Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday but not a Super run

Go teams!
Today's run (treadmill): 5.1 miles

Apparently there's some big football game happening today. I'm not much of a sports fan (except for running), especially at the professional level. My youthful obsession with the Boston Red Sox and Bruins gave way to the practical realization that a favorite player's loyalty only extended to the length of his contract. In terms of my interest in today's Super Bowl, I'll go as far as to say that I'm curious to see some of the commercials.

My plan this morning was to get outside and run in my neighborhood, something that I have not done since January 15th. Conditions were okay to do that, with moderately warm temperatures outside and fairly clear streets. There was fog, but it was dissipating. I have some high visibility clothing (and pulsating LED lights) that would have ensured that I'd be easily seen.

I was tired after I'd woken up and I found it hard to motivate myself to get out and run. I knew I'd do it, but as the morning grew long, I decided to follow my wife on the treadmill after she'd completed her workout. I was determined to put in my five miles, even if it was going to happen inside.

I started my run at a brisk pace, but dialed it down at the two mile point. I wasn't fatigued, but I thought the original pace would be hard to sustain throughout the next three miles. The warmer temperatures outside translated into hot conditions inside. By mile three, it felt as hot and humid as summer. I ended up bringing my speed back up to my original pace for the last half mile. When I finally finished, I debated whether a nap would be preferable to a shower. I went with the shower.

Tomorrow is my rest day and I'm looking forward to some recovery time. I'm debating whether I'll even turn on the game later, but I am interested in the fact that it's taking place in the NY area. Either way, I'll be glad when I'm finally be able to walk through Time Square without dodging Super Bowl events. Even more, I'll be thrilled to get past the ongoing debate between New York and New Jersey on the provenance of the Super Bowl.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks - I see you ran Selden today. How do you do it?

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  2. My first inclination is to say I felt an obligation to be there. I knew I needed to run again outside Sunday, because the rest of the week meant back on the treadmill. Then I thought about my available running routes. Was totally not interested running around town. Selden seemed like the way to go!

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    1. That sounded like an extremely difficult 6.2 miles. Amazing how dissatisfaction from the treadmill can motivate us to get outside!

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  3. The weather improved by the afternoon. It was perfect running conditions, unless your form is lopsided and you run into a lost dog.

    I only watch for the commercials and entertainment. I thought Bruno Mars was great. The Chili Peppers haven't ages. The dedication by the troops were great. Loved the The Matrix commercial, Seinfeld, Dorito, Direct TV, and the Muppets!

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    1. I ended up watching the entire game! I didn't find any of the commercials particularly compelling, but I'll agree that the recognition of the troops was inspiring.

      I'm going to check out SIOR to get the details on the doggie.

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