I had a 17km LSD on my training schedule for today. I was all gung-ho after a good night sleep and for what seemed like ideal conditions weather-wise. I got out my front door at 7:35am and very soon was thankful for the long pants, long sleeve tech top and gloves. I ran and I ran and I ran and getting into a groove just wasn't happening. Three times I took a turn in the road and headed back towards home but veered away just before I got there and thought just do two more kilometers. Each time I was almost home I said just do 2 more km! At one point I felt like I was going to wolf my cookies but that went away then I thought I was going to have the runs but that went away then I started to see that kaleidoscope effect out of the corner of my eye but that went away. I fought the wind for a large portion of my run. I felt like I was breathing heavy the whole time. With a couple of kilometers to go, I really had to pee bad and also I could feel a blister starting on the arch of my right foot.
The whole run was ugly! I could not find pretty anywhere! I knew I had to push on though, and overcome ugly because on race day, ugly could make an appearance and you need to know how to deal with it. I ended up back at my front door 1:57:23 later after covering 17.4 km.