Saturday, February 4, 2012

2.53 miles in 20:01

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i didn't have a lot of time to run this morning since i'm running the clock for a junior high jv basketball tournament which begins at 8:00. clock operators have to be there for warm ups, so that means 7:50. my daughter is in the first game, so that means 7:30 to get ready. time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'.

i walked out the front door with no real idea concerning what i wanted to do other than run. i'd considered cycling, but 20mph winds are NOT fun on a bike, so i settle for running. i thought i might do a longer run, but changed my mind and chose to run the elephant's head. (see the gps map at right. see what i mean?)

i started out feeling just a little sluggish. not a lot of pop in the legs, but once i got warmed up, i felt better and better. since i didn't have a map with me, i spent all my mental work on figuring out the route and didn't have time to worry about pace at all. i guess that's a good thing. will you look at those negative splits?! i sort of sprinted (for an old guy) at the end, running the last quarter mile or so somewhere around 6:45 pace. i toyed with the idea of running a bit further and completing a 5K, but a near-puke experience nixed that.

all in all, i'm pretty happy with the experience. nice pace. artistic route. no rain. dry heaves. it doesn't get any better than that!
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