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Running toward summer...June runs

Jolt2011-10-08 22:25:40 +0000 #1
I thought we needed a new thread! Yesterday I did a 5K rail trail race in my new town, time was 27:54 putting me about in the middle of the pack as usual. Found out about a weekly group run that I might check out (although it sounds like it might be a bunch of speed demons where I will be the straggler). Today's run was about a half hour on the beach...would have been longer but I forgot to check the tide chart and, Murphy's law, got there right at high tide and had to turn around after 15 minutes because I got to a stretch where the whole beach was underwater and there was no convenient way around it. After my run I decided to go in the water...it was COLD, I stayed in about five minutes, and a guy on the beach commented that he couldn't believe I did that . It took a while to warm up...next time I will bring a thermos of hot tea to drink after doing shenanigans like that.

ETA: Just looked up the water temp at Wells Beach for today and it is 50 degrees according to surfline.com--yikes!
Crankin2011-10-08 22:37:45 +0000 #2
Can't believe you went in that water. It sounds like a nice place for running, though.

How is the new job?
skhill2011-10-08 23:04:43 +0000 #3
That cold ocean water sounds wonderful-- we're mired in a heat wave here... Running on the beach must be great!

Today, I headed over to the track for some speedwork. This time, I brought along the mp3 player, and the music really helped. Did a mile in 7:28, my fastest ever as far as I know.

Then I pretended to be Tyson Gay, who's both the fastest American ever and the fastest fellow alumnus of our high school. He's probably run on this track, as it's the only one in town not behind a locked gate... Of course, he can run the 200 faster than my best 100 this morning!

At 6:30 am, it was hot and humid enough that I was seriously contemplating taking off my shirt, but couldn't bring myself to do it, even though there's women/girls walking around the neighborhood in tops skimpier than my sports bra... I was absolutely drenched with sweat when I got home.
Jolt2011-10-08 23:06:00 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by Crankin

Can't believe you went in that water. It sounds like a nice place for running, though.

How is the new job?

The new job is great--I like the team I am working with and things are coming along nicely as far as learning the ropes. After work today I did that group run...should have gone with the group going 3 miles and not the 6-mile group! It was kind of hot, I'm not used to running with other people, and it was a not-too-exciting out-and-back route along busy roads; between all these factors it wasn't my best run and I felt bad about being the slow person. The good thing is that there are some people in the running group who are training for triathlons and doing some open-water swimming, so I might be able to join them on some of their swims.
limewave2011-10-08 22:39:47 +0000 #5
I had a slow, intermittent jog yesterday. This heat and humidity is killing me! I'm supposed to do 6 hilly miles today . . . we'll see . . .
Crankin2011-10-08 22:59:25 +0000 #6
I went for a trail run this morning. My options were a 42 mile road ride in a semi-urban area in the 90 degree heat/bad air, run on the road, or trail. So, I walked down to the neighborhood trail, about half a mile on the road for my warm up and ran to the end of the connecting trail in the next town. So glad I chose this option! The beginning of the neighborhood trail has 2 wet areas and rolling logs, so I immediately looked like an adventure girl, but after that, it becomes wider and drier. Funny, how the same place looks different when you're doing different activities. Even though I was going slowly, it flew by. On the return, I wanted to avoid the wet, so I took the very steep trail that comes out about 3 doors down from my house. I was able to jog up all but the steepest part, about 1500 feet. I then ran down the side of the road on the dirt to my driveway. Door to door it's 4 miles, but I think I probably ran 3, walked 1. I really should do more of this. I like it much more than running on the road.

Now to wash the DEET off of me.
skhill2011-10-09 01:07:11 +0000 #7
Joy of joys-- I cut my run short this morning because of an approaching thunderstorm!! It's been more than 2 weeks since we've seen a drop of rain... The storm petered out before getting here, but we got a little rain, and there's chances for more today/tonight. Cut the run short at 4.5 miles, and it's all good-- my tight calf can probably use the rest anyway.
limewave2011-10-09 01:35:41 +0000 #8
Major blahs this morning.

15 mile progressive run late last night.

And because my schedule is so wacky, I got up at 4:30 AM to run the scheduled 6 miles this morning. I was worried I would cheat and cut it short, so I did the Bear Lake loop with is closer to 7 miles.

22 miles in 10 hours. I'm beat.

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