Over the River and Through the Woods

This weekend’s run wasn’t typical of my normal Saturday runs for a number of reasons:

  1. I ran with the DC Road Runners rather than solo. I couldn’t quite get geared up to run by myself.
  2. Because of #1, I got up at 5:30am on a Saturday. Really.

    I didn’t even know Saturday had a 5:30am. I left my apartment at 6:30am and ran to meet the DCRR group 3 miles away.

  3. We ran through the Glover Archibald trail, which involved running over a river and through some woods! Actually really awesome, but would definitely have gotten lost. I’m thinking a Blair Witch situation, only actually scary and less seizure-inducing.
  4. I got back from the run so early (see #2) that I got back in bed and still got up at a luxuriously late reasonable time.

Overall I’m really glad I went so incredibly early because I a) got to run with people, b) tried a BA* course, and c) avoided the heat. I still don’t think I could run that route without getting lost, so I’m not sure it’s worth trying on my own (see #3).

On a side note, I bought a Vanilla Hammer Gel and took it with me, but it remained in my pocket the entire time (per usual). The DCRRs have a midpoint water stop so I refueled around mile 9 with some Gatorade.

Saturday’s Long Run:


Distance: 18 miles
Time: 2:32:19
Pace: 8:27 min/mile
Average HR: 155 bpm (173 bpm max)


p>*BA = bad ass. simply writing BA makes it seem more scholarly, like a Bachelor of Arts. Why do you think people say BS? Of course it’s for the scholarly connotation of a Bachelor of Science.

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