Yesterday was a balmy 32 degrees (compared to today’s 7 (-17 with windchill factored in) it IS balmy!), seemed like a great time to go run.. Especially since I had missed my planned race.
While I do like the song (although it may have been a decade or two since I have listened to ANYTHING by Iron Maiden), I actually can’t say I have ever felt lonely while running… I suspect the person who wrote it, was NOT a runner… I’ve always enjoyed the solitude… Heck, take a look at races with thousands of people in them, the majority of the runners are still running “alone” as the are focused on what they are doing.
Ah, but I have been side tracked.. My run. As I started, my legs wanted to return to my under-8 minute a mile pace from the previous week’s run. Unfortunately, my lungs (and more importantly, the traffic lights) did not want to cooperate. (For the record, I’m a stand and glare at the light runner) It is all ok though, because the run felt pretty good, despite the breathing not going as planned. I had enough time to get a few miles in before my wife and I had to leave for our Valentines’ Day dinner.
Well, that was the plan.. In reality, I went in, and waited 20 minutes as rehearsal ran late (holy first world problem batman!). I guess I should have run home! It all worked out though, and my wife got to hang out in the car playing “Clash of Clans.”
I was not able to keep the sub-8 times throughout the run. I guess I just couldn’t
focus breathe well enough. That first mile went really well, but I arrived (just after the first mile) at a light that had JUST changed… lots of waiting and glaring.
For the last month, I had been listening to an audio book (Firefight, by Brandon Sanderson) while I ran – but I finally finished it. I went with music yesterday, and I wasn’t able to focus as well. I also set up the playlist wrong, which might have been part of it.
With all the
first world problems things that I had wrong yesterday, I am quite pleased with the run, and I enjoyed it.. With today’s temperatures?
I think I will go play in the water instead of on the road.