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We all do it.  We plan something out to succeed, think it through again and run with it.  Then, when you get good and committed on your path, something goes awry and there is no going back.  If you are like me and you continue to plow ahead after realizing you are doomed, the plan’s failure gets more monumental.

Have you ever used the MapMyRun/Bike/Hike/Whatever app?  It is a great app for tracking your runs and results.  I, against all better judgement, do not run with my phone because I just have no place to put it.  So I use the computer to plan runs and my iPod Shuffle to time them.  Then I imput the time on the phone app when I get home, post the run to Facebook, and voila, I am tracking my runs.

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This program is a time-saver because I can plan my runs using the mapping feature on the computer instead of driving around trying to come up with, say, a 7-mile distance to run.  When I made my 6-mile loop, I used roads I had not driven before, but had driven by.  It worked out well. 

The Planned 7-Mile Run

Not so much with my 7-mile distance.

I ran almost 5 of the 7 miles with the idea of cutting through a road I had mapped to get back.  On my end of the road, there is a gate that runners and bikers regularly skirt.  Apparently they aren’t running all the way through.  On the other end of the road, is a very large gate and fence with no obvious path around.  So instead of turning around, I wanted to make sure I got my 7 miles in and I kept running.  Good idea, right?

The original plan was go just past the cross-road, then turn around and take it.  I didn’t see the side street I had designated as my turn around point, so I kept running.  I thought, maybe it was further ahead?  When I got to the next town, I knew it was time to turn around.  I double-checked the cross-road and there were definitely no paths worn around the fence.  So I ran back to the main road to take the longer way back home.

Then I remembered a new problem, I always write down my miles and ETA for my husband, in the event something happens to me.  How far extra had I run?  How much time could elapse from that ETA before I was in real trouble?  So I ran faster on already tired legs.

I got good news about a 1/2 mile from home.  I could hear the church bells ringing out 9 AM.  I had written down “9-ish” for my husband.  A few more minutes and I would be there!

Of course when I got there, I found that my husband had not bothered to read the board and so had no idea of when to expect me.

In the end, I only ran an extra 1/2 mile over the 7 planned and in good time too.  At least next Sunday, 8 miles won’t seem so much further.

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