Today we awoke to fog in Montana, thick fog which was a little chilly.
About 2 hours into the run it burnt off to show us why this is nicknamed the ‘Big Sky’ state. Also revealed was the amazing scenery of mountains covered in tightly packed pine trees and a wonderful range of green everywhere – maybe that’s why the sky looked so blue!
This morning though I was simply not in the mood to run. Nope. I’d been waiting for a day like this to crop up and day 16 was it. I was grumpy at the cold start, fed up plodding along in the middle and very miserable as my shin started to get very sore from about half way. It was the type of day that had I been home I’d have cycled rather than run to work, or even caught the train and been reminded of why I cycle/run normally – that usually puts me back in my trainers! But there’s no chance of an off day here so me and my grumpiness plodded for 41 miles along what was possibly one of the most stunning backdrops I’ve ever seen (well the one time I looked up from my doldrums). There were even bald eagles swooping around and chipmunks everywhere but they didn’t lift me. Oh and it turned out to be hot, well warm anyway – about 79 degrees the high. I coped ok but will need lots of water/powerade in the very hot States we’ll run through (I’m definitely drinking more than I thought I would already).
Shin iced now and Dr Justin agrees tendonitis/shin splints (which he also has but is somehow still managing to run really well!). It’s only in the right leg currently and the words of James were in my mind today; ‘you just get injuries that move around your legs from one bit to another everyday’ and the wise words of Mark ‘if you’ve got legs you can run’. Might be a few long days ahead, but then at least I’m moving forward – might as well end the day on a positive note!
Ah and another positive note (well sort of) I had another visit to Subway today (actually that’s a lie; Heidi went and delivered it to me in my hotel room, amazing) and have been led astray into the world of the meatball sub… delicious, there’s no going back now!