Ever since the dark started arriving early I have avoided the parks in favor of lighted and surer-footed streets for my weekday runs. However, Martini invited me to join him last night, and we braved the wooded pathway with only the un-full moon to guide our way.
I had not run since Wednesday and was a bit hesitant to go too far because I knew that my pace with Martini would be faster than my runs have been in the last month. At the outset, we were only going to run four miles, but by the time we reached the turnaround point I decided to push it to six.
I took on the duty of greeting other runners and walkers, doing so well in advance to alert them of our approach. One pair of walkers didn't pay heed to my warning as the one with a headlamp didn't budge from our side of the path until Martini nearly collided with his keg-belly.
Though our speed wasn't blistering (9:48 per mile), we managed a negative split (29:52/28:53) -- something I've been paying more attention to recently. The added wrinkle of conversation at that pace most certainly improved my lung power.
Martini and I have not yet confirmed or set any parameters for the 2009 challenges, but here is a preview.
Summer Solstice Challenge: Redux
June 21 falls on a Sunday. We didn't make it out and back last year as hoped. Perhaps this year we can.
The first one to miss a day of running at least three miles loses the challenge. This will likely be sooner rather than later.
TBD Drinking Challenge
We have to do something. I casually mentioned Mata Hari.