If you've been following any of my training, EVER, you know that running solo has always been one of my mental blocks!
I was so desperate to get a run in OUTSIDE, that I decided to just get out there and do it! I found a semi clear spot. Turned on my audio book (which I HIGHLY recommend!). I decided that since I was on riverside, it'd be easy to map out my run for an accurate account of my miles. So I started my stop watch on my watch, and took off. I had planned to run to a familiar water fountain that I knew from previous runs was 4.6 miles to be exact. That was until.........
----- I'm running up to an intersection where a truck is blocking the crosswalk for me to pass, so I just began to slow down to come to a stop. He makes eye contact with me , waves, and backs up. What he didn't realize, was a car had pulled up so close to him, that her front fender was already so close to his bumper. It all happened so fast, that I just kept going. I felt a little twinge of guilt for not stopping. But I don't think I have any obligations (legally) to stop. I hear the lady yelling out of her window-- remember I never came to a full stop- and the yelling got louder. I can hear her through my earphones, but can't make out the words. And the words get louder at a full on screaming of " GET YOUR &^# BACK" and maybe a few more select words. At this point, I feel SCARED to turn around, but I see my turn around point. So I sped up and ran another half mile away from my car. Coming to a more secluded part of the trail, OUT of the sight of the angered women! I finally decided I needed to turn around and head back to my car, I knew that I was approaching about 3 miles out. I needed to get my daughter soon. So I turn around cautiously looking for the angry cigarette women. I see her pulling out, so I keep a steady pace a bit faster than comfortable.
I decided once clear, to Slow it down a little until the last half mile of my run. I then took off running as hard as I could keeping descent form. I stopped my watching looking down at a time of 50:30. ( logged 5.9) I thought maybe that was wrong, but it couldn't have been, I'd only had to stop it once while waiting to cross at the front part of my run.
I then started to take in all the accounts of my run, that might have made me average an 8:33 pace. -Which still looks WRONG to me-
- I ran solo- Therefore not needing to waste breath talking.
- I was scared of the lady!
- I was scared of being in a more secluded area.
- based on my first mile, I was running about 9:20 pace before I had to run for my life :)
- I had to get my daughter, so the pressure to get done was ON!
- I had about 2 half miles of close to sprinting speed.
It really is days like this when you are defined as a runner. I wanted it, so I got it! I wanted to work hard for it no matter what!
We wont talk about the fact that my new kicks are dirty :-( But all in all, it was so worth it!
Hopefully I'll get out tonight before round two of the blizzard makes it's way in town!