Hadn't been back to Lake Mercer in a month, so I decided to give that place a go before work. And, let me tell you: spring has certainly sprung for the insect kingdom. The sunny spots looked something like this:
For the first couple of miles, I thought I was okay in the shady spots. Then I realized they were everywhere - I just couldn't see them. After the first four or five hit the back of my throat, I stopped worrying about it. I thought of them as nature's tiny GU packets. Once they landed, I couldn't feel them squirm, so aside from the occasional cough, I was okay.
I went further at Lake Mercer than I ever had, going past the feeder trail to the South Run Rec Center; past the flat strip where power lines are run; under Lee Chapel Road; and to within a quarter-mile of Burke Lake. It would be about 10.5 miles to go from Lake Mercer around Burke Lake and back. I was well content with 5.38 miles today. This trail is hilly. The hills aren't big and long, but there are a lot of short and steep ones.
At the end, I devised a crazy idea - hey, after I climb from lake level to the top of the dam, why don't I break into a run for the last fifth of a mile?? And so I did. I hadn't been that winded in a long time! I was all gaspy, like I was being chased by a donkey. Oh well, it was worth it to know I could average a nine-minute mile pace after jogging five miles in hills.
The lower right leg still seems much improved, so now my worrisome focus is on my left ankle. I hope it isn't tendonitis. My friend thinks it's PMS. I'll have to look that up sometime, but it's Friday night and I'm too busy with the Cabernet.