The alarm went off this morning at 4:30 am. I jumped out of bed, washed my face, threw on my running clothes. I had some water and some Honey Stinger chews. It was sadly a little too early for my digestive tract to get things moving… I was out the door and running at 5:05 am. It was dark and cool out and it felt great. I wore my GPS for distance on my left wrist and my Road ID and my Timex on my right. I set the Timex up to beep 4:1 run/walk intervals. I figured that if I want to run them at IMC I better set my watch to beep them.
There is some road construction happening outside of my neighbourhood. New bike paths and intersections have been built. I was crossing the road, 20 minutes into my run. I’ve ridden over this sidewalk and curb recently and have thought, wow, that was poorly constructed! The curb is pretty high. I must have been a little tired and not picking my feet up properly. I must have caught a toe on the curb. All I knew was that all of a sudden I was falling.
I’m falling…why am I falling? I don’t want to fall!
I sat there for a second or two, feeling thankful that it was so early in the morning and there were no people driving by to witness my humiliation. I surveyed the damage.
Road rash on my right forearm. More road rash on my right hip (but the squishy part, not the boney part), bruising on my right arm where my watch must have been pushed into the skin on impact. I got up and there was no pain.
Alrighty then, run on!
Things went well for the next 10 minutes. But then the activity had gotten my digestive system moving… I ran past a Husky gas station, but at that time in the morning the lights were off and no one was home. OK, 10 minutes away is an Esso station and a Mac’s in a shopping complex. Hopefully one of those would be open. I wanted to cry tears of joy as the Esso came into sight and the lights were blazing! I think the guy working this morning was a little surprised to see me come in that early, but after a quick stop and the purchase of a bottle of water I was on my way.
The 4:1 intervals were great. On every walk break I would take a sip of Infinit from my Camelbak or water from my newly purchased bottle. And it just happened to be recycling day in the neighbourhoods I was running through so once the bottle was done I was able to put it in someone’s recycle bin. 2-1/2 hours in my legs started to feel a little creaky and I was losing steam but I think that was a combination of feeling like I should really be getting to work soon and the fact that I was running out of nutrition and it was heating up. But there we go, 3 hour run done! Now here’s hoping my road rash doesn’t sting in the pool too much tomorrow!