A lovely day for a 15K
In the meantime, I was thrilled to run 15K (about 9.3 miles) on Wednesday because I haven't gone that far in a while.
The summer heat has been ferocious, so it's difficult to go more than 3 or 4 miles at a time. I still refuse to get up early enough to avoid the sun, so I have to suffer for it when I do run. I've been fairly consistent, running every other day between 2 and 6 miles. My neighborhood is okay, but I like some variety in scenery.
I searched how far it was to the nearest beach (Treasure Island). A round trip was about 15K. I decided to run part of the route on Monday to see how it felt. Much of it was beautiful with lots of cloud cover, which I appreciated. I got drizzled on a little bit, but not too bad.
After crossing the drawbridge leading to the beach, I decided to turn around and call it good. I assumed my total mileage would be about 6, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I had actually done 7 miles. Only 2 shy of the goal!
On Wednesday, I got up around 7:30 wondering if it would rain during my run. It poured all day Tuesday, and the forecast didn't look good. So I took an older pair of shoes and decided to go for it anyway.
I'm so happy that I did. Cloud cover, cool breeze, and the beach in the morning...I couldn't have asked for a better set-up for my longer run.
|View from the drawbridge|
On the way back, I saw this osprey on the drawbridge. He was fishing.
|The osprey dove, but missed the fish. I wish I had caught him at the dive. Here he is pulling up to come back around for another go.|
"but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."
It encourages me so much to keep going and not grow weary. Near the end, I admit it was really difficult. Happily, I made it home and plan to do this route again in the near future.
Next time, The Claw Run.