First I'm behind on EVERYTHING: Blogs, twitter, pooping, trashy reality TV..... basically my life. I'm transitioning my job to another gal which means that I'm transitioning 8 hours a day and then working another 3-6 hours a day. BUT - I am still running. GYAMA (Get Your Ass Moving Anyway). Like everyone else, I get everything done - but I just get less sleep while doing it! :) Here is where I've ended up over the past few days:
-- Monday: 4 recovery miles at 8:15 pace
-- Tuesday: 6 miles with 4 kick ass miles at 6:55 tempo pace
-- Wednesday: 6 sorta long miles at 7:51 pace
Since I have only two weeks left in San Jose (where I travel for work) on Wednesday I decided to
scare the locals with my bare chest get off the treadmill and get out into the streets. I had 6 miles planned at my new "normal" pace of 7:45. The issue? Stoplights. While silicon valley is not super populated there are a TON of stoplights to maneuver. I counted no fewer than 16 stoplights that I went through during my out and back trip. SIXTEEN! It was my own virtual game of Frogger.
Since I'm a bit of a
blogging tool statistics dork, I try to keep my pace as close as possible to what I had planned...but the stoplights slowed me down. If you check out the Garmin pace graph dealie you can see the blue pace spike when I had to stop for a red light.
Normally, as much as I hate to admit it, I jaywalk (jayrun) across. I'll look both ways, make the sign of the cross, validate I have my RoadID on, and sprint across hoping that I don't end up flatter than Mel Gibson's career. It helps me save a bit of time and it is a bit of a impromptu Fartlek run...but it really throws me off.
Am I alone here? (Said in my best Dr Phil voice) I am as serious as a duck at a picnic table. (??? His similes make JUST as little sense) I'm truly interested in hearing how everyone handles these. Jayrun across? Wait it out? Or, strap on your leggings, head band, and maybe a side ponytail and jog in place at the stoplight. Doesn't jogging in place at the stoplight seem so 70s? Shoot - if you're going to do that, you might as well go ALL out 70s and join Jazzercise.
Let me know! As soon as I figure out how to make my own side ponytail, I'm going to get caught up on blogs. I miss seeing what everyone else is doing!!
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