Friday, November 8, 2013

Foggy solo 16

While Ann glammed it up at the Nike San Francisco Women's Half Marathon I experienced the foggiest run of my life. The fog was so dense that I kept having to wipe off my face and squeegee my eyelashes-- something foreign to me because my hat usually keeps my face dry from the elements.

Driving on the Fremont Bridge... where's the bridge?
The moisture in the air also imparted a very slick surface to the dry, packed dirt and leaf-covered rocks. It was so slick and difficult to see through fog and fallen leaves that I ran a bit funny on Maple Trail, trying not to slide on the narrow, banked sections. Lifting my feet higher and placing them more carefully took a big toll and I had some nasty sharp hip pain. It was also exhausting.

Dense fog adds mystery
It made me worry about the Columbia Gorge Half the next weekend, which is our one fast (for us) road race of the year. And then the potentially bodacious Silver Falls Marathon the next weekend...

A log full of bright polkadot mushrooms
To save you the suspense, I was fine. It wasn't the distance and the pain didn't last-- it really was just the odd way I ran in that slick fog, which never really dissipated the whole day. Sure it's not as pretty, but I think I'd rather have good ol' rain!

Sun trying to break through

Fog condenses on a spiderweb

Broken grey-cap mushroom

Parasol mushroom

Here's one way to deal with one of the many recent downed trees

Sunbeams and fog near the end


thurman to maple (LE 4.22)-- 4.22
maple to Leif (6.44)-- 2.66 (6.88)
Leif (6.44) to Saltzman (LE 6.20)-- .24 (7.12)
Saltzman to WW (16.01)-- .5 (7.62)

WW 17 1/2 == break

WW (16.01) to Wild Cherry (WW 7.87)-- 8.14 (15.76)
Wild Cherry to Leif (.31)-- .56 (16.32)
Leif (.31) to car-- .31 (16.63)

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