A few miscellaneous highlights from the past week's workouts. The only unifying theme is that they are all running related.
So last week, on 1 May, I wanted to kick May off with a LSR. I was getting ready to head out in the afternoon, taking a long detour on my way home. My friend, Joe, saw me getting ready to go and got the gleam in his eye and asked if I could wait a few minutes and if he could run with me. Sure, no problem, though I had to reroute my long run route from one long detour to a different one (which turned out to be pretty hilly). It was warm (70-75) and sunny. For us in New England, who are acclimated to 30-40 deg runs, this was pretty warm. We had a great run though, going about 9 miles together and then split up with me having 2 miles to get home and him having 2 miles to get back to UMass. Together, we were averaging about 9 min miles. After we split, the heat and hills sunk in and I slowed to a 10+ pace for the last two miles. I ran into him a couple days later and said that I was beat by the time we split and really slowed down. He gave me a funny wry look, then admitted that after we split, he jogged to the bus stop and took the bus the last mile and a half to campus! I would call him a slacker, but he did put in almost ten at a respectable pace!
Then on Friday, I decided I couldn't put it off any more, I took my semi annual APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test). It involves 2 min of push ups, 2 min of sit ups and a 2 mile run. The scoring table is different for male an female soldiers, and the table is more forgiving the older you get also. So, at 42 years old, in order to get the maximum score per event I have to do 66 push ups (I did 82), 72 sit ups (I did 75) and run in 14:06 (I did it in 13:55). I was super psyched, I think that the last time I ran under 14 min was back in 2000 when I was a young captain! The past few years I have been running in the low 15's to high 14's, so I was happy to see that my running (and weight loss) have really payed off dividends in terms of improvements in my running!
On Sunday afternoon, I wanted to take the kids out on the biking trail and my DW wanted to get some cleaning done (mainly clearing out prior to moving).
So I took the 4 kids with the two big kids on their bikes and the two littles in the jogger and we hit the bike trail. It was a nice day and the trail was busy, we looked like quite a procession I am sure. We went one way about 2.7 miles, stopped for water and a snack, then started heading back. My 4 year old son was cruising but my 6 year old daughter was starting to get tired. She said she wanted to stop, so half way back I pulled over. I parked the buggy and turned to help my son. But my daughter had decided that she wanted to keep going and make it back to the parking lot. So I am dealing with the two big kids when my 2 year old says "Daddy, where are we going?" I turn around and the buggy is rolling down the shoulder of the bike trial and picking up speed heading over the embankment! I sprinted towards it, lunged down the embankment, grabbed the handle and dug my heels into the soft slope. They were not in serious trouble, the embankment was about 10-15 feet and below was a marsh that was soft mud (there were other sections that are open water, so it could have been worse). Fortunately, Elizabeth thought it was funny and Henry didn't seem to mind either. I probably should not have mentioned the incident to the DW after I got home though (she sometimes questions my judgment when it comes to unsafe activities with the kids!)
Also on Sunday, my speedy BIL did his first marathon (he is more of a 5k to 10k to 10 mile racer). He ran the OC Marathon in 3:11. He is pretty speedy, we used to be company commanders together and he would run his APFT 2 miler in sub 11 min and has run the Army 10 miler in sub 60 min. Not too shabby!
Today was a nice cool morning and I wanted to get in a good run before it got hot. I did a ten mile course that is moderately hilly. I warmed up over the first five miles with splits in the 8:15 to 8:45 range. I picked it up a bit on the way back, with sub 8 splits on miles 6, 7, 8, and 10 (mile 10 was in 7:30, but that was with a decent downhill too). I finished in 81:50, for a 8:11 average pace.
Take care, hope everyone has a great week!