To explain the sheer joy of today’s run, I have to back up about a week. I was recently sentenced to 25 days of cruel and unusual punishment, also known as treadmill running. Over the course of that trip, I covered 332 miles, 123 of those in one seven day period, including a 3 hour 22 miler. I’m not exactly sure how I managed to make it back with my sanity intact. All of my runs since returning home have been great, simply for the fact that they’ve been outdoors, but today’s was the first run that really felt like fall.
Running around a beautiful lake, the leaves crunching under my feet, cool air and a bright blue sky with puffy clouds. That’s about as good as it gets in my book! My mileage this week has been pretty light, due to work and the fact that I’m playing the role of single father while my wife is out of town. So the combination of rested legs and cool air is making for some decent speed at a relatively easy effort, hopefully it’s a good sign for my upcoming tuneup race, the Wicked 10k in Virginia Beach. I had wanted to use the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon as my tuneup, but the work responsibilities that relegated me to three weeks of treadmill hell, also made me miss that race. So the 10k will have to do, not ideal, but should be ok.