Today I had a longish run on tap. Kel, who is building up for Rev3Tri Cedar Point FullRev (Go, KEL!!!) went out for a long bike this morning, so I decided I would head out early afternoon for my run. Of course, right about when I decided to go the thunder rolled in and it started raining. It was also super hot!! AND my head was hurting.
It was almost like I was trying to convince myself not to go. I even tweeted about it, but after a few minutes I decided I was just being a baby. I waited for the thunder to move off in the distance, and while I did that I mapped out one my favorite run routes to see if it would be the right length for my time. It was PERFECT, so I headed out in the light drizzle looking forward to some time to myself.
We live in a pretty big development and my runs almost always take me past the golf course. Just past the golf course there is a dirt mound, affectionately known as "the hump" at our house, that connects to Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area which is a great place to run because you can run on roads or trails, it's super shady and just beautiful. I usually go "over the hump" on most of my long runs as does Kel.
Well, today I went over the hump and about 50 yards ahead there is a little dirt parking area. I saw a man standing there facing the road with no shirt on, which I thought was a little odd, but I guessed he was just enjoying the cool rain. I went a few more steps and then realized he was enjoying a little more then the rain...he was, ummm, enjoying himself!!!
My first instinct was to yell at him, but I quickly thought better of that and just did a 180 and went right back over the hump. I hadn't even run a mile at that point, and was so shocked and annoyed I didn't even know what to think. Then I realized my whole route was messed up because there is no way to get where I wanted to go in the time that I had unless I went over the hump!
(Let me just say at this juncture, that the more I think about this the angrier I get. We take our kids bike riding over there all the time. I can only imagine the questions we would get if our boys had seen that! Another point is that this area is regularly patrolled by police and park rangers! I can't even believe this guy was just standing right out in the open!)
After I got my wits about me, the sun came out and it got super steamy, so I decided I would run on the shadiest roads in my neighborhood. It turned out to be an interesting run, because I ran on roads I wouldn't have normally gone on.
It turned out to be a pretty good run, but I feel like my eyes have been tortured by the view today. Hopefully I will be able to sleep!!!
On another note, we had a wonderful family weekend after a busy week. I got a last minute call to play with the Buffalo Philharmonic on Wednesday and Thursday, so I was in the car a lot those two days. Totally worth it, but I was exhausted come Friday. As I got up at 5 a.m. on Saturday, I definitely took note of the irony of getting up earlier on the weekends for training. Ah, the life of a triathlete.
We finally got around to celebrating Mr. Noah's 5th birthday officially with an awesome Spiderman/Batman cake (he couldn't decide) down at my in-law's camp on Cayuga Lake. He was a happy camper for sure.
I can't believe he is 5 already. He is really becoming such a wonderful little soul. While I was on the trainer in the garage on Friday, he danced in the rain for my entertainment.
Isn't he just the cutest?
I hope you have a wonderful week and keep your eyes open on your next long run...you never know what you might wish you hadn't seen!!