Just when I was trying to make my peace with running... it tried to kill me again this morning. I did 3.5 miles of forward movement, but there was much groaning and gnashing of teeth.
I want to know who in the h*ll thought running was a good part of a triathlon. Couldn't we have done, you know, swimming, biking, and maybe eating donuts? Or swimming, biking, and horseback riding? Or swimming, road biking, and mountain biking? Or swimming, biking, and roller skating? All of these, if you don't notice, include substantial built in easy periods.
Running requires constant activity, even on the downhill. Unlike my beloved bike, there is no tuck and fly in a run- you are moving your own chub tush all the way. Unlike swimming, the water does not swirl around you and make you feel cool and calm. Horseback riding gives you an instant buddy. Roller skating allows periods of coasting.
Running puts the most strenuous activity at the end of the race. And I therefore believe that the inventor of the triathlon obviously loved punishment, and he wants humanity to cry aloud with weeping.
20 miles on a bike tomorrow. Now that's what I call rest.