I planned on running my half marathon course in reverse this morning, but it was really foggy and I wound up running it in the afternoon. Temp was 70-75 degrees but the route is partially shaded. I planned on a continuous run but because the descents in this direction were so steep, I had to walk them. Even so, I may lose a toenail. When I got home, my legs were heavy and I thought they would be pretty sore, but an hour later, after downing a couple grapefruits and two liters of water, I feel better. The good news is that even with the walking, I knocked 15 minutes off my time and averaged 13.3 minute miles. My pedometer shows 23,434 aerobic steps, 1,127 kCal burned. If they let me in at this late date, I'm going to run a 5K in Binghamton on Saturday. Then I'll decide whether to enter a Half Marathon that will also be run in Binghamton on May 6th.
Wild animals encountered on run: Grouse, Plover, Snapping turtle, Rabbit, Deer, Turkey, Chipmunk, Squirrel, Canada Geese, Hawk, and many common birds.
Domestic animals seen: Horses, Nice Dogs, Mean Dogs (on chains, thank you. Where are the owners? No wonder they are mean), Cows, Bulls, Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys, Goats.
Found object: Four pound steel hitch, which I stupidly carried for ten miles when I could have just remembered where it was and got it with the car later. I started shifting it from hand to hand, but I felt that was messing with my balance. Then I hooked it into the back of my shorts. That worked out. It was a constant reminder not to bend at the hips while I ran.