Jul 06 2015

July 5, 2015 – 51 Miles, Biting flies 93F/34C Pueblo, Fountain, Colorado Springs

July 7, 2015. 41 Miles, Highways, Byways, Rain, Country to City “I’m actually doing this!” Colorado Run – Denver (Read todays Report and Photos here
July 6, 2015. Ran over 31 miles today Day 2 Colorado Run, after yesterday's 51 miles. 82 miles 2 days. Pretty good day, (read about it here). 
July 5, 2015. Made it 51 miles.  It had to do with biting flies in 93F/34C between Pueblo, Fountain, and Colorado Springs.

July 5, 2015.  Not really sure what I'm doing, just trying to do the best I can without a support crew and might just start from South of Pueblo, as that seems the best option, just do what I can and head North. 

IMG_0839A long day. Started across the Arkansas River in S. Pueblo and headed north with a 20 pound pack of water, food, rain gear, etc. This was an alternate plan after just trying to make the most of my 5 day “run” across Colorado. Without support, I’d just start there. The first sign of trouble was a sign indicating the road/route I'd planed to take parallel to I-25 was closed with a bridge broken. I asked some passing people in the opposite direction if they thought I could get through, they assumed I probably could. PuebloSoon as the road was sparsely populated, I noticed some piercing pain in my calves, sure enough a fly latched on, and I killed it. Maybe a minute later, again. And again. I wasn’t sure at first if it was just a swarm in that local area, so kept going. It just got worse and worse, I was swinging my arms, killing the flies every few seconds, and seeing them flying right behind me getting ready to latch on to my calves. I tried not freaking out, but just kept going, hoping I’d get out of the area, or it would get too hot for them, wasn’t sure what to do. A couple miles down the road, I still was flailing my arms about using my buff to swipe at them, and my water bottle to crush them. When the pain and mind numbing torture became unbearable and thinking there’s no way I’d get out of this I started thinking I should turn back. There was no traffic because that bridge was broken. I thought I’d probably get some disease or those flies would bite all my calf skin off, so in the weirdest feeling ever,IMG_0841 I turned back to Pueblo. I’d gone 7 miles with the flies biting. I had to go 7 miles back. And I wasn’t running fast, I was fast walking/jogging because of the heavy pack. Not sure what to do at all, when I got close to Pueblo, Bob Shaw called me, he’d been watching the GPS tracker and I didn’t know. He was going to come out and help for a few hours with food and support. Seeing me turning around, and also seeing from the North side that the bridge was out, we met a few miles later at Wal-Mart to re-evaluate what to do. It was 93 degrees F, and my water was so hot it was disgusting to drink. 

Bob was such a Godsend! He brought Asian food, cold drinks and all kinds of food. I drank quite a bit Dr. Pepper, and other stuff to get some energy in the sun. I was zapped. I’d done just over 19 miles for the morning, and we decided to go about 19 miles North of Pueblo and south of Fountain to drop me off, I wouldn’t have to carry the pack, and I could run for a bit, and get further up the road. [I’d already run the full route from Colorado Springs to Pueblo in March, so wasn’t really worried about every step right now, with the flies and bridge out, it was the new adaptive plan]. Bob went 4-5 miles down the road, I ran a little quicker, though it was still very tough because of the heat, and radiating off the black road, with no wind whatsoever. I guess it “cooled down” to 87 deg F in Fountain, but it was just miserable. Plus I kept getting phantom bite pains, and I’d feel that all day long. IMG_0853Give you the hibby jibbies. Swiping at your arms and neck and legs all day, feeling that piercing stinging feeling, for 16 hours! Ahhhhh. I’d mentioned to Bob how I wonder why the flies go straight for the black compression socks, he said for the flies, my legs looks like a horses ar$e…Oh hahaha. Guess it makes sense. 

Bob did his part, helped crew for a few hours, into civilization North of Fountain where there was plenty of convenience stores should I need it. I took my pack again and walked/ran another 10 miles to downtown Colorado Springs. Wasn’t sure what to do, but the luxury of working there with a gym in my building, I took full advantage of the shower! Yes, after 38 miles, I showered. Then changed decisions again, and decided the best bet was to continue running toward home. 51 miles total and 17 hours out there, it was a long day. Not sure what tomorrow brings, it all depends on the weather. And if these phantom bite pains IMG_0867go away so I can sleep a few hours! I was quite slow, but overall, satisfied with all that transpired today. 111 miles for this week, 2,100 miles in 2015, Day 203 Run Streak. 

31.6 miles https://www.strava.com/activities/340087928

19.2 miles https://www.strava.com/activities/340087903

July 6, 2015. Ran over 31 miles today Day 2 Colorado Run, after yesterday's 51 miles. 82 miles 2 days. Pretty good day, (read about it here). 




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