Three encounters with mister speedy

Post-run non-stretching moment

Today’s run (street): 4.25 miles

Happy Father’s Day to all you running dads. Also to you non-running dads. I like running on holidays because they are usually days when people sleep late and I can run around the neighborhood with a lot less cars on the road. That was the case today. I got outside around 8:00 AM and picked a direction. I had no planned route and decided on the spot whether to go left or right as I reached the end of each street.

After almost eight years of running my local roads, I pretty much know the other runners around my neighborhood. There’s one guy I encounter on almost every weekend run. He moves along and covers a lot of ground. I usually criss cross his route at least twice and we always wave the first time and laugh the second time.

Sure enough, mister speedy was out there today and we ran into each other twice. Happily, we were going in opposite directions both times, so I didn’t experience the humiliation of being overtaken along the same road. I did what I could with the heat and humidity, but I didn’t break any speed records today.

Near the end of my run, I saw my neighbor-runner in his driveway doing post-run stretching. Maybe that’s why he’s so fast. I’m pretty sure I’ve never ever stretched after a run. Maybe when I ran with Adventure Girl. She taught me many good running habits, most of which I’ve stopped following.

We had a very nice Father’s Day after my run, capping off a nice weekend of celebrations. I may work from home a couple of days next week. If so, I’ll have the opportunity to get in an extra run during the week. I do need to get my volume back to where it was a year or so ago and I know I should do some sort of a workout before my commute. I can do more. I just need to get back in the habit.

Early run on an early Father’s Day

Obligatory selfie at the business park

Today’s run (street): 4.2 miles

Although Father’s Day is officially on Sunday, we always celebrate it on Saturday. That gives my family an entire day to spoil me without the specter of the workweek starting the next day. On top of that, my son is still studying for Regents and finals that he’ll finish on Tuesday so Sunday will be a big review day. So today is Father’s Day (observed).

We had lots to do before lunch and I thought I would miss out on a chance to run in the morning. Like yesterday, I got out early and managed to get my miles in by 7:30. I’m planning to run with my buddies tomorrow morning and I’m targeting about 6 miles for that. I decided to cover less distance on today’s run to ensure that I stayed on schedule.

I got my GPS signal and went directly over to the business park to run a few loops. Although the elevation loss and gain is the same in either direction, I prefer to run this route clockwise. That allows me to get most of the gain out of the way in the first third of the loop. I did two full and one partial circle before turning back for home.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m still struggling to generate speed. The perceived effort I’m putting in feels higher than the numbers I’m producing. Today’s weather was as good as I could ask — 70°, moderate wind and relatively low humidity, so I would have expected a little better performance.

We had a nice lunch in Huntington this afternoon and more Father’s Day things will happen tonight. I’m looking forward to seeing the Runsketeers in the morning, although I may be seeing them through sheets of rain.