So- what a crappy morning it was weather wise. I woke up thinking 8 years ago today I walked out the door of the house on my way to my car looked in the sky and said "this is probably one of the nicest mornings ever" the sky was a deep blue, not a cloud in the sky and the air was so crisp. I also thought "what a nice day for a run." That was the morning of 9/11/2001. A little over an hour later events took place that would forever change the world. Later that day I sought out running to calm me down and just help me escape just for 30 minutes. As I was running I noticed how quiet it was. No cars on the road, no planes in the air no one outside. No sooner did these thoughts go through my head I heard the roar of an F-16 fighter at tree top height fly over. That was the first time I realized- we are at war.
I got up at 5:30 this morning and was on the treadmill by 6:20 or so. My plan was to run 8 miles at marathon race pace. I had a tough time getting the bones moving. I did a 1/2 mile warm up then I was off. I felt ok. I hate running on the treadmill. I need distractions like my iPod and something to look at on tv. The ipod cooperated, as usual but I had such a hard time finding something to look at . Since I use my iPod I have to put the tv on closed captioning. The delay is brutal so I turned it to a show that was showing cows and horses on a farm. I forget the name of it maybe it was sunrise theater or something. whatever. The run was good. I sweat like a pig but felt great.
I use a heart rate monitor- so today the goal was to keep my heart rate in the mid to high 130's. That will be my plan for the first 8 miles of the marathon. My pace was 9:40 and I finished at 9:30.
Tomorrow I have a 1/2 marathon race to run in Norwalk. It will be a training run but I will push it to try and break 2 hrs. which will be a 9:23 pace.
Full race report tomorrow.