This was one of the hardest runs I've had in a while. I didn't get out the door until later than usual and it was 45 degrees out. If you run when the sun is low in the sky, 45 degrees is pretty cool. Today, I was running in 45 degree weather when the sun was high in the sky and I wore more layers than necessary when the sun is so hot. I was about 5 minutes into my run when I decided the thin fleece I was wearing had to go. I went back home and changed into a long sleeve tech shirt instead. When I headed back out I was much more comfortable.
As soon as I started running, my legs felt tired. On top of that, I chose the hilliest possible long route. According to my Garmin data, there was 625 feet of elevation gain total. I know that doesn't sound like much, but I felt every single one of those feet in my knees on the downhills, and in my hips on the uphills.
At one point, I saw a mass of people walking on a street adjacent to my route. I knew it was probably a charity walk of some sort because nearly everyone in the sea of humanity was wearing pink. I looked it up when I got home and found out they were raising money for breast cancer research. I had never heard of the group, but they had an impressive turnout.
I managed to make it through all 12 miles, but I was miserable by the time I finished. My lower half is indescribably sore at the moment. I'm thinking tomorrow may be an unplanned rest day. Ice and foam rolling will most likely be involved.