Ace Of Spades

The wife is going to be gone from Friday to Tuesday.  That means I would have to do my long run for the week today.  I won’t be able to commit to that much time over the weekend unless I got a babysitter.

The weather was beautiful outside today.  Temperatures were in the upper 50’s and the sun was shining.  A good day to run.  I actually got out of work early and was on the road by 16:00.

I ran east on Washington St. to Koke Mill Rd.  Then took Koke Mill to the Wabash Trail where I ran east again.  From there I headed to the park and did about 3 laps in the Park.

The Park was loaded with people.  It’s was nice running in the Park toward the end of my run.  So many people to see and things to watch that it made miles 11-17 go by pretty quick.  Seeing Mike V. and some chick who refused to acknowledge my existence from Team Mack ride in the opposite direction gave me motivation every lap.

As I was running in the Park I noticed that I hadn’t even turned on my iPod.  My mind must have been occupied on other things.  It’s amazing of all the stuff (crap) that goes through your head during 3 hours.  It occured to me that I was singing my own songs in my head.  The tunes were random and seemed to flow into one another. 

I first starting singing “Peaceful, Easy Feeling” by The Eagles which, for some unknown reason, started me singing “Friends” by Whodini.   Then I started singing the first few lines of  “Leavin’ On A Jet Plane” by John Denver.  Yes, I was actually singing as I ran through the park.  Like I said, 3 hours of running will make you do and think of strange things.  The funny part is that I fit in perfectly at the Park because there is nothing like some warm weather to bring out the freaks.  There were quite an eclectic mix of  “people” enjoying the weather.

Finally, I started humming that damn “Ace Of  Spades” song by Motorhead.  I must have been thinking about the St. Agnes Auction that I was attending this weekend with their mascot being the Aces.  I don’t know why, it’s pretty weird.  No matter I couldn’t get that song out of my head for the rest of the run.  Believe me, I tried.

The rest of the run was uneventful.  The final 3 miles were supposed to be progressive but I was really tired and couldn’t see my Garmin that well.  I did try to make the last 3 miles difficult, though.  I ended with 21 miles at an average pace of 08:22.  It was weird starting out in bright sunshine and finishing in complete darkness.  The temperature had dropped from 58 to 48 in those 3 hours.  I was glad to have finished my long run in the middle of the week.

Weekly Total:  21 miles