1) Garmin announced at about mile 1.2 that he had a low battery. This was absolutely my own fault. I was thinking of the low mileage I had done this week and had failed to realize that my 20 miler last Friday was from the same battery charge. I cursed Garmin. I cursed myself. I cursed my reliance on techy gadgets for running bliss. I know the route that makes 12 miles but knew I had little flexibility in changing the run total once I went past certain points. This was also a major kill-joy since I am operating on a run-walk-eat-blok plan every X miles.
2) Though by no means HOT, it was sunny and warm which is the achilles heel of RoadBunner running happiness.
3) I was really looking forward to this run, but my body was just not that into it today.
4) Since I knew I wouldn't be able to do a 10 or 11 mile run once I commenced the loop that would make it 12 I decided early on to cut back to 10 miles (because of #'s 2 and 3). I repeated the loop around Stow Lake three times (roughly 1 mile each) and made mental notes of mile markers so that I would know when to eat my blok and how far to walk in case Garmin died.
I felt pretty decent towards the end so tacked on an extra mile to make eleven. Miraculously Garmin survived the entire run. Thanks, little buddy!
Marathon 8 days away...