Holy balls, what a difference two days can make. I ran 5 easy miles Thursday. That’s what my training plan called for. And honestly I found it difficult to run at the easy pace that my plan has prescribed. It felt too slow. I felt awkward and clumsy and just well… weird. But it was an enjoyable run. It was cloudy and 35 degrees. There was still a lot of snow on the ground and clinging to the trees. It was beautiful. And I had two running partners for the last half of the run. Two golden retrievers joined me. I don’t know who they belong to, but I’ve seen them in that neighborhood before. They had obviously been having themselves a big ol’ time. They were soaking wet from head to toe (There’s a creek in the area near where they joined me. I suspect they had been swimming.), tails and tongues wagging.
Fast forward to Saturday.
It was 60 degrees and sunny.
Get that? Thursday 35 and snow. Saturday 60 and sun. Thursday tights and long sleeves. Saturday shorts and a tank top. The day was simply gorgeous, but this gal hasn’t run in anything above 40ish degrees in months! I still find it absolutely amazing the role that temperature acclimation plays in my running performance. To put it bluntly, I SUCKED the entire six miles yesterday. The pace that I couldn’t run slow enough to keep on Thursday, I was struggling to run that fast on Saturday.
Ah well. It’ll come back. Maybe.
Update on Harley: He’s doing MUCH better! The bandage is off now. It still looks like hell. It is ugly and gross, but the vet says it looks just like what he wants it to look like. All that dead black skin has sloughed off, and he lost all the hair in the area where the blood flow suffered. All that you see now is that bright red, raw skin. He gave me some disinfectant to spray on it a couple of times a day and said he should be good to go. He’s not acting like it bothers him whatsoever anymore. He’s 100% back to his old self. He and Bella and wrestling in the back yard as I type this. He does still lick it a lot, but that’s to be expected with a dog with a wound. As of right now, we don’t have to go back until the middle of February. He’s due for his shots then anyway, that will hopefully be the final check on his tail. After that, fingers crossed, we’re done!