Running quote of the week

“I love track running. There’s something about that red 400-meter circle that lets my brain switch off—no roads to cross, no bikes to watch out for.” – Kate Carter

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Predictions variable, but not the humidity

Foggy as humidly possible
Today's run (street): 3.9 miles

Once again, Saturday night predictions of Sunday morning thunderstorms have turned out to be wrong. I was thrilled because I REALLY didn't want to spend any more time on the treadmill this weekend. It looked pretty iffy outside when I was getting ready for my run. I opted to stay local just in case it started pouring and I had to dash home.

I did a quick check out the door before choosing my gear and noticed it felt cool and a little breezy. The local station was showing 63° and I picked a long sleeve hi-visibility shirt to go with running shorts. The low clouds had darkened the sky and I wanted to make sure I was easily seen by drivers.

While I stood waiting for my Garmin to acquire its GPS signal, I caught a flash of yellow in the corner of my eye. I saw that my next door neighbor had started his own run and was bolting down the street. I didn't even know he'd taken up running. He headed south, then west through the middle school, while I went northeast. Even though our neighborhood has dozens of streets and side roads, I predicted I'd see him at some point on my run.

My prediction came true after I'd completed the northern loop of my route and was on my way to the southern end. I saw my yellow-garbed neighbor in the distance coming back towards the school. I don't think he noticed me and I was too far away to catch up to him. I put my focus on catching up and passing a number of walkers who were making their way along the road.

 Today's run conditions per my Garmin
What promised to be a cool and energizing run turned out to be a very humid one. My long sleeved shirt ended up being a bad choice. Even at 94%, the humidity wasn't completely oppressive. This was probably due to the clouds blocking the hot sun. But the humidity fogged my glasses throughout much of the run. Not enough to impair my vision, but enough to be annoying.

I was fortunate to have clear conditions to run outside  this morning and, even with my busy work schedule, I managed to get in over 2 hours of running this week. I really do need to figure out how to consistently get in an additional workout during the week. When I complain about my declining performance, I have to remember that I used to run six days a week without fail and that I'd typically cover over 20 miles in a week.

16 comments:

  1. I was also fooled by the cool weather today. 6 easy miles turned out to be 5 very difficult ones! At least it didn't rain ;-)

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    1. I admire you for doing five. By the end, I was sort of wishing for some drizzle.

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  2. Was it the humidity, or having "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" on your running playlist? :)

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  3. As soon as I read you wore long sleeves, I knew it would be regrettable. This morning if was 55 degrees and overcast. I wore a tank top and shorts for 6+ easy miles and was more than comfortable.

    I would add some more Steely Dan jokes , but I honestly don't know the names of any of their songs.

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    1. You can find their entire catalog if you look them up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bam! (drop mic).

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    2. Yes, they have been inducted along with other musical greats such as Ringo Starr.

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    3. The other anonymous is much nicer than you.

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    4. Sorry. But busting on Steely Dan fans is just something that I do. I've been doing it for quite some time with a good friend, who inexplicably likes them as well.

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    5. I'm sure he gives you just as hard a time about your Justin Bieber CD collection.

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    6. Just checked my running playlist -- artists with the most songs are The Clash, Ramones, U2, Green Day, Rolling Stones, AC/DC. No Bieber. No Steely Dan.

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    7. Pretty solid except for U2. Achtung Baby was okay, but I find most of their music repetitive and uninteresting.

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  4. why aren't any of my posts showing??

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    1. TPP, you crack me up. And you posted today!!!!

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