gloves, and an ear warmer/head band thing. It did warm up to the high 40’s by the end, though.
I wanted to do one last run on the Huckleberry to get in some more rolling hills. Last week there was a sign saying the bridge on the trail was closed for maintenance until 11/8. I failed to look at the sign at the start of today’s run, but later found out it had been changed to closed until 11/15. I found that out for myself when I got 1.25 into my run, where the bridge is. Last week they only had the orange things blocking the bridge, but this week they had woven chain link into the fence on either side so I figured they really didn’t want us on it.
I did three out and backs from the trail head to the closed bridge and back, for the first 7.5 miles. There were a few other runners doing the same thing, so I saw the same 4 people multiple times. It wasn’t too bad, considering I’ve been in worse long run situations like that time I ran 10 miles on a quarter mile loop at a campground.
However, I got bored after three out and backs, which is easy to do when you have other options. So I did a lap around the mall for another mile. During that lap, I saw Barry (who was running separate) and he told me the new part of the trail they were working on would be a good place to run. So I headed across the road from the trail head to check out the new branch. For those of you who are familiar with the Huckleberry, this new section runs behind Wal-Mart and Home Depot and connects the existing Huckleberry to the Christiansburg Rec Center.
|The existing part of the trail, behind the movie theater|
My left shin felt really good during today’s run. I wasn’t really feeling the run at the start, but by the end of the run I felt like I was just getting into my rhythm. So I guess that’s good for next weekend. One issue I did have today was that my Shot Bloks froze. It made it really hard to eat, and it took me nearly half a mile to eat two of them. If that’s the only hardship I have next weekend, I’ll take it!
Let’s talk about Charlotte for a minute. Since the race is next weekend (!!!) it’s close enough to start stalking the weather forecast. This is how it’s looking right now:
Sixty percent chance of rain!? That’s no good. I’m hoping the percent chance decreases, but if not I need to make a game plan for how I am going to deal with these weather conditions. I didn’t exactly plan to run my race with a hat or jacket on, and I would prefer not to do anything new on race day. I think the only time I’ve ever raced in the rain was the Baltimore Half in 2008, and it was a light misty rain on and off throughout the race.
How do you handle unexpected things that come up during a long run/race? Do you roll with it or does it throw you off?
I tend to be really accepting of whatever the situation throws at me, and just roll with it.
Tips on running a marathon in the rain…. ready, go!