The day after I got back from my weekend next to the Atlantic, I took a business trip to Santa Barbara California, next to the Pacific. I started my run at a few minutes after 6 AM local time, at a temperature of 55° and a humidity of 95%. I was alarmed to discover that my spiffy orange Adidas running shirt had not made it into the suitcase. So I ran in one of my finest heavy cotton running shirts. Yes, this is foreshadowing.
My legs were just crazy chipper on this morning. After a brisk walk East from the hotel, I started to jog. I did the first mile in 10:54. I was huffing a bit, but not bad. My legs were taunting me: "C'mon, chicken-boy, let's go faster ... you can breathe later!" I did the second mile in 10:23 and the third mile in 10:23. I've really backed off on the mileage, so I guess that helped my legs feel so energetic. I should run less more often!
When I hit 3.11 I turned off the Garmin and walked along the beach for about 150 yards. I had just jogged a 5K in 32:37!! This is a new record for me since I ran 34:03 back on May 18th.
Then I jogged all the way back to the hotel room. I did a slow victory jog pace on the way back. Also, I felt and noticed a nip problem. My shirt was stuck to me thanks to the humidity. The temperature had made me a bit perky. And the result was a couple of orange "comet tails" down my shirt. A driver of average visual acuity should have been able to detect this problem. Good thing I don't embarrass easy!
I had elected not to take the heart rate monitor belt with me and now I'm kicking myself. I sure would like to know what it was. Running in chilly, flat terrain is nice! Altogether I did 6.5 miles including the one little walking break after my 5K "tempo run".
If I can get to a 10:30 pace on a routine basis, then I will be eligible for a "sympathy run" with Molly - one of the young, in shape people at work.