One week before the 12 mile Bruiser race I decided a good plan to increse the pace but still get my milage in and not overdo it was to split my run. I planned 7 or 8 miles total so I did 3.5 in the morning and would do the rest later.
I was a little apprehensive as I woke up with a sore throat and a head ache. I could feel I was coming down with something and hoped it wasn't too severe. I actually have not had a cold or flue for over a year. I hope this was not going to be a problem.
My intent was to start moderate and increse the speed until the end with a fairly good kick. I ran a 3.5 loop on tar/dirt with some pretty good hills. My splits went according to plan: 8:31 (136-155 HR), 8:12 (150-156HR), 8:13 (152-156 HR), 7:16 (157-163HR)
At 7:30 am it was already warm out and the humidity was up there also. The run worked well for me and I really enjoyed the refreshing feel of the water as I flopped in the pool. A few laps and then that much wanted cup of coffee.
I thought this was pretty easy. I would wait until 3 or 4 and do my second run.
A quick trip to Brunswick to mow my moms lawn and trim some trees. I would have plenty of time to get some things done around the house and then get in my second run.
As I left my moms, I saw one of the stunt planes at the air show looping up and twisting around. I was surprised how little traffic there was with the show in town.
So, my wife and I decided to stop in for a few minutes. It was amazing to watch these planes.
We watched the F15 climb 3 miles in 20 seconds....wow, now if I had that kind of power, I could run some 5ks HUH? Anyway we were in awe as a girl climbed out on to a wing of a Bi-plane and at 165 mph she stood on the top wing. Now that had to distort her face up in good shape and how the hell could she breath?
Before we knew it, the day was gone, our bellies were full of beer,french fries and icecream, and my forehead was some red. As with any day full of activities, it can only last so long.
Once I got home, I began to feel the effects of the day and my energy level just bounced off zero. It was then that I wished I had done my normal long run. The second run never materialized. I hate it when that happens.