Friday, July 25, 2014

Poop and Running - It's not what you think!

Some language ahead. If you have sensitive ears eyes you might want to leave or proceed with caution.

Periodically I'll browse the give-aways on Goodreads and enter the ones I'm interested in. I only win about 1/3 of the ones I enter. So about a month ago, while looking through titles, I started laughing. There was actually a book titled "How to Shit in the Woods". Seriously?! When I made a comment to my husband, he assured me it was a real book that had been around for a while. It was also pretty popular and recommended as funny. I was a bit disbelieving. I mean, I live with a 7 year old boy. Poop isn't really funny anymore.
But against my better judgement, I allowed him to talk me in to entering the give-away. Imagine my chagrin to get an email notification that I'd won.

Sigh! Now I have to read and write about this book.
The book arrived and I was horrified to see that it was an audio book. I'd somehow missed that part. I HATE audio books. And this thing is 4 1/2 hours of someone reading about poop.

But I have several long runs coming up and figured I'd have some time. So last night I downloaded the book onto my phone and went to bed.

I woke up at 3:45am so that I could be at the Y by 4am. I didn't want to be running in the heat.
I placed water a couple of places along the route and made sure I had some breakfast in my stomach. I'd been really careful to stay hydrated and fed the day before. I did NOT want a repeat of last time.

The sunrise coming up over the mountains with the mist was gorgeous. 
The first part of my run was a bit unusual. I usually run with a friend and we talk or I listen to some fast paced, upbeat music. Instead I was listening to someone talk about poop. And it wasn't really that funny. There were a few amusing antidotes, but not enough to keep my brain engaged.
After about an hour of listening I decided I was tired of that sh** and changed to music. 
My speed and mood definitely picked up after that.

The run was gorgeous. The only downside was forgetting my sunglasses. But God provided some beautiful fog at the perfect time. I was turning to run into the sun and this fog surrounded me.
Love how the sun peaking though the trees gives everything a fuzzy look.
I was having a completely different response from two weeks ago and was feeling better. So when all of my water consumption resulted in a very full bladder, I changed my route so I could stop at a gas station to pee.

This resulted in my running 23 miles today. I had planned on 21, but . . .

I finished feeling great. I was a little sore and definitely tired. But I know I could have run another 3 miles. So I'm super stoked about the rest of my training and this marathon!

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