Sundays are my designated long run days and so today there was 6 miles on my calendar. Feeling a little less than stellar (l had a lot of fun at the beer fest ;)) I pulled myself together to sweat it out along the paths at Peace Valley Park.
After reading this post two weeks ago, I packed my fuel belt with chapstick, biofreeze (amazing for achy IT bands), my cell phone, ID and car keys. Up until reading that post I rarely carried my phone and tied my key in my shoe laces to have a little "on" me as possible. Today I kept my music on low and chugged along through the first 3 miles surprisingly fast. It was a great day for a 10k indeed with the fall breeze and sun shining.
This was just another example of how crucial it is to be aware of your surroundings when you run. Sure there were other people within ear-shot, however I was much more vulnerable in the woods, alone. Please be sure to take your ID, turn down your music and bring your cell phone when running alone.
After that small but scary encounter, I was a little freaked out and finished my last 3 miles quickly. I wanted to just be done.
P.S. I did not forget to let you in on the Saturday Shenanigans at the McCoole’s Beer fest. That post coming Monday!