Monday, May 9, 2011

Lightning Fast Tempo Run ... Sorta???

            Course:  Downtown LS Out & Back
                Miles:  12            
                Time:  1:31:07
        Avg Pace:  7:35/mile
            Avg HR:  161
         Workout:   Tempo Run
               Temp:  70 Degrees, Humidity 65%, Wind 12SSE
Miles this week:  12

Early morning lightning this morning as the Thunderstorms rolled out
 I intended to run a fast tempo run this morning, but only really met about half of my time goals.  It was a great run overall, though.  I felt faster and stronger than I have since way before my last marathon ... but I was just a little off for some reason.

When I woke up at 4am, there were Thunderstorms still in the area from overnight with constant lightning flashes off in the distance.  I took this photo in June of 2009, and it is exactly what the sky looked like this morning.  The light show made for an awesome run, and the flashes were far enough in the distance that I didn't ever feel at risk by being outside.

I warmed up at a good pace and then began speeding up to a pretty fast tempo (fast for me anyway, I know others are much faster), but after a while I just really seemed to "lose interest" in going that fast.  My heart rate was fine and I felt really strong, but I just looked down at my Garmin at some point, and thought ... this is pretty silly this early in the morning.  After that I slowed down a little.

Here are the splits ...
8:46, 8:09, 8:12, 7:52, 7:35, 7:17, 6:40, 6:25, 7:39, 7:20, 7:28, 7:44

Um, notice the drop-off after mile 8 ... yeah, the next two were supposed to be between 6:25 and 6:45 too.  I think with a little more motivation or "something" I could have completed the scheduled workout, but I really slowed down.  Overall it was a still a good run though.

At about mile 1.25 I saw a familiar shadowy figure a few hundred feet ahead of me ... it was Michael!  Wow, imagine seeing her here.  We had just seen a dead snake a few blocks back that weirded us both out. I smacked her on the butt and off we went to meet back at home later!  All in all it was a good run, just "wasn't feelin' it" for some reason.  Oh well, there's always tomorrow!
... be great today! 


  1. Some days just aren't there. I am sure tomorrow will be better!

  2. Very nice run. Very up beat thought process.

  3. Hey!! Nice photo above! Is it bad that I'm slightly more impressed with the cool pic than the splits!? I've always wanted to take a shot of lightening.

    By the way, you're last comment about my favorite sporting goods store has got me laughing like crazy! Best response yet!

  4. I hate runs when you are not feeling it. Kudos for getting out there and running anyway.

    Your splits dont look too bad.

    Wow you ran into Michael, how werid is that... haha

  5. Glad to hear crazy runners like you have those not feeling it today runs too. You still kicked butt. Tomorrow is another day.

  6. its pretty silly to be out doing anything that early, much less running FAST! but im going to have to get used to doing it soon to avoid the heat wave...ugh! good run though! and cool pic too!

  7. Nice run! Love the pic, that is some crazy weather!

    I've been hearing about all the flooding on the Mississippi river recently, looks like Kansas City isn't close to the Mississippi river, but hopefully the people by the river are okay. This year has been crazy in terms of natural disasters around the world for some reason.

  8. Very cool pic!

    I hate it when things are off. I'm glad it was still great overall. And your splits are impressive!

  9. Lightning.....dead snakes.......I knew there was a reason I don't get up and run early.
    Fun "running into" Michael.

  10. After your PR and intense training cycle, I could understand a little loss in "interest" to keep that pace.

  11. LOVE THE NEW DESIGN! You're welcome for helping you. Then you changed it- punk. Lol.
    P.S. Your "off" day smokes any "best" day I ever dream to have. Lol love you! =)

  12. I can't wait to run splits like that - great job!


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