Tuesday, July 22, 2008

0 Run 2, Week 6 (BOHR): Pretty Good Run (For Only An Hour's Sleep The Night Before!)


Weather Conditions:
Temp: 75° FHumidity: 70%
Warm-up Walk:Start Time: 7:49 am
Distance: 0.39 miTime: 6:14 minAvg Pace: 15:49 min/miCalories Burned: 41
Start Time:
7:56 am
Distance: 3.19 miTime: 33:08 minAvg Pace: 10:22 min/miCalories Burned: 332
Cool-down walk:
Start Time: 8:31 am (?)Distance: ?Time: ?
Avg Pace: ?Calories Burned: ?

Today's my day off, but I still have to be at a 9 am meeting at work (which doesn't really make it feel like a day off, since the meeting's often run until noon & I can't sleep in -- Hmmmph!), so this is going to be my shortest post ever. ;-)

It was fairly hot & humid this morning, despite the fact that I actually made it out the door before 8 am. ;-) However, it didn't feel so daunting, since I was armed with my Nathan hydration system, this time stocked with two 10 oz. bottles. ;-)

By the end of the run I emptied both bottles. I was a bit tired from blogging nonstop the other night. (Don't ask what got into me. It was one of those nights in which I just had to write, & apparently, it was more important than getting sleep. ;-) ) Of course, I had to go to work the next day, but was surprisingly awake. And then, the other "of course" is that I paid the price a bit this morning during my run (!) -- I ran a bit slower today, although it still was a pretty good run even if you remove the "lack of sleep" factor.

OK, got to get ready for the meeting. Will probably blog a bit more about the run later, & will also do my pushups after I get back from the meeting. More posts to come.

Have a good morning,


Update (added on Tuesday, 7/22/08 @9:54 am): As promised, I'm adding additional info that I didn't have time to add the first time around, since I was rushing off to a meeting, (which they didn't cancel until I'd already gotten to work -- No comment!!!).

So, I noticed some more familiar strangers today. There was a senior-aged guy there (with his wife -- they looked like they were in their mid-to-late sixties or possibly early seventies), who'd started off walking, ran a lap, & then rejoined his wife as she was making her way around the lake. During the fellow's lap of running around the lake, he smiled at me in recognition as we passed each other; I smiled at the wife, but she didn't see me; she was clearly in her own world, deep in thought.

The funny thing is that I think I might've seen this very same guy running the Twilighter earlier this week. Not 100% sure if it was him or not at the race, since I wasn't really paying attention when the person who looked sort of like him was crossing the finish line. (It was hard to get a good look at the fellow's face during the race; he'd whizzed by pretty fast!) The fellow at the lake had a very short running stride, but I can't recall if it was similar enough to the guy I'd seen finish the race.

I wanted to ask him if that'd been him I'd seen running in the race this weekend, but I'd stopped short of asking, since I was in a hurry to finish today's run. So, smiling at each other was pretty much the extent of our social exchange.

[Normally, I'm fairly outgoing (& when so inclined, can typically approach familiar strangers & even absolute strangers with relative ease), but today I was feeling a bit tired, & also, there wasn't really an opportunity to ask. By that point, I was running & he'd stopped to walk. Frankly, I'd have to have slowed down to get the question in & wait for the answer, & today wasn't the time for that, since I was already pressed for time. And anyhow, I was only mildly curious. ;-) ]

There's also a grey-haired man who always seems to be walking around the lake in the morning the same time I'm running around it. I'd gauge his age as somewhere in the late fifties or early sixties. He wears the same Oakley-esque sunglasses & typically wears a grey or light-colored shirt & white shorts. By this point, we are well aware of each other. ;-)

I didn't see the speedy gentleman (runner) with the curly greyish-brown hair & beard today, & haven't seen him very much at all lately at the lake, but that's because lately I've done more night & indoor treadmill runs. ;-)

As far as additional details about the run itself: Other than feeling slightly tired (you'd have thought it'd have been more than just slightly, but it wasn't!), my stomach wasn't cooperating. Of course, it was my own damned fault, since I'd downed the vitamins & glucosamine chondroitin shortly before heading out for my run. I tried to mitigate the nausea with a sip of milk (OK, I admit that since I was in a hurry, I drank from the carton -- Shhhh, don't tell anyone! ;-) ), to coat the stomach, but it didn't seem to help enough.

I felt rushed doing my walk this morning, & perhaps didn't have enough time to allow my stomach to settle. But it did get a lot better by the second lap. I ran what felt like a very moderate pace, & it was only until the final lap that I really turned on the turbo-charge. ;-)

Part of the reason that I didn't run my usual pace for the first three laps was certainly due to the lack of sleep, but the other part was that I felt fairly nauseous for about half of my run. When I sped up, my stomach revolted. ;-) My body usually sends me unmistakably direct signals, & has its own way of letting me know what it can handle. And it was clear that my stomach was giving me instructions to not go any faster, lest it take action & send me second-&-much-less-pleasant message. ;-) (I absolutely abhor throwing up; OK, certainly no one really likes it, but it's probably on my top-10 list of most un-favorite experiences. ;-) )

At any rate, the legs, heart, & lungs felt good though, even in the heat & high humidity, & I'm sure that under different circumstances, & with the cooperation of my stomach, that I could've done a lot better. But it is what it is, & I'm not going to get my knickers in a bunch over it. ;-)

I know I definitely motored the last lap. My stomach did surprisingly well on the final lap, so there wasn't too much nausea to contend with at that point.

All in all, it was a decent run. I think I'm going to make a point of going to bed early tonight.

OK, now it's time to do those pushups.......

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