Monday, August 16, 2010

That Clint Eastwood Movie

Saturday's race pace six-miler turned into a tempo run from the first mile. Sometimes you just feel good, and this was one of those times.

Sand Run was busy, and I was feeding off the other runners. My mind was in race mode when I reached the turnaround. There were all sorts of targets to hunt down. My pace dropped each of the last four miles. The countdown: nine, eight, seven ... seven and a half.

At the start of that last mile, I passed a guy and a girl running together. "Passing on your left," I called out as I motored up the hill.

Behind me, I heard the girl say, "Go ahead. I'll meet you at the end." The guy reappeared on my left shoulder as he passed me.

"Uh-oh, never good to get repassed like this," I joked. He said nothing. He pulled ahead. I dialed in his pace and tagged along about 20 feet behind. Nearing the halfway point of that sixth mile, he made the fatal mistake of looking over his shoulder. You're so dead, I thought.

I passed on his right. He tagged along behind me during a slow, steady climb. I kept pushing the pace. I could hear his footsteps. I could hear his breathing. I passed a large group of people walking in the other direction. Clearing their ranks, I heard nothing. I never look back until the end. I see his hangdog walk as I cross the field to the water fountain.

Recipe for a Bad Run
Sunday was a different story. Here's how you can recreate the scene for your own enjoyment:
  1. Stay up late the night before.
  2. Consume above average quantity of alcohol.
  3. Do not sleep well.
  4. Avoid proper hydration.
  5. Eat a breakfast devoid of nutrition.
  6. Choose the hottest part of the day to run, preferably 80 to 90 degrees with matching humidity percentage.
  7. Assume a negative attitude.
  8. Voila! Twelve miles becomes six shitty miles.
Rest? Don't Mind if I Do
Last week was meant to be a rest week, but I may have taken it a bit too far.

Akron Marathon Training Week 11:
  • Tuesday was a toe-jammed five-mile recovery run to flush out a great Week 10 (10:18 pace).
  • The toe felt better after taking a day off and skipping a six-miler.
  • Thursday was an enjoyable, albeit slow and shortened, four-mile trail jaunt with Martini and some other folks (11:21 pace).
  • Saturday's sixer above was the bright spot (8:20 pace).
  • Sunday's planned 12-miler became a bad six-miler.
My weekly total was 21 miles, but it was supposed to be 34. The toe injury and bonked long run made for an ugly week of running. This week is a big one. My first ever attempt at 50 miles total, and my second 20-miler. Good thing I'm rested.

[Drunkard's note: That movie is "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" -- duh.]

6 comments:

barefootjosh said...

Good luck with 50, and congrats on beating that dude. Were you wearing the hippie shoes? Because I imagine the humiliation factor is doubled when a guy gets hippied in front of his girlfriend.

BrianFlash said...

Excellent work trashing that guy. He clearly deserved to get beaten because he was running with someone but left them because he was passed.

I bet he had a nice little race report for his girlfriend/spouse/whatever!

Jess said...

There's a low jab in there somewhere about you "chicking" him in your hippie shoes, but I will choose the high road and say "Congrats on kicking his ass!"

As for the shitty run, I have been there and run that. It happens.

Jeri said...

I love those runs where you set out to run slow and the legs have a whole other plan. Great job on the impromptu tempo run. :)

Jamoosh said...

The hang dog look - when you know you have been spanked!

Al's CL Reviews said...

But what were you drinking to contribute to the crappy run on Sunday?