Sunday, June 6, 2010

Short day, short run

Today's run (street): 3.4 miles at 9:34 per mile

It's been a nice weekend despite my need to cut things short and travel to  Washington DC this afternoon. It was nice to see friends last night, especially those who enjoy running as much as I do. I was glad to hear that my friend RDV has signed up for a race later this month. Although he has been running fairly high mileage over the last few years this will only be the second time he has raced. I gave him some guidance to help ensure a better experience. I reinforced the need to go out at a moderate pace and not get swept up by the fast starters who may force him into an unsustainable pace. That's a lesson I learned the hard way last year when I was building my racing experience. I'll keep that in mind for my 8K next Sunday.

I've been feeling tired lately and I think it has much to do with a busy time at work and not getting the important sleep that I've needed. I wish I could sleep past 5:30 AM on weekends to bank some additional rest but I haven't been able to do that. I'm giving a talk on Monday but my voice has been rough over the last couple of days. I need my voice to be in decent shape tomorrow so I questioned whether a run would help my energy level or just run me down further. I felt good enough for an easy three mile run and wore my Brooks to ensure a comfortable experience. I followed a course that differed from my usual neighborhood loop and maintained a pace that allowed me to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the clear springtime morning. The humidity started to get to me by the end of the second mile. I toughed out the third plus a little more before finishing with a total of 3.4 miles. I'm glad I did this run and I'll rest until Tuesday. I'm happy I'll get a few more hours to spend with my family before I leave today. The work week will start again, all too soon.

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