Saturday had me up with sun and lacing up my sneakers so I could pound out 10 miles before the heat kicked in. I needed an LSD(Long Slow Distance) this week that was formidable but relaxing. While it's a little easier to talk yourself of a run when the alarm clock goes off super early, it's totally worth it. My neighborhood is full of hills, open space and deer. At 6am it's beautiful! We've had a very prolific crop of deer this year and the babies are everywhere. They are now finally big enough to hop off on their own and its awesome to see. I watched a young deer gallop away from me and jump up on spring-y legs to nearly twice its height. He did this little stunt over and over again and it just looked like fun.
If you've ever read Eat & Run or Born to Run you know that Scott Jurek has been nicknamed El Venado (the deer in Spanish) by the Tarahumara Indians and watching the deer this morning made it clearly evident why he would earn such a title. Their lean and graceful running form is something we should all try to remember during our own runs and in our own styles. I love how mother nature provides us with little pick me ups and encouragements when we just remember to take a look.
As for the rest of the run, it was good. Slow and mundane and longer than I had meant to (at 10.5 I decided to take the the last mile in a nice walking cool down...much needed). I'm cursing myself today because I did not make it to the running store this week to buy new kicks and I am suffering with several blisters on my toes today...in areas I've never had them before! I am scheduling a shopping trip for sure, no more of this. In other events, we are off to Colorado next weekend for 2 weeks with my family and I really need to start packing!
Hope you had a great weekend.
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