It wasn’t how I planned it but hey, I ran 20 miles!

Hey y’all, I’m writing this post from somewhere on I-75. We were still in Nokomis this morning but MacGyver has to get back.

Hank

Hank is ridin dirty….you know cause he’s in the laundry basket, get it?

We came down Friday Night after work. Originally we had planned to come home Sunday night but then we realized we didn’t have enough time to accomplish some of the things we came down to do so we decided to stay just a tad bit longer.

When we got here I laid out all of my things so that I could go running the next morning. But then Boomer had some issues with his ears and was shaking his head so hard we thought he was going to give himself brain damage.

Sometime around 1AM we got up and put some medicine in his ears and he seemed to feel better. I feel back asleep shortly after but I kept waking up. Until around 5AM that is. Precisely an hour before I was scheduled to get up, that’s when I finally fell asleep and somehow missed my alarm.

overslept
No matter, I had 12 miles on my agenda and that’s what I set out to do, at 7:30AM which is much later than I usually leave but the weather was good so I was ready.

I decided to run the Venetian Waterway Trail rather than the Legacy trail because part of the Legacy Trail is under construction and I didn’t want to have to detour. The only thing I hate about the Venetian trail route is the bridge over 41 because it’s straight up, but I ran over it no problem and soon after that I ran along the water and all I can say is, the view.

Venetian Waterway
About mile 7 I started getting really tired. At first, I thought it was just my mind telling me to quit so I played head games with myself. Like, if I see 2 dolphins I’ll stop and walk but then I actually saw two dolphins so I had to get more specific like, if I see two dolphins jumping out of the water and kissing in the air because no chance of seeing that right? It worked for a while but it was not going to work for 12 miles.

I noticed at mile 8 I was starting to slow down. Normally when I start to slow down, even though I’m trying to keep the same pace, I know my body is trying to tell me something and I was right because shortly after my back started hurting.  So I finished 10 miles and then I walked the last two.

Garmin shot

I have to be honest I was pissed at myself at first but then I decided that I would alter my schedule a bit and do a back to back semi long run if I felt better the next day.

On Sunday morning I got up bright and early, determined, and feeling strong. I ran the Legacy Trail portion this time because I wanted a different view and I really wanted to run 10 miles, but I was ready to call it quits at any time if my body didn’t agree with me.

Fortunately my mind and body were on the same page because that was the best 10 miles I’ve run in a long time. I’m pretty sure I could have gone to twelve too but I didn’t want to push it.

Sun Run
It felt really good and I’ve decided that I like running back to back longish runs. A lot. As a matter of fact, I’m going to incorporate them into my schedule at least a few times a month starting now.

And maybe it’s a mind game but 10 miles doesn’t seem quite as daunting as the 12 and then 6 the next day I had originally planned on running, even though it’s actually more miles in the long run. Long run, hehe, see what I did there.  I know a lot of ultra runners practice back to back long runs and it helps them with their endurance and I’m hoping that maybe it will help me too.

Other than running we didn’t do much this weekend other than work on the house. In case you’re wondering what the new house looks like, here are a few pictures so far.


We worked on the house some but we also visited with my in laws. While we were there a neighbor came over to tell us there were cops at the end of the street and some crazy mayhem going on but let me back up and give you the back story.

When MacGyver’s parents first started coming down to Venice, they fell in love with the area and decided to buy a house here. After a lot of looking around they found one in a quaint little community in Englewood and immediately fell in love. Since they aren’t year round residents I told them about a website I subscribe to that keeps me up to date on any criminal activity and I added the area around the Englewood house to my notifications.

Every now and again I would tell them about things going on in the neighborhoods like the time we had a vehicle theft in Clearwater or the time there was a drug arrest in Nokomis and they would ask me about their little community in Englewood and I would say, ‘crickets’. Nothing ever happens there, ever. I’m pretty sure they roll the sidewalks up at 9PM. It’s pretty much crime free. Until Saturday afternoon.

cops
We ran outside to see what the commotion was and low and behold, detectives, forensics, crime scene tape, it was a serious matter whatever it was. There was much speculation but no one really knew anything except that it was probably bad and we didn’t find out for sure until later the next day.

Sadly it turned out to be a murder and the whole situation was just horrible. You can read about it here. I just feel really sad for the woman’s family and I pray they can find the strength to deal with their loss.

Any ultra runners who run back to back long runs? Have you found it beneficial? In what way?