Garage squatter and Knee-Tecs

Opedix (L), ER version (R)

Today’s run (street): 3.5 miles

The possum saga continued last night when I pulled into the garage and saw this little fellow sitting cozily at the back of my garage. I tried to coax him out but he wasn’t having any of that. He scooted under an alcove and hid there until my son and I were able to gently nudge him out with a broom. He scrambled outside and across the lawn and I’m hoping he’s found a more hospitable place to nest.

It’s Veteran’s Day and my company is closed for the holiday. Last night (before the possum incident) I went out to dinner with a work colleague and although I didn’t get home especially late, I woke up feeling very tired. I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to get in a mid week outdoor run, so got myself out the door and hoped for the best.

What should have been a recipe for a tough and uninspired run turned out to be a very pleasant experience. The temperature was close to 55° and, for once, I wore the right gear, including shorts. Humidity was high but instead of feeling uncomfortable, it felt good. Just as I’ve been doing during my recent runs, I put my best effort into the last mile and covered it 45 seconds faster than the previous one.

It’s going to get very cold going into the weekend and I need to start thinking about winter gear. I’ve agreed to test a pair of Opedix Knee-Tec tights that are supposed to be thermal and also provide (per their website), “dynamic alignment, improved mobility, stability and optimized joint function.” I’ll be putting them through their paces and will likely be wearing them in SIOR’s preferred style. Stayed tuned.

Windy run with wildlife

Hi neighbor!

Today’s run (street): 3.4 miles

Somehow it’s gotten to be November and the weather is beginning to hint at winter. I’ve already started planning business for next year. This week, in a moment of insanity, I agreed to a new contract with my present employer for 2015. It’s not that I don’t love what I do. The company is great, the people are wonderful and my work is both interesting and challenging. But the commute is enough to drive a person insane.

All the same, I do enjoy the freedom I have to work from home when it makes sense to do that. Most Fridays I do, including today. Last week I needed to go into the office and that prevented me from getting out for what I think of as my weekend kickoff run. Consequently, I only managed to eke out 12 miles for the entire week. Part of that was because I fell short of my planned distance on Sunday due to the ferocious winds.
Today’s weather was more cooperative, but there was still plenty of wind to deal with. I wore layers to stay comfortable and they came in handy while I waited ten minutes for the Garmin to find all its satellites. I don’t understand why it has trouble acquiring a signal under a cloudless sky, but that has been happening frequently.
Once the GPS was ready, I was off and running (hah!) and I found myself pushing against a fairly stiff wind from the north. Not as bad as Sunday, but enough to slow me down a little. I wondered if I’d get a speed bump when I reached the top of the road and returned in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, having wind at your back never enables progress the way head-on wind inhibits it.
Nothing remarkable on today’s run. The usual negligent drivers and a few dum-dums running with their backs to traffic. I did cross paths with a possum (or is it opossum?) who was waddling across the road as I approached. It looked up at me with its rat-shaped snout and beady pink eyes, but didn’t seem too concerned to see me. It scampered off once I got within ten feet. 
This weekend is the Hope for Warriors 10K, a race I would normally run but I’m still stuck in competitive abstinence mode. My wife and kids will be volunteering again at the race, so I feel a little guilty about not participating. I think my running buds are going to do the Hot Chocolate 5K in December. I’m going to join them and I’m hoping it will reignite my interest in racing.
I’m not sure what I’ll be doing this weekend in terms of training, but I need to make up for my poor showing last weekend. I didn’t even crack 6 miles on Saturday and Sunday was a disappointment. No more admission fees at Bethpage until spring. I may park in the lot and run the southern route tomorrow.

Oh, possum! A return to the road

Today’s run (street): 4.3 miles

Today was my first run since Saturday, when I suffered through a few miles with a pounding headache. A couple of day’s rest followed and I felt I was ready to head out again this morning. We’re supposed to get some very cold weather by Christmas day, but News 12 was showing 34° when I went outside this morning. That temperature was misleading because the wind chill took that down another ten degrees.

The freezing wind made running north uncomfortable and caused my eyes to water. I followed a different route than usual, cutting around the middle school before reconnecting to my local roads. Even though Christmas Eve day isn’t a holiday, it was very quiet throughout my neighborhood. I enjoyed the lack of cars and especially the lack of school buses.

Two day’s rest and recovery from my headache should have provided some extra energy, but it only helped get me through the run. After a while I got used to the cold and I settled into my stride feeling a little stronger. My reverie was disrupted when I came upon a dead possum laying in the road. I gingerly sidestepped that horrific scene that resembled a gray feather duster with a pale pink tail.

The rest of my run was marsupial-free and I ended up covering 4.3 miles, the longest I’ve run since the the GLIRC event I did with my friends on the 14th. I’m looking forward to getting out tomorrow morning when it’s likely to be even quieter. It’s supposed to be chilly and possibly even snowy on Wednesday, so I’ll need to plan accordingly. A run at Stillwell may be a nice place to spend the morning.