Wednesday, August 13, 2008

0 Run 1, Week 10 (BOHR): Running Well Is The Best Revenge!


Weather Conditions:
Temp: 75° FHumidity: 67%
Warm-up Walk:Start Time: 7:58 pm
Distance: 0.42 miTime: 6:31 minAvg Pace: 15:20 min/miCalories Burned: 44
Start Time:
8:05 pm
Distance: 3.07 miTime: 30:27 minAvg Pace: 9:54 min/miCalories Burned: 320
Cool-down walk:
Start Time: 8:36 pmDistance: 0.39 miTime: 6:01 min
Avg Pace: 15:10 min/miCalories Burned: 41

I wasn't scheduled for a run tonight, but decided to go out for one anyhow as a form of stress relief. I won't elaborate on the reasons (if you've already seen my tweets, that should suffice! ;-) ), but needless to say, I really needed to run tonight!

It was very crowded at the lake, & in addition to the usual obstacle course of spacey people, smokers, & swerving children, tonight had one additional challenge: a plethora of bugs! Of course, being that I was already in an ornery mood from the day's frustrations, I was in NO mood to deal with all of this. The bugs got worse as the night went on, so much so that I had to close my eyes & mouth continually, especially in particular bug-infested areas next to trees, in order to avoid accidentally swallowing them or making an unintentional "instant bug sandwich" just by blinking my eyes. ;-)

By the last lap, I'd had it up to here battling all of the above "challenges," and when a clogged up mass of people refused to move after several appeals from me to yield the right of way, (the later of which were more like rapid-fire iterations), I let out a very visceral "Uuuurrrrrrr!" to express my annoyance in no uncertain terms. Well, that certainly moved them out of the way rather quickly! ;-) A "startlingly" bold-yet-effective tactic! LOL. (I think it's clear that if I'm going to run at my usual lake that I really need to keep to running in the morning; it's so much more pleasant in so many different respects! Sometimes it's not always possible to do this, depending on my work schedule, but I still need to make more of an effort in this regard. If I need to get up at 5 am in order to do this, then that's just what I'll have to do. But, ugh, but getting up that early is often easier said than done. ;-) )

I tried to keep my time to 15 minutes at the half way point (i.e., 2 laps or approximately 1.5 miles), & kept pace fairly well throughout the run, increasing my speed incrementally with each lap. I sped up considerably the final lap, breaking into a "full gallop" on the last 1/4 mile or so. It wasn't my fastest time for the 4 laps, but considering yesterday's performance (LOL!), I'll take it! (I probably could've gone faster if it weren't for the human obstacle course tonight; that's not an excuse, it's just the truth!) Also, it's not bad for a back-to-back run, which I'm not exactly used to doing on a regular basis. (I know this'll have to change when I start marathon training, but for now, I'm perfectly happy running 3-4 times a week!)

Ahhh, I feel one heck of a lot better after today's run. Mission accomplished!

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