Friday’s Run

Argh… I must of hit “save” on my last post instead of “publish” because it was still here when I checked this afternoon. I must be getting old.

I had a great run today at lunch. I knew that I was going to run on my VolunteerLanding/James White Greenway 4 mile course because I needed to record some audio for the Phedippidations podcast. The 2 mile turnaround is fairly secluded from vehicular traffic, although if you listen to the my part of the race start podcast, you can hear some avian traffic.

I was playing a little game when I took off. First it was “Guess the Temperature”. It was rather brisk with a coldness (but not bad) in the air. It didn’t have that cold air burn, but it was definitely on the edge of needing bandages or gaurds for the nipple area. Yes, think of them as runner’s pasties. Wet conditions, plus up and down of running and cool conditions can lead to — Well, I was going to put up a picture, but then my google image search for “Running Blood Nipples” or “Running Nipples” didn’t really get me what I wanted, eh-umm —

So back to the story. My original guess was around 67 degrees. Nope, Thompson-Boling had 62 degrees up on the big board. 0-1. So, as I was making my way to mile 1 I guess that my pace was 7:50, and at the first mile marker 7:51. BAMMM! You hear that? That’s me with a direct HIT! Boo-YAH!

My 4 mile run, ended up turning into a Tempo run… I ran the first 2 miles at a slower Tempo run, fast enough that you can feel it, but you can still talk. Then on the way back it was a true tempo as my 3rd mile was a 7:25 and I had no desire to run and talk.

Even with the Lake Loudon hill, I still cranked out a 8:00ish pace for the run and was very pleased. Of course, I am going to pay for this tomorrow as my body will kick into eating mode and I have no more birthday cake! Darn it.

Saturday, I will have the kids all morning and am still trying to figure what I am going to do with them. I am thinking park somewhere, but not sure where. Sunday, I get the day to do what I want and am not sure what I want to do. I’d love to find a place within a 2 hour drive to go trail run and then take pictures. That would be great, but my lack of planning has me doing nothing exciting at this point.

About planet3rry

I'm a husband, father and runner in the Knoxville area. I love the way that running makes me feel and how it has changed my thinking. I am always looking for the new PR whether in the 5k or the marathon