|One cow out front. 1,000 more inside|
Today’s run (street): 3.4 miles
I spent yesterday in the city, on a day that started early and ended late. It was was hot, humid and generally uncomfortable, but I was fortunate to see a lot of business friends throughout the day. I switched my usual routine and ran on Monday and took Tuesday as my rest day.
Today, I worked out of my home office and that gave me the flexibility to join my wife and kids at Maureen’s Kitchen, a local breakfast place that is famous for its cow theme, large portions and cash-only policy. I usually eat a small breakfast (less than 400 calories) but today I indulged and ordered Maureen’s French Toast. I even paid the extra $1.75 for genuine maple syrup. My brother would have been appalled. He lives in VT where good stuff practically flows from the tap. The meals they served us were almost laughably huge, but I managed to get through most of mine.
Due to my schedule, I had calls that prevented me from getting out for a run until 1:30 PM, when the temperature and humidity were at their peak. The heat notwithstanding, it was probably good that I had a chance to digest all those carbs from my morning meal.
I had good energy, probably due to an over abundance of glycogen, and I got through the first mile fairly quickly. I might have turned this into a performance run, but I’m still dealing with chest congestion that caused me to cough whenever I increased speed past a certain point. My cough has improved, but it’s still present, even after three full weeks.
Between pushing my speed as far as I dared, the baking sun and the moist air, I finished feeling like I’d just raced. It didn’t take long to get my heart rate down, but it was a tough workout. I’m aiming for an early Independence Day run tomorrow that may end with a dive into the pool. Unlike last summer, I will be sure to put aside my phone before I take the plunge.