I traded 50 and sunny to 20 and windy. Score. My run in Flagstaff can be classified into three categories: The good, the bad, and the very very ugly.
- No.shin.splints. I am now almost certain that it was the busted up hotel treadmill that did me in before. I felt only a slight twinge when I started and no pain after that.
- While out on the run, I ran by a hospital (more on that later). It was a short single story hospital, and before I knew it I heard the whine of a helicopter taking off. I stopped running and got to see life-flight take off! It was so close to me that I felt the wind off of its rotors. Hopefully it was just going for a tax payer funding test run and that no one was actually hurt.
- I got to see snow!! Unfortunately, below is the best example - the shady side of a fence. Fail. Here are two of my cousins playing in it:
- 7,000 feet!? Who thought that it would be a good idea to put a city up that high? Since the oxygen level in the air goes from 21% at sea level to ~16%, I was immediately puffing from the start. I tried to slow down but that didn't seem to help. Ultimately, I was forced to shuffle along running two miles and walking a bit to catch my breath.
- The run was COLD. Around 20 degrees. But, I'll admit, it did make me feel like a bit of a bad ass all bundled up on my top but still wearing shorts.
- To add insult to injury, when I had only two miles left I had to wait a full 4 minutes for what seemed like the longest train in history! I am nearly positive I even saw some of the boxcar children go by.
- I paid a quick visit to the same emergency room where I watched the helicopter.
- I didn't visit the hospital because I was injured. Oh no. It was because I thought that I was going to lay a golden egg! I had felt a slight rumble in my stomach about half way through my run, and I knew that I was going to have to take it VERY easy with even more frequent walk breaks or else I would need to 'make my mark' in the bushes somewhere. Unfortunately, I had to walk a lot, fortunately, I didn't shat myself. So, I have that going for me....which is nice.