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I know, I know, it makes me sound like the biggest running snob ever, but the truth is...12 miles isn't difficult for me anymore. Yes, it's work, but it's a completely different kind of work than is a 20 miler, which takes days to gear up for mentally. 12 is over in less than 2 hours, taking my water belt is enough, without worrying about when and where to refill it.
Last Saturday was no different. Heck, one loop through the subdivision and I was done :D Early in the run I had to wait for a stoplight to cross the street. On the opposite side of the street and crossing the same way was another runner. We waved, then he took the hypotenuse side and I took the two sides of the triangle.
20 minutes later, we were on the same street again! He had taken the shorter route and we were still relatively close. I had a new goal - pass him!!!! Step by step by step I drew closer, then finally passed him. Yay!!!! A mile later, I was enjoying one of my mini walk breaks, chomping on a PowerBar gel bite when I thought I saw him out of the corner of my eye. Nevermind that I had a mouth full of gel bite, I was off! The beginning, middle and end of the story - he wasn't passing me! Period! I ran until I had to wait to cross another street and never saw him again.
This Saturday is an "easy" 8-miler. I really hope I never refer to it as a "baby run...."
Running tip - at big races, there is a photographer at the finish line. DO NOT LOOK DOWN AT YOUR WATCH!!! Look alive, smile for the photo, pose. The watch will be fine for three more seconds.