Monday, August 15, 2011

Hell Hath No Fury

I’m a very lucky man. I have a good job, good enough health, and a family that tolerates my obsession passion of running. But, that isn’t to say that I don’t try to help with their tolerance. Just like that lady on the cable TV show who eats the stuffing out of couch cushions, I normally try to keep my running under the radar. I’ll get up at an ungodly hour and try to be done with most runs before 8am or so (that way I don’t scare the neighbors with my bare chest and my face doesn’t melt off with the Arizona heat). But, this weekend was different.

This weekend, my wife had a bootcamp class that she had to leave for at 6:45am. As in, THE MORNING. Running afterwards wasn’t an option as by the time she got back it would be above 100F. So, what did I do? I got up at 4am, and logged 15 miles (For my buddy QUAD) before 6:30am. They were GLORIOUS. I’m not sure if it was the threat of receiving the wrath of my wife if I didn’t finish, but I had one of my best runs in a LONG time. Things were clicking, I didn’t feel tired and I even felt my pace creeping faster and faster as I was getting closer to home. (15 miles at 7:57 pace, 3 min negative split) My takeaway? For my next marathon, I need to have my wife set up an important appointment 3 hours and 10 minutes after the start. Hell Hath No Fury. . . . . .

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School is starting back up in Phoenix and when I run long, I often have to run through clouds of Axe body spray and Teen Spirit deodorant as kids are waiting for the bus. I mean seriously, was I the smelly kid at school? Do kids now feel the need to hose down with smelly stuff to the point that it keeps the bugs off? I know it had to be bad because I often lose my sense of smell when I am running hard and almost have had to hold my breath to get through the stench. I am pretty sure that these are the people who grow up to run on the treadmill at the gym in full makeup / cologne.




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My sunglasses broke over the weekend. Being the complete tight ass resourceful lazy and practical person I am, I just kept wearing them. I’m fully convinced that I would have been the nerd in the 50s with the tape on the bridge of my nose.


I figure if high school girls can make kissy faces in every single picture, why can’t I? I’d better stock up on Teen Spirit deodorant.

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Finally, as good as my run was on Saturday, today’s run was a sufferfest. I had 10 miles with 5 at 6:45 (tempo) pace on the schedule. I am not sure what it was, but I felt tired and flat. I warmed up a mile and was planning on running the 5 tempo miles. I ran the first one at 6:50 at what seemed like an all out sprint and knew that it was going to be tough. I then resided to some sort of 1 mile hard 1 mile easy that completely defeated the purpose of the tempo run in the first place.

I’m not sure if it is all of the longer miles, but I’m definitely feeling a bit of spring in my step leaving. I mean, I knew that I’d lose a bit of my top end speed, but that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. Fortunately, I’m back up to 2 speed days a week so I’ll rebuild that speed soon enough and will be back to fighting form. Until then, I’m hoping that my wife will schedule a bunch more bootcamp classes. I need some fast run motivation somehow!

20 comments:

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

So, two years ago I was doing a tri, and my sunglasses broke while setting up my transition. They broke the same way yours did. And I didn't have time to acquire another pair. So I had to rock them, like that, during a whole bike and run. Hilarious and awful.

The End.

Nobel4Lit said...

I once ran 20 miles before a Friday morning class (the only time I had open that weekend!). Had to be in my seat by 10 AM, so I forced myself to finish it in 3:10 (fast for me, especially for a long run like that), shower, grab a smoothie, and drive to school 10 miles away in traffic. I'm surprised I didn't pull a muscle in all that! Amazing what a prior commitment can do (sometimes)!

P1t0 said...

All my best runs have been in the early mornings. It's just too bad I can't get up that early for all my runs. :(

Chad said...

quack

Jamoosh said...

Welcome to the dark side of 4:00 AM! One advantage of the the early, EARLY morning run: no Axe or Teen Spirit...

Runners Fuel said...

I love my 4 am workouts! I've got everythine done, showered and already ate breakfast (maybe ever 2) before the hubs even wakes up.

ShutUpandRun said...

The only time I can get my lips to do that is when I have a herpes outbreak. Looks good on you tho.

Al's CL Reviews said...

Good job on the run.

I asked my niece was she makes a Duck Face in all her pictures and ruins them. She defriended me.

Still Running said...

Never got the duck lips thing either -- don't think I'm street enough to understand.

Heidi said...

Awww good Daddy/Hubby. Sometimes it takes having these little guys in your life to learn a bit about fitting it all in.

Having a 17 yr old son and a 15yr old daughter (and her 16 yr old bf) ... I hear ya on the Axe thing. They market that stuff well. All the ads tell you to spray that crap on you and the girls will flock. The girls love it and the boys roll in it like a dog in goose poop. Part of the territory. You'll be there in a decade or so - enjoy hahahahaa! What's really fun is getting in the car with all of them at the same time on a warm day. Talk about sensory overload.

Angie Bee said...

my 11.5 year old is into smelling "older".
Love the duck lips, takes the attention away from the glasses :)

Char said...

Is it just me - but what's with the kissy face photos? They do not look cute or sexy or cool. But maybe I'm just an old fart and don't get it.

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I think I laughed a solid 5 minutes about the sunglasses. Dude, spread your tight cheeks and buy a new pair.

Thanks for the tips on the kissy face. Tricia and I will be using that for the race cameramen in January.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

My bet race times are those in which I've volunteered to host a party right afterwards (and I've done this multiple times, including my husband's birthday party after a 30k TWICE and a family Christmas party after a half-marathon). Nothing like imaging your guests showing up to an empty house to egg you on!

pensive said...

Regarding the AXE body spray: when I was in school, it was Polo. I'll take the body spray.

Kissy Faces Rule! Ask the Olsen Twins! : )

Kate said...

Love that fast early EARLY morning run! What a great feeling to get that accomplished before most people are out of bed. Hopefully if you fell asleep at work you didn't lie on the computer and get keyboard face.

And I know that Axe is for teenage boys, but I'll admit that I love the smell of it and just assume that it was on a grown man and not some kid my son's age.

Joanna said...

You did not seriously wear your sunglasses like that. It's not even a question.

And, did Teen Spirit ever exist as an actual product? Or was that a figment of the early 90s?

Her Name Is Rio said...

Yes, Joana, my daughter rocks the Teen Spirit deodorant. Adam, don't get me started on the AxeEffect. ... :)

The Banter said...

You should really keep the 'making kissy faces to hs girls' at a minimum. You have a wife and kids now.

Grouchy Karen said...

Just so you know, there actually is a technical term for that high school girl "gangsta" pose.


It's called duck face.

Then within that genus, there are several other related species such as the MySpace duck face.

/sigh. Why do I know these things?