I'm going to miss him.
In the past the 'Cougar 10' was reserved for a rest day. And who knows, for the guys I was with the pace might have been restful but not for me… First of all I have not been running that much and second of all I am not the kind of guy that can just get off the couch and throw down. I always seem to need a ramping up period to get used to the impact/speed/hills/distance of running.
In addition to Justin I was joined by Bill Huggins and Bradlaugh Robinson (who I had met for the first time last spring on a jaunt up Tiger Mt).
ASIDE - I keep saying spring when technically it's really still winter. I guess it's a Pacific Northwest thing…
We started easy enough and it was awesome to be running in just shorts and a t-shirt! In fact, it was plenty warm and I could have gone topless if I wanted. :) Soon I was wiping the sweat from my face but with no sweat band or long sleeves the movement seemed pretty ineffectual.
The pace ramped up a tiny bit once we crested the hill but not so it was really noticeable. I even led for a while so it could not have been fast. Plus, we were all talking the entire time. About three quarters of the way in we got to a longer descent and whoosh, the pace picked up quite a bit. At the end of the descent are some rollers and it was all I could do to hang on over the first couple. On the third roller I got dropped.
On the upside I only slowed down a little once I was off the back and did not have to walk and did not keel over into the bushes. Bonus. I jogged it out, managed a little spurt of speed for the last quarter mile and when I looked at my watch it said I had gone almost one minute faster than my previous best on this loop. Nice.
Here is my run.
Here is my ride home. I was tired.
|5:00 AM - banana, PowerBar, glass of water w/1 scoop HEED
|bottle w/1 tablet Nuun and 1 scoop HEED
|My left big toe seems to be rubbing my shoes with inordinate force lately… I need to figure that out or I'll have to take two days off after each long run to avoid blisters.
|Time of Day
|run - 6:15 AM
|run - threshold
commute - active recovery
|run - low 60s, clear, dry
|run - Cougar 10
|run - Brooks Cascadia 6, hand-held bottle
commute - Raleigh Mojave 8.0
|Brooks Infinity Short III, Patagonia Capilene 1 Silkweight Stretch T-Shirt