After a great Reeds Lake Triathlon yesterday, I spent the rest of the day relaxing. After the race, we headed up to the Farmer’s Market and got a slew of fresh vegetables to go along with the fresh fruit Jennifer had picked up at a farm stand on Friday. After that, I enjoyed a thrilling, yet disappointing, Notre Dame – Michigan game followed by more disappointment as the Detroit Tigers continued their 5 game skid.
So, today, I decided to put success in my own hands, rather than relying on the Detroit Lions, and went out on a long run. I had attempted a long run back on Thursday. However, I had to cut it short because of lingering stomach issues. Thankfully, my stomach has been better the past couple of days, so hopefully my problem was just due to something I ate earlier in the week.
I headed out on my run at about 11:00 with no firm idea on where or how long I would run. I started by going around Reeds Lake before heading out to Calvin College. I turned around at the end of the Calvin athletic fields. I was at 8.25 miles at this point and was able to refill my water bottle at a drinking fountain. I figured that I could essentially head back the same way I came and get in 15 miles (my goal on Thursday). I actually did the second half on a more direct route that was a bit shorter. By the time I made it back home, I was just hitting the 15 mile mark. I finished in 2:08 for an 8:30-ish pace; not too shabby.
Boy, are my legs tired now. It’s that good, sense-of-accomplishment tiredness, though, which is a great feeling.