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Today was supposed to be a very easy 2.0 miles, however, with us expecting up to 12 inches of snow tomorrow, I figured that I had better get my long run in today. The roads are clear, the temp was 38F when I started with a 5 mph breeze out of the North, which made the long run easier and a hell of a lot safer.
For the first time in a long time, I dressed perfectly for the conditions. Unlined nylon wind pants, compression shorts, a technical sleeveless shirt for a base layer, cotton long sleeve t-shirt and another sleeveless tech shirt (bright yellow – after all it is still hunting season), fleece running gloves and my Brooks HiVis visored hat. I didn’t overheat and become a puddle of sweat and felt really comfortable running (if anything a little cool – pun intended) the entire way.
The run itself was uneventful and I just moved along very consistently. My mind was trying to tell me it was time to stop running and take it easy after I had gone by the 3.0 mile point, but I kept on chugging away. This is the 3rd time I have run this course this year and each time I have made it around without stopping, which to me is a big deal and the times have been a little quicker which is nice.
Last night I really felt like crap, I thought for sure that I was coming down with a nasty cold, so before I went to bed, I had a glass of orange juice and a raw garlic clove. This morning when I woke up, I still felt a little stuffy, my nose was leaking like a faucet, explosive sneezes were happening that kept waking up the cats/dog and my right eye was watering, like I had just watched the “Notebook”.
I succumbed to modern chemistry and took a Pseudaphed (one of the old ones that I had been hoarding for a long time) and then had a great breakfast, along with another raw garlic clove. Yes I believe they help – whether it just keeps people away or kills tiny critters it doesn’t matter, either way I get sick less :-).
I was still sniffling a little bit when I started running, but now I feel fine and hopefully the cold went way. I hate being sick. Surprisingly this is the closest I have been to being sick since I retired back in June. Usually by this time as a school teacher I would have been sick several times and missed at least a couple of days of work, after struggling for days being sick while at work.
Not being exposed to the germ warfare that the kids bring to school with them is one reason, but I really believe that eating healthier, having a lot less stress in my life and getting back into running are helping me fight off many things that I wasn’t able to a year ago.
You know something else have I ever told anyone how much I really, really, love my new life 🙂
Quality of my run: Pretty damn good
I didn’t realize it until just now, but I actually broke 9:00 minute mile pace today, yeah it was 8:59, but just saying, it was for 5.5 miles, gee I might be able to break 60:00 minutes for a 10K. Okay my mind is being sarcastic again and remembering back to how things used to be.
Time of day: 10:30 A.M.
Weight: 175 (down 3 pounds from yesterday?)
Weather: Clear and crisp with 5 mph breeze out of the North
I am glad that I got this long run in today, where tomorrow is predicted to be very, very nasty with up to 12 inches of snow and knowing where we live, we will probably get 14 inches of the white stuff. Oh well, I still plan to go and run a couple anyway – that attitude means: