This morning I decided to test out my phlegm filled lungs and go for a fast-ish 7 miler. Since this is a marathon week, I had previously planned to only go 5 or 6, but since I wasn’t able to do my long run this weekend because I am hacking like the Marlboro Man, I decided to make it a bit longer.
7.5 miles, 8:00 pace
When I woke up this morning I heard raindrops on my hotel window and immediately thought: “*expletive* 7 miles on the treadmill is going to SUCK”. Not a good way to start the day (still better than getting sprayed by a skunk). When I got down to the hotel gym, the THRONGS of new years resolutioners were in full force and there was actually a line formed to get on any of the 10 or so treadmills. If there is one thing that everyone needs to know about me, it is that I am impatient. Chest cold be damned, rain or shine I was running outside.
Someone above must have liked me that morning because no sooner than I got outside it had stopped raining. SCORE. The run went really well and I didn’t slow down much because of my cold. I really think taking a few extra days off helped me get better faster. In fact, I didn’t cough or wheeze at all while running! While on the run, I didn’t see any skunks mostly because the trail that I would run on was flooded. Blah. However, I did see Yahoo, Cisco, Citrix, AMD, Intel, and a few other high tech companies that are not coming to mind right now. Silicon valley is nerdy – but fun.
Of course, one NOT fun thing about Silicon Valley is that it is very easy to make wrong turns. So, instead of running 7 miles, I accidentally ran 7.5. I miscalculated my turnaround and tacked on a few extra minutes. Not the end of the world since I hadn’t ran in 4 days, but still frustrating when I am in a rush to get to work.
T-5 days to rock and roll AZ!