i'm not sure what i was thinking trying to run almost five miles when the longest run i've done in ages is three miles. my only guess is i let the excitement of having an hour off for lunch for the first time since august go to my head. i suppose it could have been the sunny weather or the temps in the 50s. and then there's the possibility that too much caffeine made me do it.
whatever the cause, i bit off more than i should have. i felt okay starting out, but soon felt lousy. i was too tired to run fast, so i just slogged along. i was easy prey for the holden's dogs when i ran past the nature center. it's a good thing they weren't hungry and obeyed my firm "go home" or i'd have been a goner.
i'll chalk this one up as a learning experience and go on.