At first I was a little disappointed that I didn't get out earlier to run. But I needed the rest. I've been a tad under the weather lately. And....it was a bit chilly. So the warmer, the better. And...I had the runs. I thought I got it all out earlier. But good thing I didn't leave the house before round two.
So I drove to Usery Pass. I brought some Shot Bloks and some orange HEED. I wasn't sure how many scoops to put in my water bottle, so I put two spoonfuls. I started my ascent. I also started wheezing. Not too bad, though. At mile 1.2 I pulled off behind a Palo Verde to make a wee wee. I also stretched out and took a Shot Blok. Right when I took off, a cyclist caught up to me. He was riding on the other side of the road, but our paces were about the same. I stayed with him for about a quarter mile. (He was going super slow.) I wondered if I'd be able to stay with him all the way to the top. But he pulled away. And I was left all alone. At mile 2.6 I stopped again to blow my nose. I stretched and took another Shot Blok. I thought I had my GPS set to autopause when I stopped, but I guess not. Anyway, it was at this point that I decided to only go 6 miles. Typically I run to the top, or beyond, and it's a 7.3 mile run if I turn around at the top. But since I haven't run more than 3 miles in forever, I didn't think it would be wise to try to more than double up what I'm used to.
I turned around a little after 3 miles and paused for one quick stretch. Then I headed down at a stronger pace. When I got to mile 4 I decided to accelerate the pace for a mile. For the first time in forever I ran a mile in under a 9 min. pace. Then I took it easy the last mile and cruised in. My legs were tired, but my breathing was good.