I’d had plans to run in the Open Space Preserve, but these plans were abruptly abandoned with a simple phone call. My brother, Robert, was in town doing some handy-man work and needed a place to stay. I couldn’t just leave him to fend for his breakfast.
His overnight stay had a single complication – his cell phone and a single missed call left his phone calling to him every few minutes. The “beep” was followed by either a growl or a bark from our dog. I couldn’t find the phone without waking Robert, and the only way to quiet the dog was to take him downstairs. I slept (almost) on the couch and verbally comforted the dog after each “beep.”
By the time morning hit, I still felt the need for some sleep. I woke Robert, prepared us oatmeal and coffee for breakfast. After my brother was en route to his next job, I got in the car and drove to the paved bike trail instead. On the way, the sky opened up and the rain began pouring down. *sigh* Wonderful.
But aside from not wearing a jacket, or having gloves, my run was fine. The beeps that I heard along the run were music to my ears as it was nothing more than Garminia signaling another mile passed. For most of the run, the rain was light. When my hands began to chill, I pulled some poop-bags, from the dispenser on the trail, and used them to keep my hands warm. I was proud of my resourcefulness. It confirmed that my mind was still working despite the sleep-challenged night.
Another modification that I have recently made was to abandon the use of my old orthotics. I began using SOLE heat-moldable Custom Footbeds three runs ago. I am hoping that they will be the solution to my feet problems as I have lost confidence in my podiatrist. Being able to complete today’s 12 mile run without any issues was a good sign. *knock on wood* So far, my feet are holding up and I have no new blisters.