Saturday, August 06, 2011
I kept thinking about it as I ran and I realized that looking forward to completing it tomorrow wasn't good enough. I was going to push through and try to do it tonight. I had done 5.8 one other time and regretted not being able to do 6 (and therefore only getting to count 5) so tonight, yeah, I was gonna try. I hoped that I wouldn't need to use the bathroom but planned for a route that kept me close to businesses just in case.
I had to pause several times tonight due to crosswalks, as well as stops at two stores. First Walgreens and then backtracked to QFC after Walgreens didn't have anything I wanted -- I desperately needed a drink but wanted something tasty without caffeine.
And in the end, I cranked hard, even got the radar speed sign to read 8 miles an hour late in my fourth mile. That was pretty awesome. I've been thinking lately that I need to get a t-shirt which reads "DEAF RUNNER" on it. I get way too many cat calls and cheers from people passing by in cars. It's been like 8-9 months since anyone's honked at me in a way that felt mean, but it's amazing how many people will hoot and whistle and cheer and lean out the window and wave with smiles on their faces. Since I have my headphones on and can't hear them anyhow, maybe such a t-shirt would encourage them to tone it down. (Or honk to see if it's true... hmm....)
Anyhow, what now? Well, time to get some new shoes. I bought these shoes after I caught my last pair on the underside of an airplane seat in 2009, so they're pretty old. They've done well, but I ought to get a pair designed for running. Also, a few days to recover (I'll be sore tomorrow and a conference in Seattle on Monday and Tuesday) and then a new goal. I'm thinking maybe 500 miles in 300 days or something.