|Frank (in red), stair climber guy (background)|
Today’s run (track): 4 miles – 3.25 @ pace + 8 x 300m
Happy 4th of July. It’s sunny and a little warm for my taste, but the mid-afternoon humidity was surprisingly low. That wasn’t the case this morning when I went to the track. I’d hoped to avoid sun, heat and people by getting there before 7:00 AM (fail, fail, fail & fail), but I stalled so long I didn’t start running until almost 8:30. Conditions seemed ideal at first but I soon noticed the moisture in the air. It didn’t hold me back. In fact I ran my fastest during my fourth mile.
I wanted to run four miles in honor of Independence Day and did my first three the usual way, switching direction from counter-clockwise to clockwise after the second mile. There weren’t too many others at the track this morning. It was the usual walkers and run-walkers, along with a guy who was running up and down the stands and another who was running 200’s with long breaks in between sprints.
|Periodic sprinter guy in yellow behind run walker|
After I’d covered 13 laps, I decided to run intervals for the last 3/4 mile. I haven’t downloaded the Garmin to see how I did performance-wise, but it wasn’t a bad effort. I always notice some speed improvement during periods when I can string together four or more consecutive runs. I’ve also revisited the idea of reducing sugar and simple carbs due to a book I’m reading that clearly explains why it makes sense to do that (versus just counting calories or reducing fat). The author did warn that performance sometimes gets worse before it gets better. I’m not worried because my current performance couldn’t get much worse.
When I finished my run, I noticed a guy in a walker going back and forth along the bottom row of the stands. I asked him if he was getting in his workout and he said he was, although he wished there wasn’t so much sun. I told him that he should go over to Bethpage, because the bike trail is generally shaded until mid morning. He told me that his name was Frank and he was a former professional soccer player. His team was the German-Hungarian Soccer Club and he played in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League in the ’60’s.
Frank is 76 and he’s had lots of knee surgeries due to all the stress he put on himself when he was playing. It was really nice to talk to him and I wished I had more time to chat. Frank mentioned that he had a great orthopedic surgeon who said he can get him off the walker. He’s considering doing that, but concerned about the risk. Either way, he doesn’t seem like the type of person who’d let this problem keep him from getting his workouts done.