Thursday, May 05, 2011
Tonight has been the first time I have really ran in a week. I tried to run a couple of nights ago on the treadmill at the gym, but my iPod was dead then and so I just wasn't that into it. Again, I really dislike treadmill running but I guess it's necessary sometimes.
Tonight I wanted to run a total of 5 miles - what I had ran last Wednesday. (It's been so rainy here in North Central PA that I haven't been able to run outside lately). Last night I found out what the race course was for the Port Allegany 5K that I'm running in on Saturday, so I definitely wanted to include that in the distance. I ended up running the 5K course in 31 minutes (give or take, since I don't know where the official start/finish line will be). Then I kept going until I got to 5 miles. I was still a little distance from my house, and since I know my Nike+ doesn't calibrate my distance 100% accurately, I wanted to run just a little bit further. I got to 5.3 miles on the Nike+, and thought, "Heck, I made it this far, maybe I can get to 6 miles." Run, run, run...."OK, now I want to get to 6.2." So that's what I did! According to my iPod I ran 6.2 miles in 1:00:18, for a 9:43 minute per mile pace. Again, I know my iPod is off (the 5K I ran in on 4/2/11 was said that I ran 5.3K for the official 5K course), but woohoo!!! Close enough! Six miles!!! Now I know I will have no problem running that 10K in early June.
But wait, there's more! While I ran the first 4 miles though town, I live on the border of town and country. I ran the last 2 miles through the countryside near my house, and as part of my cool down I walked past a small dairy farm that's not far from my house. As I got closer, one by one 6 cows started coming over to me to give me the once-over. It could be because of my lime green shirt - maybe I looked like a big green piece of grass! LOL I wish I could have had my phone with me to take a picture. All 6 cows were lined up in front of me with only a barbed wire fence between us. So I said "Hi Moo Cows" (what my son calls them) and talked to them for a little while (I know, I'm a little weird, but I did grow up in dairy farm country!) . One even let me rub his nose a bit and feed him a bunch of grass. What a great and entertaining way to end my 6 mile run! One cow per mile!