Rain Never Came

That’s not exactly true. It was supposed to rain last night and into today.

Oh Mr. Poopie Pants, if you want to get technical, it did rain last night and it was raining today, but it hasn’t rained since I left the house this morning and although the almighty weather band showed a nice line of green coming to use from the NorthWest, it dissapated into nothingness. We have gotten a very overcast day here in Knoxville and so we have been enjoying very comfortable weather. I even saw people with “jackets” and “Long-sleeved shirts” on… fall is in the air.

I worked on my next installment of my running podcast last night. Oh, the material is almost 2 weeks old, but I’ll stick with it for practice sake. I just have to record the connecting parts and I will be good to go. It won’t have any special fancy intro and outro, it is still in beta, but unlike most betas it shouldn’t crash your system.

Yesterday, I made reference to the color yellow and well I attacked that problem with a liter of water at work that afternoon and then another 1.5 liters of water that night. I did get up twice over night to use the bathroom. Thank goodness I didn’t dream of wetting the bed… I might have just done it…

So, I felt much better today, even though I didn’t get as much sleep as I wanted. So when it came time to workout, I debated whether to run or swim. I was pretty certain that the pool would be configured in the olympic lane configuration (50m length) and so a swim workout would be nice and easy to remember. However, with the overcast and cooler temperature, a run would be rather comfortable.

I was listening to the most recent episode of the Dump Runner’s Club podcast and before I knew it, I was getting my shoes out. So run it was. I took off toward the greenway and figured that I would do a nice 4 mile run. At least that’s what I thought. As I hit the mile 1 split, I saw that my time was 8:04 and I thought that was faster than yesterday, but it was still slow relative for my 5k training. I figured (for no good reason) that I should be running around 7:45ish for a good run.

I picked up the pace and began to run with a little more intent, I didn’t feel that I was running that much faster, but I could tell this was more of my true tempo pace. I thought to myself that I really needed was a running buddy so that I could keep this pace up for 3-4 miles, then I would get a proper tempo workout. I finished the second mile in 7:45… oh yeah!

At the turn around point, I switched up from listening to podcasts and went to straight music. First in the queue: Intergalactic by the Beastie Boys. And I was off… I finished the third mile in a huffing 7:15. I don’t think I could keep that up for a 5k, but it was nice to to see something in that range. Last mile, which includes the Lak Loudon Avenue hill was a 8:46, but my average time was less than 8:00 pace, a definite tempo run.
I have to either crosstrain or take a rest day. I don’t exactly want to but I know that I need to rest my body to get it ready for the weekend (long run). I do have a few errands that I could run, perhaps those will be in order.

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