Time Management

I have the day off today.  So I took the kids to daycare this morning already dressed in my running gear.  After dropping them off I drove to the park to start my running workout.  Today I wanted to do 2 sets of 4 mile intervals.  I chose to just do 4 laps in the park.  I ran counter-clockwise so I would have to run up the big hill 4 times total.

Right away I knew today wasn’t going to be good.  It was cloudy, damp, and cold.  From the beginning of the intervals to the end I was in pain.  I completed the first 4 miles with an average pace of 07:23.  The second 4 miles was a lot tougher.  I completed it with an average pace of 07:51 for a total of 8 miles at 07:39.  It sounds better than it felt.  At about mile 6 the sun actually started to come out.  But by this time my legs were shot, my breathing was labored, my chest was tight, and my lips were numb.  I think the dampness made it feel colder than it actually was.  I started out with a temperature of 39 degrees and by the time I was done it was already 46 and sunny.  That’s what you get for starting out so early (08:15).

After some Gatorade, a rest, and shower I don’t feel any better.  However, I am now off to a local watering hole to watch the NCAA tournament.  See you rabbits on Saturday!