Today was a good day for me to run long. I ran 14.03 miles at the rails to trails. The temperature was 75 degrees with humidity at 70% at the start of the run. It was a bit breezy, as usual and, it rained on me for about 10 minutes. My intention was to run 12 miles but I felt so good that I decided to extend it to 14. I’m glad that I did.
The majority of the run was at the rails to trails. I started off at the mid-point of the trail, just past the Bull River Bridge. I had a pocket full of prayer flags -so, I ran west to the end of the trail where the shrine and prayer flags are at. As I ran I saw lots and lots of fiddler crabs. That’s a sign. What kind of sign? It’s a sign that warm weather is here for awhile. You see, when I see the millions of fiddler crabs hanging out at the rtt I know that the cold weather is gone and warm weather is here to stay. I could be wrong, though…since I just made up that hypothesis.
It was on the western section of the rtt that I got rained on for about ten minutes. When I made it to the end of the trail I had to quickly hang the prayer flags and photograph them because the mosquitoes were horrendous. Hanging and photographing the flags took about two minutes and in that time frame I must of killed a hundred mosquitoes on my legs and arms. I really do not think I am exaggerating about that either.
After quickly hanging the prayer flags I ran away from the mosquitoes as fast as I could and kept on going until passing up the mid-point of the trail and continued running even as I passed a frolicking dolphin near the shoreline and, a low flying pelican overhead. I ran all of the bridges on the eastern section of the trail which if my counting is accurate, are 12 small bridges. Well, I didn’t really count the bridges as I ran them. I just kind of guestimated that there must be about twelve of those small bridges spanning the little creek-lets that cross the trail in the three mile span of the eastern section of the trail. Next time I run the trail I’ll go ahead and count the bridges. Upon reaching the other end of the trail (the official beginning of the rtt) I decided to run the newish trail that’s on the other side of the road that takes you into Fort Pulaski.
This newish trail is actually about four years old and hardly anyone uses it. To be honest, I’ve never seen anyone run it before. I’ve run it a good dozen times or so, I would think, though. It’s kind of hidden in a thicket of bushes and small trees. The trail feels very spongy to run on. I wonder if that has something to do with all of the mulch that covers the trail? I don’t know but it feels good to run on especially in vff’s after having run the very hard and rocky rails to trails. The newish trail is approximately 2/3′s of a mile long and ends abruptly at highway 80 right across from the Lazaretto Creek marina road. It’s a very pretty trail and feels very Jurassic parkish when you run it. Whenever I run it I expect a velociraptor to jump out on the trail and eat my brains.
I left the newish trail behind and ran down the Lazaretto creek marina road until I hit the Lazaretto creek pier. On the pier I took a quick picture of the Lazaretto Creek bridge and some boats and then ran back down highway 80 to the entrance of Ft. Pulaski and then into the rails to trails again and finished up my run three miles later.
It was an awesome run. I felt strong during the entire run. My feet felt good. I didn’t have any problems with friction from the bikilas ls like I have on other runs. I did smother my feet with body glide before putting on my grey bikilas today. That probably had a lot to do with the comfort I experienced.
After wrapping up the run I stopped by Publix on the Island and bought a six pack of beer and strawberry yogurt. It was all good.
- 1 pelican
- 1 dolphin
- 1 million fiddler crabs, at least.
- 6 moths
- 3 butterflies
- 4 mocking birds
- 1 seagull
- 1 feral cat
- 1 red cardinal: male
Believe it or not, I did not run with my iphone today. This is the first time that I have run phone-less in months, I believe. I just didn’t want to take a chance of ruining another iphone due to rain. So, I left it behind and relied entirely on my Timex Ironman Run Trainer watch for mapping out the run. The watch performed beautifully. I’ll have to do a gear review on this Timex watch. For now, though, I’ll just say it’s a phenomenal watch for a hardcore runner.
- run log
- mapped run
- total miles on grey bikilas: 115.65
- total real miles for 2012: 237.5
- total treadmill miles for 2012: 41.41
- total Gypsy walk distance: 1.36
- Gypsy walk mapped route
To keep the mileage record straight I ran 4.26 miles on Friday and the 14.03 Saturday. On Sunday, I’m going to run about 8 miles. For next week, my workout is looking like this:
- Monday, 03/26: rest day
- Tuesday, 03/27: 5 miles in the morning, 6 miles in the evening.
- Wednesday, 03/28: 6 miles in the morning, 7 miles in the evening.
- Thursday, 03/29: 10 miles in the morning, 10 miles in the evening.
- Friday, 03/30: 6 miles
- Saturday, 03/31: 18 miles
Thanks so very much for stopping by.
I wish you and yours the very, very best.
Take care and God bless.
See you later alligators…