Thursday, January 14, 2010

Case of the Thursdays...

First and foremost congrats to The Sean for an amazing sub 3 hour Disney Marathon, his recap is fantastic. I draw a ton of running inspiration from my fellow bloggers, I love reading his blog.

I have been on a running "high" for the last week or so. I can't stop thinking about running. I find myself watching the clock at work, waiting for that blessed hour when I can clock out get out of there and go run. The weather conditions be damned, I am running!

This past Saturday, Cubbie and I met early for a 5 miler. It was cold but I couldn't wait to get there. 28 degrees at the start, I loved it. Ran without my watch, I just was happy to be out there.

I meet Cubbie at 9am on Sunday for our weekly long run. 9 miles was on the schedule as it was a cycle down week. 24 degrees~WHO CARES!!! We are running! What a great morning to get out and enjoy the world.

Having logged two easy, slower runs over the weekend, I wanted to test out the legs a little on Tuesday. I decided to give it a go and do 6 miles at an all out pace. I was like a little kid filled with stomach butterflies as I rushed home from work to change. 52:06 minutes later, I dropped an 8:40 pace on downtown Savannah!

Cubbie joined me on my favorite 5 mile loop downtown last night, she has never run this route with me. It was fun to share this route as it has a few different elements. The first two miles takes us down a couple of busy streets, I get the feeling like I live in a big city when I run along this part of the route. Then a quick couple of turns and I spend the next mile and a half traveling underneath a canopy of Spanish Moss covered oak trees that are hundreds of years old. House after house I pass, each with its own story to tell, some dating to before the Great Fire of 1820. At this point we loop around Forsyth Park, located in the middle of downtown. My run's last mile is spent traversing the revitalized tourist mecca known as City Market and Broughton Street. Shops, restaurants, and bars. There is always a energizing feel as I finish my route down this road.

This all brings us to tonight's trackwork! Yasso's 800 x 7! I really felt focused and was not let down by the effort.
3:48
3:52
3:55
3:56
3:52
3:50
3:41

Amazing workout. I made it through that last 800 by reminding myself that this was the last 800 for an entire week!

As I reflect back on some of the great runs I have had in the last week, I can't help but get excited about this base work and what it will mean as I move forward into the 2010 race calendar. Good things to come. Not to get ahead of myself, I must remember, it all starts...
...one foot in front of the other, one step at a time.

6 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Charleston, SC is also home to Spanish Moss covered oak trees and I sure do miss them.

The Sean said...

Nice Yasso consistency and lots left at the end too!!! I think your competition is in trouble next month:)

(Thanks for the shout out.)

Anne said...

Wow, if you're this enthusiastic about running in the 20s, imagine how you'll feel when it warms to the ideal 40s. Keep it coming.

Al's CL Reviews said...

We were in Savannah in our 3rd week of Couch to 5K, and ran around the city (and walked).
I love Savannah!

Carolina John said...

yea i love river st and bay st. just from a tourist perspective, not running. city market is cool, we've found some neat shops there. but i'm sure you would know better stuff at neater places.

dang, seeing those pics really makes me look forward to getting down there in a couple of weeks.

Adam said...

Nice work!! Having a great run week is the best feeling in the world. When you can't do anything wrong. Enjoy it!