This was my fourth attempt to run all the way home from work. FAIL! I think it's about 15.5 miles home, so I should be able to do it. The problem was I left at 6:30pm and it was already getting dark after a half hour.
I had a friend/coworker pick me up and take me to work this morning. I packed all my gear except my headlamp. That would have been useful because at mile 6.5 I fell in a hole. I saw it coming, but didn't think it would be as deep as it was. So the fall didn't hurt, but my glasses fell off, and it was difficult to locate them in the dark with blurred vision and in a state of daze and confusement.
The temperature when I left was 101 and 97 when I finished. The Gatorade that I put in the freezer all day completely melted after an hour. I took a GU at mile 9. Some people tell me that they can feel the surge of energy after popping them. They do nothing for me. Am I too fat? At mile 10 I called my wife. The darkness was ridiculous and not making the run fun. I finished off my Gatorade knowing she was bringing me ice cold water. A couple of blog entries ago I mentioned that blueberry pomegranate Gatorade is the best. It's so good I think I picked it off the shelf of AJ's Fine Foods. Well after holding it in my hand for an hour and a half it tends to get foamy. Then it's not quite as tasty.
My average pace was around 9:20. My leg doesn't feel too bad, but I should go stretch it now.