7.16.2006

Foggy

I set out at 700 this morning in a heavy shroud of fog. It sat on the pond and rolled up the roads too. The morning was quiet but for a few cars out and about. They came up quickly to my eye though I could hear them far sooner.
My run took me along A1A for five miles. We know it as the Shore Road though it doesn't touch the ocean, only the pond shores. There are swales, as best I can describe them, along the route which made for some good work on my quads.
At Winnapaug Road I headed south to the ocean and tried my first Cliff Block (in some berry flavor). It was okay but I did not have any water other than the fog misting on my tongue. Once I reached the ocean the cars were lining up to pull into the state beach park when it opened. I was there at 800 and they hadn't swung open the gates. What were they waiting for?
I took the opportunity to run through the parking lot and drop into one of the restrooms to pull some water from the sink. That helped clear the Cliff Block. I continued along Atlantic Avenue all the way to the breach way and found a convenience store open. A young lady gave me a plastic bowl of water like one would give a small dog. She could not surrender any inventoried cups. I had no money. I got what I wanted. It was cool.
I worked my way back inland and east to home. The last 3/4 mile was great as it was all downhill. 11.5 miles. 10:00 pace. Book it. Felt good.
The rest of the day was spent at the beach. Ahhhhh.

Note: ankles are tender this evening, especially the left one.

15 comments:

Susan said...

Great job on the 11.5 miles David. Even better spending the rest of the day at the beach.

jeanne said...

wow, nice pace! But are you nuts running that far with no water?!?! Thank god for the nice lady giving you the dog bowl!

21st Century Mom said...

Ditto what Jeanne said. How could you possibly set out without water??!!! Crazy.

I used to work at a State Beach that had inventoried cups. We were supposed to charge people a dime for a cup (in 1973). It was just too stooopid. Nice to see that progress has been firmly halted in the State Beach system :-)

Get a water bottle you can carry - like this. It isn't great running with one but it is much better than dehydration. It also has a little pocket to store some Gu or blocks.

Jank said...

Ah, water is for weenies.

Dunno why running to the beach is always such a great choice.

Running Rabbit said...

Ahhh...the beach...now that's what summer is all about!

jeff said...

okay, so you get kudos for improvising ways to get water. but, dood, don't play that game again! if you colapse and wither up and blow away, who is going to host all the cadets? flipperhead would be lost!

Joe said...

Awesome run, David...what fun...thanks for sharing!!

Susan said...

Jeff has a very good point David.

susie said...

You made no mention of this at the party tonight. You didn't want me to lecture you , did you?

april anne said...

David, I’m looking forward to seeing you soon. Take care and Drink some Water!!

Anne said...

I'm thoroughly enjoying reading about your vacation in Rhode Island and Watch Hill, having spent part of my childhood in Westerly and nearby Stonington, CT.

Run for Chocolate said...

Totally awesome day, i am jealous beyond belief!

beverly said...

I know I could write a comedy sketch about those exalted inventory-controlled cups ... sheesh .... what's with that?!

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