This morning was the morning I was the most nervous about as we had a long run planned. I was excited to run in one of the most beautiful places in the world, but with my longstanding grumpy stomach, I just didn’t know how it would react in a new environment with new foods. I wanted to fit in 16 miles, so I could do a 20 miler next weekend as I switched up my training to work towards the Santa Clarita Marathon which is quickly approaching.
The morning started out perfect. It wasn’t too hot or humid and though it was dark, it was nice. We also got these cool little Nathan clips that clip onto your shoe and are super bright. I had never seen anything like it! We were off and running and within 2 miles I was slowing down and searching in panic for a bathroom. Per usual. I probably found one of the most disturbing portapotties I’ve seen in my life and we were on our way again. It was a beautiful run once the sun came up but my body was just blah. Heavy legs + great scenery = keep going.
With views like this how can you not keep going. Around mile 11, I knew the best thing for me would be to stop sooner rather than later. I wasn’t feeling 100% and my legs were getting slower and slower. The run was so pretty and if I had gone up one more hill I’m sure I would have been treated to even more views, but it just wasn’t happening today. It was a gentle reminder that not all runs are going to be great or even easy, but you can still take time to enjoy what time you can fit in.