Wednesday, March 12, 2008

wednesday night miles

it’s funny how i wrote about the transition to higher daily mileage and, the next day, i was challenged to find time to run those miles! as mentioned in an earlier post, i teach on wednesday nights and don’t get home until at 9 o’clock. i really should run in the morning, before work, but i just can’t drag myself outside that early in the winter. ideally, i should just use wednesday as a scheduled rest day.

i do neither. instead, when i get home, i usually grab a bite to eat and then drag myself outside to run. even at that late hour, it’s easier to run those nighttime miles than to not run at all, or drag myself outside at 5 o’clock in the morning. with my ipod, the miles pass quickly enough.

when i got home tonight i was surprised to find two envelopes from the greater long island running club. one had the tech shirt from caumsett park inside (they ran out at the race and had to order more) and the other one had the official results book. between eating some beef with broccoli and looking at the results book, i didn't get out the door until 9:30!

i thought i'd only run 6 miles, but i felt pretty good in the first mile - an auspicious start! when i finished 6 miles in 45:39, i decided to just go for the additional 2 miles. that worked out well because the last two miles, 7:50 and 7:27, respectively, brought the 8 miles in just under 1:01 - at 1:00:56, a 7:37 pace. a decent improvement over yesterday's 8 miler, which suffered from delayed onset muscle soreness and dead legs!


Meredith said...

I got my Caumsett book yesterday as well. what a great race for a low price! Its a bargain between the race, the book, and the shirt! Can't go wrong.

johnking said...

Thanks for the words of encouragement. It's funny how in the morning we say it might be a rest day today, but as the day DRAGS on, we manage to tell ourself...well maybe a few miles. I said I was only going to run 8 yesterday and it turned into 14.

mindy said...

Nice run! I don't know how you have the energy to go at the end of the day - impressive!