One run interrupted, one run horrible

Today’s run (street): 3.3 miles
Yesterday’s run (street): 3.2 miles

Happy Halloween. It’s hard top be spooky when you go out trick or treating at noon, but I saw a lot of little witches and goblins during today’s mid-day run. We have weekend visitors and I delayed my workout so I could spend time with our guests this morning. It may have been the late start, but this was possibly my worst run of the year. More on that in a bit.

I had hopes of covering close to 20 miles this week like I typically did a couple of years ago. My vacation day on Wednesday got me off to a good start and I added to that on Friday morning. Since I work from home most Fridays, I use the time I normally commute to get in my miles.

That system had been working well until one of my work colleagues decided that early Friday morning was the perfect time to reach me. In those cases, I’ve either let the call go to voice mail or kept it very short. I was about a mile into my run yesterday when I heard the phone ring. I almost ignored it, but once I saw who it was, I knew I needed to answer. Ten minutes later was on my way, although my momentum was lost and a new work issue was on my mind.

Today was a different story. I wasn’t feeling my best throughout the morning and hoped my energy would return by the time I was ready to hit the road. I got off to a slow start as I left my house, so I figured I’d keep it easy. I could tell right away that I wouldn’t be up for my targeted five miles but hoped I’d gain strength throughout the run. Instead, I felt increasingly fatigued and even reached a point where I wanted to stop. Although I only covered a little more than three miles, the run felt endless.

I was thrilled when I finally reached my driveway. The run was a disaster, but at least I got it done. I looked forward to a relaxing afternoon that eventually gave way to a house full of Halloween-partying teenagers. It’s been a noisy evening.

Tomorrow is a big day for two of my friends, but for different reasons. KWL and his wife will be running the NYC marathon and I’m wishing them perfect race conditions. Runsketeer SIOR will be celebrating yet another birthday (she’s quite elderly) and plans to watch the marathon from her favorite spot in Queens. I’m hoping that tomorrow’s run goes better than today’s. It could hardly go worse.

More tricks than treats

 

Happy Halloween. In the realm of trick or treat, today was a trick. Fridays are usually a treat because I can work from home and save up to four hours of commuting time. I take advantage of this extra time by going out for a morning run where I can cover 3-4 miles and still keep to my workday schedule. Instead of working from home today, I needed to go into the office. I didn’t mind, but I was disappointed to lose my opportunity for an outdoor run.

I’d set up my gear for an early morning treadmill workout, but when I got up, I wasn’t in the mode to do it. I regret it now, but this morning I felt too tired to run. I had to go through the humiliating process of putting my workout clothes back into drawers. I felt guilty about that, but not enough to change my mind.

Due to missing today’s run, I’ll likely have a low mileage week. The weekend weather does not look promising and it may interfere with my running. I think the NYC marathoners will face some tough conditions as cold temperatures and high winds are predicted for Sunday. Getting outside for a long run tomorrow morning would be treat. I’ve had more than enough tricks today.

Managing through the pressure

Still plenty of choice at Chez Emerging Runner

Today’s run (treadmill): 3.2 miles

Happy Halloween! So far I’ve successfully avoided the candy we bought for Trick or Treaters. Among the mix are Mounds and Almond Joy bars so you should be very impressed by my willpower.

I’ve had a couple of days of sinus pressure and the headaches that come with that. I decided to do my workout on the treadmill today to keep things simple. I also had early morning calls and needed to save some time. My goal was to move but not push enough to exacerbate my sinus issues. It was a decent session and I learned that the average commercial break on CNN is .36 miles.

I’m hoping that sleep and a change in the weather will bring me back to feeling strong enough to run hard this weekend. It’s my last chance to train for the Hope for Warriors 10K on the 10th. My base is definitely below 6.2 miles right now, but I’ll give it my best shot.

Running in Sandy’s spooky aftermath

The shadowy world of a 4 AM runner

Today’s run (street): 2.5 miles

Hurricane Sandy is more than two weeks gone but the after effects will remain for a while. People have been saying that it’s just too soon for Thanksgiving to be happening. One of my favorite times of the year is the period between mid-October and early December. That’s when the leaves turn, the air smells like fall, and Halloween and Thanksgiving kick off the holiday season. Hurricane Sandy interrupted that whole experience. On the other hand, having our power restored and not sitting in gas lines will be top of mind when we give thanks next Thursday.

As I made my way to the top of the first street on my morning run, my headlamp revealed what looked like two cords of wood stacked on the curb in front of a neighbor’s house. If I had a wood-burning stove or used our fireplace, this would be a good time to save money on firewood. Running through the neighborhood is a little eerie these days, especially on mornings like this when there’s little moonlight. My headlamp and the occasional streetlights played off the huge trees, downed by the storm. In the dark at 4:00 AM, it looks like a scene from “Where the Wild Things Are.”

In the days between Sandy and today, we’ve seen temperatures drop, especially in the early morning. I dressed accordingly and appreciated the extra layers as I made my way around the neighborhood. The cold air definitely helps motivate me to run a little harder and I found myself pacing faster than the day before. The spooky shapes created by the storm were a fun distraction and my run seemed to go by quickly, even though I only beat Wednesday’s time by 32 seconds. Sandy overshadowed Halloween this year, but I got it back a little today.