Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Concerned Father

I finally managed a decent recovery run. My main problem on those runs is that I haven’t got any flat sections of road, so the best I can do is “reasonably flat”. I usually get the heart rate up too high on the climbs, and then struggle to get it down again. Well, today I finally managed to consistently keep the heart rate down. I don’t know quite what was different, I didn’t run any slower than on previous recovery runs (even faster than on some), but I felt very relaxed all the way.
The only hitch was a U-turn after 3 minutes. When I leave the house in the morning, I always lock the door, because our youngest son (who will be 2 in 3 week’s time) has a habit of running outside, and I definitely don’t want that to happen on a chilly dark morning at 7am. 3 minutes into the run the doubts started. “Is the door locked?”. I couldn’t risk leaving it open, so I turned back. Of course it was locked, no need to worry. Why did the brain not register that when I get out of the house? No, you don’t have to answer that.
As a result of that, the distance (and therefore pace) of today’s run is just a rough guess.

14 Nov: 8.5 miles, very hilly, 1:11, 8:21 pace
15 Nov: 5 miles(?) recovery run, 43:59, 8:47(?) pace

9 comments:

  1. I do the same thing with the garage door! I'm just not thinking clearly that early in the morning.

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  2. With 3 HUGE dogs in the house, I don't tend to double check! :)

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  3. I wish I had your problem of finding a flat section for a recovery run. I have to go 13 kilometers before I even get to a hill. No wonder you run so fast with all those hills you have to train on! I need to move.

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  4. I always double guess on things like leaving the door unlocked. My husband and I went to a play one afternoon and I was convinced without a doubt that I had left my hair straighter on. We had dinner reservations after the play, but we had to run home check that yes of course I had unplugged the thing just to go back downtown to dinner. Of course it was in the dead of winter so it was bouat 5 degrees outside. Now hubby makes sure that things are unplugged before we leave!

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  5. Hey there - I'm a displaced Paddy hoping to do the Connemarathon some year. Will this be your first? I need to conquer Connemara!

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  6. Um...did you leave the iron on...?

    I do the exact same thing...no worries.

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  7. I do the same thing with my coffee maker!

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  8. Cool to find a runner from the kingdom!

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  9. At least this was only a letter. a few weeks ago on my long run at mile 4 I found a mans' wallet I could'nt just leave it there so I gathered it together. So for the next 12 miles I ran with this wallet in one hand and my mace in the other. I was nicely surprised with flowers after it was returned.:)

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