What do you think about when you are on your own for a long run? Do you wear music?
Typically, I run at least part of my longer runs with others, so I do not have to worry about what to think about. We just talk. Actually, mostly, I listen. Today, however it was time to get in a long run and I was on my own. My car was in the shop – Hi Tech Auto, in East Palmdale – I recommend them. I had my wife drive me to 110th and the aqueduct and drop me off. Getting dropped off far away, or arranging to get picked up is another of my tricks. You can’t exactly quit in the middle when doing so leaves you miles from home or vehicle. The plan, follow the aqueduct all the way to Ave S and then run down S and through Palmdale to the shop at Palmdale Blvd just east of 30th east. I drank a full water on the way over and hid another at P12 to eliminate the need to carry water.
So, I’m standing there at 110th west on the aqueduct watching my wife drive away. There was nothing to do but start running. First thing I noticed was that the prevailing wind was not prevailing. The wind typically comes from the west, but today it was coming from the northEAST. The wind was coming from the east and that was the way I was running. It was going to be a long run. I needed a distraction….
After a half mile, my watch beeped and I made a mental note: 1 40th down, 39/40ths to go. Hmmm, how far is a 30th? Hmmm, 2/3rds of a mile. How far is a 20th? Well that would be a mile. I consumed my time keeping track of all the fractions all the way through my run. It required lots of division in my head, lots of going over things again and again and lots of keeping track of exactly how far I’d already gone:
Num = Numerator, Den= Denominator
Okay, I know…. pretty weird…. but once I got started it just sort of kept going. And then I was done. Well, except for the fact that at 20 miles I was only 200m north of Ave S on 30th St East. I was still a mile and a half from my car. The sun had set. I knew, of course, that if I were to stop that distance, and that time of day, this time of year I would be REALLY cold by the time I got to the garage. So, I just kept running, for another mile anyway. Then I walked the last half mile to get my car. Waiting in the car were several layers of dry clothes to change into for the drive home. Oh, I thought almost nothing about pace, I just ran. I averaged just a tad under 8:30 pace.