Ouch. My 16-mile run today hurt. Well, 14 miles of it was okay and then I hit my very own heartbreak hill. After that my knees really hurt and I could barely limp home. I didn't know if it was so bad because my knees have been tender or if they would just hurt anyway because they were pounded on for over three hours. I felt pretty good after my 15-mile run. I even had some juice left to sprint home when it started raining. But, that run was done mostly in the forest. This run had a little bit of forest but it was mostly pavement.
I was hoping the bike trail would go a good, long distance but it ended and I found myself in town running through bakeries, flower shops, and hair salons. I thought it would be nice to stop for tea and cake at the halfway point. I even had 5 Euro along with me. But I did not stop. There's a passage in Half Broke Horses that reads, "Sometimes it didn't matter how much gumption you had. What mattered were the cards you'd been dealt.". I have plenty of gumption. I was dealt sensitive knees and feet prone to blistering. What I need is sense to know when to quit. But today is not the day.
Before I set out this morning I tried one of Clif's Energy Shots. It was warm, sickly sweet, and I thought I would vomit if I went beyond the first swallow. So I threw it out and stuck with my Shot Bloks.
Distance: 15.97 miles
That's a pretty terrible pace but this run wasn't about speed, and there were some forest portions that slowed me down on the uphill and downhill portions.
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