The alarm buzzed me awake at 330. I wanted to get one final long run in before McNaughton. I figured 35-40 miles. I needed to be out on the trail by 4 so I could be back at home by 1 for a shower and then I need to grocery shop, make a Target run and get both boys hair cut.
Topaz's paw is looking very good. He isn't limping any more. I played Frisbee with him last night for a long time, but I still didn't want to take him out for 35 miles today and I didn't have the time to run a few hours, drive him home, and then run some more. He had to stay home. He woke Tyler up, whining so loudly as I pulled out of the garage.
My run was pretty uneventful. I ran a few hours, watched the sun come up, I came upon 13 deer, I saw pileated woodpeckers, trumpeter swans, Canadian geese, Sandhill Cranes and two bald eagles. The geese, cranes and swans sounded like an orchestra on acid. I must say, the Sandhill Cranes drive me insane. I'm sorry, but I don't like them. At all. They walk around like chickens, bobbing their heads back and forth, making a scratchy noise. I don't like birds, period. I mean, I like the ones I feed in my bird feeders, because they are outside and I am inside. But too many birds scare me. They are certainly back from wherever they go. They were loud and actually got on my nerves after 30 miles, when I decided to grab my ipod out of my gym bag.
I only saw two others on the trail during my run. I was surprised that I was able to get in 40 miles in less than 8 hours. The snow has really melted off of the trail in the past few days. It was probably 50% covered in snow and 50% grass/rock. It was so wonderful not to run in snowshoes! What a treat.
Well, my final high week is in, my final long run, and I'm ready to tackle McNaughton. Two weeks out, it's almost here. Last year I ended up in ER after the race with that crazy asthma breathing episode. I haven't had a problem since McNaughton last year. I'll certainly bring the inhaler along that they gave me last year. I wonder if it still any good?
Off to run errands, or um, drive to complete errands..