Today’s run (street): 3.4 miles
Running conditions this morning could not have been better, and I am not exaggerating when I say that it felt like autumn. When I stepped out a few minutes before 8:00 AM, it was 60° with very low humidity. I was so comfortable that I didn’t break a sweat until after my first mile. With only 25 minutes on the treadmill since last Sunday’s six miler, I had been looking forward to getting out and running today.
The route I followed intersected three times with a middle aged man, his college age daughter (I’m guessing), and a dog (definitely a dog). They walked along the right side of the street when they weren’t walking right in the middle. I saw a FedEx truck nearly drive over the left curb to avoid hitting them from behind, although they appeared oblivious to the whole thing. I probably should have said something, but I’ve learned by now that people don’t want my safety advice.
Despite my continued frustration with those risk-taking fools, I really enjoyed the run. I thought about performance training, versus plain old running. These days, I’m far more interested in the health aspect of running compared to the idea of competition. I’m sure my decline in speed over the last couple of years is a factor. If I don’t focus on pace and just run hard enough to feel like I’m making a good effort, I enjoy the experience a lot more.
Which brings me to Cow Harbor. One one hand, I consider the Great Cow Harbor 10K Long Island’s premiere race. Plus, I’ve never run it with my blogging buddies and I know they’re in. On the other hand, I can’t commit to that race without also committing to doing some serious training between now and September 20. SIOR said that the entry fee rises to $40 on September 9, so no matter what I decide, I’d better do it before then.