After my post about what a lousy run last Thursday, my run on Monday was nothing more than dismal. I could not find a rhythm, nor could I find anything else that was positive. It didn’t feel right and I was left feeling awkward and defeated. I was only running for about 3/4 of a mile before I called it a day. Unfortunately for me, I had to run back to the aquatic center so that I could keep my schedule.
Then Tuesday, I decided that I would run a hill circuit course in preparation for Big South Fork 17.5 trail run on Spet 29th. But what did we have in the area? Something wet and wild. Rain! We actaully had some rain that wasn’t some microcell dumping 0.5 inches in a localized area. This was an honest shower for the whole East Tennessee Area. Oh, and we needed it so badly to. So, when it came to run it was either 1)Run in the rain or 2)wallow and cry in my own pity party.
I chose the former. I marked out a 4 mile route of what I knew to be more hilly parts of campus and ran the 4 mile course. It rained the entire time, nothing hard until about 1.25 mile to go, the sky just opened up and I was really running in a downpour. It was actually a nice change and somewhat refreshing to have a change of climate (i.e. not 90 frickin’ degrees). I finished the 4 miles in 35:36 (8:54 avg pace) and the last hill, which was the infamous Lake Loudon Hill, I totally destroyed it. I wish that I had marked my time and followed a regular course, because I think I would have had the fastest time up that hill. I was very pleased with my performance.
So I have had a so-so week of running. Thursday’s run will be altered or eliminated due to the expected arrival of the in-laws. I want to finish my run sooner, so that I can spend some time with them. They are here for only a short time and Tomorrow will be about the only time that I will see them. If the planets align properly, I may try for a few miles in the pre-dawn hours, some at lunch and again in the evening. I won’t be able to run with the Soon-To-Be-Doctor David and really not even sure if I will get any mileage in. Still depends on their arrival. Of course, they really aren’t here to see Me and My Lovely and Talented Wife… who are we kidding.