Thinking Out Loud

run + fall + heat | thinking out loud

Wow,… Thursday…we meet again!…There is a little to talk about with Amanda and her Thinking Out Loud Thursday’s 🙂

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But first…

Let’s go for a run 🙂

It is blazing hot outside – at all hours of the day – the sun just adds to the BLAZING element… I find running EARLY helps stay out of the sun as much as possible…and that time RIGHT when the sun is coming up is the best part of the day!

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what goes up…

…must come down!!

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I took a pretty good fall on the trail last weekend… I was left with a couple small chunks out of my knee, a few small scratches, and one big scratch. I think the big one was a rock…a nice pointy rock…but I am not sure where it went!

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The darker dirt area by the two small trees is where I fell…nothing exciting to trip on. Good thing those trees were there though…or that would have been an interesting tumble down the hill!

Here was where I fell – picture taken the next day in the daylight (since it was dark on the trail when I fell). Yeah, I couldn’t take the hint and went back out to the same trail the next day…for three more loops…I guess I was asking for trouble…

Beautiful trails

Who wouldn’t want to run these trails?!

…the aftermath

Well, I cleaned up my leg and kept medicine on it Saturday and Sunday. Ouch!

On Monday, I went by the clinic to see if I could get some bandages and medicine for it…and the doc didn’t like how the big scratch looked.

So I am now on a 3-times a day dose of antibiotics… Lovely!

With a trail running event this weekend, I hope that this thing heals well… It will soon be put through the gauntlet… 

Psycho Psummer

Don’t trust a race with the work “psycho” in the name…or frankly, with “summer” in the name either!!

This weekend is my 2nd 50K – pretty much a training run for my 50M in September. Yeah, it is a couple weeks early in the training plan, but it was A) local, B) within a short amount of time of the 50K in my training plan, and C) an organised event. 

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I have had some bad luck with getting in my full long runs in the past couple weeks…and I hope that changes this weekend!

oh the heat!

But the persistent heat this week and weekend is going to get me…

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For Saturday, my 50K all day event (because I am slow…), will start in the 80s (bleh…) and top out in the upper 90s (more bleh…) – per current forecast.

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While the weather changes on the hour in KS, I am thinking cool, shivering, snowy thoughts for the next few days…

secretly…

…I am very nervous about this weekend!

I have had issues in the past with my kidneys after long, hot runs…but I wasn’t as prepared for the heat on those runs. I have learned along the way about keeping cool and it has helped!

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But I haven’t run long hours in the heat of the day.

With time cut offs.

On hilly, dirt single track…

Yeah, I am nervous…but optimistic! As much as this is a race, it is more a training run! My bigger race is a mere 7 weeks away and it can likely be just as hot and I will be out there even longer! 

While I want to finish the distance, this is a chance to test out a nutrition plan and enjoy the trails…for up to 9 hours (if I make the cut offs)! Yeah…I am a little (or a lot) crazy : )

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS 

As I mentioned yesterday, my husband has decided to start running! This is a new, exciting venture that I hope sticks for a little while! I could always use a new running buddy – and then I get to live with him and cry and complain together about running…yeah!

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I don’t know how long this new venture will last, but I will do whatever I can to help him be successful and feel the joy of running…(of course after the pain of chaffing and muscle cramps)! : ) Love ya babe!


Check out the linkup with Amanda to see what everyone is thinking (out loud) this Thursday!

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