Yesterday: 7.4 miles over hard hills, 8:27 pace
Today: 7 miles, 8:30 pace
Yesterday morning I was feeling extremely tired and lazy and instead of getting up to run, I slept in. As a result, I did my hill workout in the evening. Fortunately, the temperatures in Austin are much better these days, so weather wasn't an issue. I waited until 6:45 to leave, because I prefer to run in the dusk/dark at night because the sun is still hot here. I got through the run just fine, but in general I feel better running in the morning. I hypothesize that this is because I like running on an empty stomach, which is easier to achieve right out of bed than at the end of the day. About 15 minutes into my run, I saw a bunny! The bunny was chilling on someone's front yard and he was so still that at first I thought he was a garden decoration! Then he chewed some grass and started hopping towards me so I knew he was real. My second animal sighting came about 45 minutes into my run. At this point it was very dark out. I was running on a quiet, residential street that didn't have any streetlights. (I know that for many of you, this sounds like a strange concept. It is for me too, because in MA all streets have streetlights. Not so in Austin). I then noticed that in someone's driveway there was a young deer, not a baby but not a full grown adult. The deer then pranced across the street to another person's front yard, which was more wooded. From there the deer watched me go by. All in all, it was quite an animal-spotting adventure.
In other news, I registered yesterday for The Mule Trail 30km. It is sponsored by Rogue, and I have previously run 4 of their trail races, which are all really well organized. This, however, will be my first 30km (the other 4 times I did the 10km). The race is on Nov 21st, so I have plenty of time to get some long runs in and I am looking forward to it! It will be held at Muleshoe Bend Park, which is about an hour drive from where I live. Needless to say, it will be a very early morning for me!
The last thing I want to mention is that I will be running the World Wide Festival of Races Half Marathon this weekend. This is a free, non-commercial event where runners from around the globe are encouraged to all run a race during the same weekend. Race options include the 5k, 10k and half marathon length. While many will participate in an organized race, I will be doing a 13.1 mile training run. If you are reading this before the weekend of Oct. 9th, I encourage you to register!
Enjoy the weekend.