Spring is heah and today was a bit of a tease, since we are supposed to get another 3-6 inches of snow tomorrow night. However, I will take it.
When I stated running, the temps were at the bottom of my personal long run safety zone, with temps in the low 20’s and wind chills bringing it down into the lower teens *F. However, it was supposed to warm up as the day progressed pretty quickly so I figured that it was gonna be just fine – and it was. Later in the day it was sunny and got up to the mid-40’s – a sign of things to come.
Unfortunately, the bad part of spring has also started – allergies. Even with the cold, as soon as the warm weather popped, something else popped and my eyes are watering, sneezing, runny nose and all those other classic signs of Harold enduring spring allergies has started.
I was planning on running down to the Augusta Rail Trail Head – about 11.0 miles (increasing thing slowly), but during the run a few things happened and while I didn’t get to 11.0, I did get over 10.0 miles in.
The first 3.0 miles were pretty routine and I was focusing on getting the arm swing more compact. It will take time to make it automatic, but I think it will be worth it once I get there.
When I got to the last house on the Middle Road in Sidney, I noticed a couple of dogs up on their lawn. However, they were not really paying attention to me, so I kept on going. About 50 yards beyond the house, the hairs on the back of my neck got to standing on end and I turned around and saw those two dogs running down the road – silently – coming at me.
At that point I realized one was a brown Pit Bull and the other a Black German Shepard. Oh shit, this wasn’t gonna be good. So instead of stopping or keeping going, my body just reacted – I turned around raised its hands over my head and I started running back at the dogs, yelling like a bloody fool. It worked, they didn’t know what to hell was going on and turned-tail and ran back the other way.
After they turned and ran off, I simply turned around and went back to running my pace. I really don’t think it bothered me all that much at the time, I was too locked in on the run, but looking back it could have been a lot worse. When I talked with Mary after the run, we both agreed it might be time to start carrying some anti-dog spray. Still it does piss me off that I feel that I have to carry it, because some arse-hole just lets their dogs out and does not properly supervise them.
The big excitement of the run.
Unfortunately, just before 5.0 miles the body told me that I needed to find a tree, but with the snow still on the ground and no leaves, there was not any convenient place to do what needed to be done, until I just barely got to Planet Fitness. I stopped there for 4:30 and then got going again.
I hate that feeling for pretty close to 3.0 miles and wondering how you are going to hold things in much longer and don’t say go before you run – I did three times. 🙂 I guess my innards are getting too efficient at getting rid of stuff.
However, it put me behind schedule, having to run an extra half mile and time lost, meant that Mary was probably going to get ahead of me. That prophecy turned out to be true, as I got to the end of Bond Brook Road, I saw Mary drive by in Clifford. I had to text her and ask her to meet me back at College Carryout. She had someplace she had to be and if I had run to the original meeting place she would have been late.
Even with everything going on during the run, I still consider it a really good run. It was the longest run in a couple of years ;-).
Just another routine long run in Maine.