Lap 1. Around 2 miles into my run. I had just taken a right at the funeral home...when, I saw something a little out of the ordinary about a block ahead. At first glance, I thought it was just those cute little lawn furniture things people put in their yard to look like real animals. Then, I saw one of them move and quickly realized that these does were in face REAL. And then, for a moment, it was like time stood still.
I wasn't focused on form or pace or how I had like a billion more miles to run. Or the fact that the bro tank I decided to run in this morning was WAY too big for me. Nope. None of those trivial things mattered at that point. I was entirely consumed by just how spectacular of a moment I had stumbled upon. This was probably the closest I have ever been to wild deer in my life. And I wanted to savor every second of it.
Unfortunately I hadn't ran more than 50 feet when these two majestic creatures decided that it was time to make a run for it. They gracefully crossed the road, onto the same sidewalk that I had ran on countless times. For a brief moment, they paused to make eye contact with me. This was when I got a little panicky because like there is no way I could ever out run one deer, let alone two if they decided to chase me. Thankfully, I must have looked really threatening (and totally buff in my 'Sun's out Guns out' shirt) because they then proceed to cut through someone else's yard and go back to the "wild."
The rest of my 8 mile run was not nearly as exciting, sadly. I found myself having a whole lot of extra pep in my step after this one of a kind encounter, and running a little bit on the fast side for the next mile or so. By the start of lap 2, I was really struggling to pick up the pace. But, by some miracle, "Sorry Not Sorry" by Demi Lovato came on at the perfect moment and made everything better. Not perfect or fast by any means, but better nonetheless.
Admittedly, I waited a little late to take my energy gel. Because, THE PACKAGE SAYS BETWEEN 45-60 MINUTES INTO EXERCISE. So, it would be completely inappropriate/highly illegal to take it at like the 38 minute mark when you're only 4 miles in and feeling like you have nothing left to give. Anyhow, this was my first time trying the Clif brand of energy gel and I was super impressed. The Mocha flavor legit tasted like Mocha coffee and it was the perfect consistency.
I certainly think that this brand of gel worked better for me energy wise than the GU brand...but that could just be a placebo effect honestly cause I was pretty gased by the time I took that first sip.
In other news, still dealing with the pelvic pain...and 1,000% sure I will not be going to the chiropractor any time soon. Because, I ain't about that whole taking off 2-17,000 days from running just to let my body heal. MY BODY IS SO SO STRONG...IT CAN HANDLE PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING AT THIS POINT. So, the minute I finish this blog post I am gonna pop some Tylenol and Ice the pain away...or at least try.
The weird thing about this pain, is that it has zero impact on my squatting ability. I was able to back squat 95 lbs. today for 10 reps without issue. The running and core work are the only things that seem to irritate it. But, you better believe I still got in my 5 sets of 35 sit ups today!!! THERES NOTHING HOLDING ME BACK. If you didn't get the Shawn Mendes reference I seriously question your taste in music.
Now, the real question is....will I be able to limit myself to 6 miles tomorrow?! Oh dear (deer), I don't think so!