8 mile run (1:00:00)
Wow, where do I even start on this run. First, on a positive note, this was the farthest distance my own two legs have carried me since July of 2008. On one hand it make me pretty excited but on the other I realize that's pretty pathetic. All and all my foot felt decent, although as I was telling my dad, I think the fact that I spent 6 of the last 9 weeks in the boot has really messed things up neurologically for my foot. It really feels like I don't get the push-off that I need and I am hesitant to really be forceful with it. I hope with some time and work with it I will get it better.
Where does the fun on this run start you ask? Well, as I was trying to think of a place to run with some trails I decided to take a look at mapmyrun. I noticed that their might be some trails in a park about 4 miles away. Deciding that 1. I would actually run 8 miles and 2. It would be better to run there to see if there were in fact trails before driving to them, I mapped out the most direct route to the park. Mapmyrun.com really needs a feature that rates how ghetto an area might be because on a scale of 1-10, this route was a 12. Within 10 minutes I was the only white person for blocks and the boarded up row houses and abandon shopping carts should have prompted me to turn around. Instead, I opted to soldier on. I think I witnessed two drug deals and a few other criminally minded activities. It would have been worst had I been wearing my short, split cut bright blue running shorts with no shirt instead of my basketball shorts and a t-shirt. Oh wait, scratch that, reverse it, I looked like a fool. I think the best comment was "oh lordy, I thought that cracker be running around in his underwears". I only got 1 "run forrest run" but it was promptly followed bu "stupid is as stupid does whitey"...yes my friend, stupid is as stupid does. Needless to say, I never found the trails and I made it back safe with an hour of pavement pounding under my belt. I look forward to a run tomorrow with Melanie in the safe haven of small town Connecticut.
1 year ago