Saturday, August 30, 2008

1 Run 3, Week 2 (BBOHR): A Very Hot & Humid Run!


Weather Conditions:
Temp: 85° FHumidity:70%
Warm-up Walk:Start Time: 12:29 pm
Distance: 0.31 miTime: 5:00 minAvg Pace: 16:07 min/miCalories Burned: 32
Start Time:
12:41 pm
Distance: 6.38 miTime: 1:09:52 minAvg Pace: 10:56 min/miCalories Burned: 664
Cool-down walk:
Start Time: 1:54 pmDistance: 1.48 mi
Time: 25:02 min
Avg Pace: 16:48 min/miCalories Burned: 155

This morning, as planned, I ran 6 miles in a slightly different location from my usual weekend locale. I knew it was going to be an interesting run from the start, when only a few minutes into my run, I ran past the "Bearded Biker Brigade." These two guys looked like ZZ Tops with bike helmets. ;-) They could've been twins with their matching sunglasses & shaggy grey beards. It was a hilarious site to behold. And it only got more amusing from there. There were lots of cyclists, runners, & walkers all along the trail, & I saw some of them more than a few times as I ran a 3-mile circuit & then looped back around towards the starting point.

There were lots of new sites to behold, & interesting situations to witness. However, right now I'm trying to reign myself in from recounting everything, due to time constraints: I've got to get ready very shortly, & then head on over to downtown DC. I have to run a quick errand there & then Erik & I are hoping to catch an amazing gallery exhibit, which I might blog about later.

So very briefly, here are some other quick details: It was incredibly hot & humid today, & the trail was nowhere near as shaded as the location of my "usual" favorite weekend running spot. On the plus side, it was a much more challenging & interesting run with lots of hills; on the not-so-great side, there were a lot of traffic intersections, which meant pressing crosswalk buttons, & lots of stopping & starting, & pausing my iPod workout multiple times.

As a result, I know my finishing time & pace probably aren't as accurate with all of those stops & starts. If I use the recorded Nike+iPod stats just for my overall, then I probably ran somewhere around a 11:38 mi/mile pace or possibly faster. Not sure. And not exactly caring all that much about it right about now, frankly! Just am happy to be done with the run today. Those of you who've had runs like this, (i.e., where you feel like "Help, I'm melting!" -- I bet some of you are probably picturing that green witch from the Wizard of Oz movie right about now ;-) ), will know exactly what I'm talking about here. ;-)

(I know for a fact that Dan & Steve can certainly relate to this! ;-) )

The run itself was OK. I had a decent level of energy until about mile 4, when I felt my energy reserves start to "dry up" somewhat. I reached for a Gu, which helped a bit. The last mile I'd regained my fighting spirit, & I sped up considerably. I sprinted the last little bit to the finish line, but it wasn't a mad dash or anything. I gave what I had left, which took every ounce of effort to give, due to the high heat & humidity.

Erik also ran 6 miles today as well, although he & I didn't end up running together. He started a bit later than me, & I took a nice long walk as I was waiting for his return.

OK, got to get ready. As promised, I'll be checking in again at some point to share my "news" with you, probably either sometime later today or tomorrow morning. Until then.....

Signing off for now,

1 comment:

Andrew is getting fit said...

New routes are always good I find. Looking forward to your news.

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