Thursday, October 27, 2005


Since today was only my second day back, I was a little worried about running 12 hours after my last run. But one of my goals is to get back into the routine of running in the morning, so I ventured out for another 7 mile run. My hip/groin ached a little during the second half, but it wasn't too bad.

I’ve mentioned this before, but probably have some new readers since then, so I’ll mention it again. When I run in the morning, for the most part, I jog with my dog for a mile and then I drive 25 miles across town towards my office. I park at a coffee shop and run out-and-back on 1 of 3 trails that are old rail road beds. Two are crushed limestone while one is pavement. They’re perfect for running in the dark because they’re flat with good footing. After the run, I grab a cup of coffee and head to work where I shower.

Some people probably wouldn’t count the mile jog with my dog, but I do. I consider it a warm-up mile, even if I’m cooled down before I start my “real” run. With some of my newly measured routes, I think I’ll start posting my time for that stretch. Hopefully I’ll be able to see the pace go down as my aerobic conditioning improves. So today I ran 7 miles with the last 6 in 50:47, 8:28 pace (25:37/25:10).

It still amazes me what some people will wear while running, walking or biking when it’s pitch black outside. Sure these trails are closed to motorized vehicles, but you still have other people exercising and you have to cross roads. One gal this morning was walking by herself, dressed in all black without any reflective vest or light. I’m not positive, but I think she had on headphones too. I suppose if I was going to get run over by a bike, I wouldn’t want to hear it coming either.


Anonymous said...

I'm still running in a t-shirt w/ my Bill Rodgers white gloves. I see people bundled up like it's 20, but hey, to each his own.

I still am reminded of Dennis the Menace's Dad everytime I see your picture here.

Chad said...

I think running in the dark makes me think it's colder than it actually is. Today I could have run in shorts, but I didn't.

Hmm, I'll have to check out Dennis the Menace's Dad. At least you didn't say I looked like Wilson.

D said...

Nice run Zeke!

E-Speed said...

I don't have a reflective vest but I always make sure to wear something white or a jacket with reflectors when running at night. It is unbelievable how many people you see in all black running on the roads!