Leslie Runs

My journey as a long distance runner who started the sport later in life.

Fitness Journal, Day 5 (#justfingers #runjoglog)

Day and Date: Sunday, July 6, 2014

Activity: time – 8:10 am, duration – 54:23, type – running, intensity – long slow distance (6:52 min/km pace)

Feelings: I was eager to get out and get my Sunday morning run over with. I wanted to go, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes a LSD run feels best when it’s over. This area is tough to run in because there are many hard hills (see image), there has been so much rain that the grader has left the road gravel very loose, and you never know when you might meet an unfriendly dog or two. With my hand sore and stiff the dog thing is really a key issue.

A 740 m 10.1% grade hill in Hastings Highlands, Ontario

A 740 m 10.1% grade hill in Hastings Highlands, Ontario

Nutrition: Today has just started and I have so far eaten a banana, two small naan breads with butter, and two coffees with almond milk. With leftover curried lentils and cauliflower in the fridge (thanks, mom!) I am well on my way to earning my full fruit and vegetable points for LWC today.

Body Assessment: It still feels fine, though I really must investigate my foot because it seems like the toenail of one toe is digging into the side of its neighbour. This is not comfortable when I am running.

Gratitude: Today I am grateful for:

  1. My memory because so far I still remember the Latin names of the plant species I see when I am out and about in the backwoods of Ontario.
  2. Monarch butterflies because I saw one today and that makes it likely that between us we have seen three in the area, so we can only hope the species is making a comeback from its recent crash. Please don’t cut down your milkweed (Asclepias spp.), that’s what they eat!
  3. My legs because after a 6 km run I was still able to make it up that ridiculous 740 m hill over which the altitude increases by 75 m. The folks at CalcuNation suggest that this is a 10.1% hill, which is mind blowing considering we are not in the actual mountains.
  4. The wind because I would have been eaten alive by deer flies if it hadn’t been brisk during my run.
  5. The open spaces in Canada that allow for outdoor play and the prolonged amusement of small children.
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