Back to work, and running in the mud

Been off for Christmas break the last 3 weeks! Nice. But, have to go back to work tomorrow. Ah well. One last decent run in before going back. Sunday afternoon was sunny and in the low 50’s! Not bad. Joseph and I met Brent Wallace, Steve Shaffer, Walker Mattox and Patrick Bell. Walker and Patrick love running. They are like crazy wildebeests and run with that happy abandon that only teenagers can muster. Good to have those mugs out there to enthuse us with their zest for running. With all the rain we had yesterday, it was fairly muddy on the farm roads today. Thought about running downtown, but this was not quite the group I wanted to take on that route. Despite the wet conditions, I opted to try out my new Brooks shoes.  I have to admit, I really liked them. My plan was to use these on the paved roads and to use the new Sauconys on the gravel, but  could not wait. Awesome shoes, even on gravel.

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Brent Wallace, Joseph MacGown, Walker Mattox, Patrick Bell, and Steve Shaffer

The run was not bad. Joseph and I got in 7 miles at a 6:45 minute pace. Brent did 5.5 miles, and the others all finished up with 5 miles. We all started together. Joseph started out faster, running the first 3.6 miles at probably a 6:25ish pace. Brent and I ran together for a couple miles, then he faded a bit, and I gradually caught up with Joseph. He ran the last 3 miles with me. The others all ran together for their 5 mile route. Pretty steady run. Was planning on doing more, but I guess we were semi lazy!

Monday, ran with Joseph and Nathan Gaudin at 4 pm in Longmeadow. Love this neighborhood to run in. Not too busy, a few decent loops. We ran the main loop today, which is about 1.25 miles one time around. Chilly, but not terrible. Shorts and short sleeves! First did the loop once for a warmup at a 7:15 mile pace. Then ran the loop twice faster. Joseph finished this 4k distance in 14:06, I was 14:50, and Nathan was somewhere not too far back (probably in the 16’s). I felt good for the first loop, then I started to feel my two double cheeseburgers and fries that I had for lunch at Hardee’s!! That second loop was hard! Anyway, then we ran a fast 600m or so. Don’t know the pace, but brisk. Worked on good form and gliding. We all ran together. Then jogged around the loop some more, then did a couple of 300m type fast runs, and a nice little 50m stride, with jogs between and after. On the last 300m run, Nathan decided to fly and finished well before Joseph and I. That kid can move when he wants too. He could probably be a pretty decent 200m or 400m guy if given the chance. One thing is for sure, he looked good today. But, yep, overall, a very satisfying run. When I got home I did 500 pushups in 5 sets and 5 sets of 40lb dumbbell curls in between (15 per set). That was enough for today, feeling a bit tired with this whole back to work thing. I am going to have to start going to bed before 2 AM or something. Topped everything off with a mackerel sandwich (canned mackerel) with hot sauce and mustard, a hunk of habanero cheese, and a Little Debbie snack cake. Tasty.

Tuesday, Brent, Arash, Joseph, and I got in a few miles at the South Farm. Brent opted for the 5.5 mile route, as he needed to lead the physical fitness training for the Air Force ROTC group the next morning. The rest of us ran a 10k distance more or less (I was 6.3 miles). Joseph finished up around 41 minutes, I was 42:05, and Arash came in a bit behind us. Not a bad run.

Got a late start Wednesday, plus it rained a bunch, as it seems to be doing every other day lately. Kept it simple and did an easy 5 miles with Joseph in Longmeadow. Easy.

Thursday. Rained like crazy! I ended up running by myself at my house. I have a cool trail with a 400m loop that I measured with a wheel. After a warmup, I ended up doing 8 of them.  For my rest, I did 60 pushups between each 400. They were not fast. First one was 1:45! Then, the rest were 1:27-1:30. The last few were the fastest. Essentially, I had to almost stop at each corner to avoid sliding into trees! It was pretty fun slopping through puddles and mud. Got done and hit my punching bag a while. Anyway, mud running is all the rage nowadays, and this was free, so what the heck!

Friday, Joseph and I ran the 5.5 mile loop at the South Farm. MUDDY!!! Seven minute mile pace. MUDDDY.  Lots of young calves in the fields frolicking about. They amaze me in their ability to run as fast as they do. They don’t look like they should be able to run fast, but they do. And they do it with such happy and cute abandon. This is about the only age that cows appear to enjoy life. I guess I can’t blame for not being happy later in life. Do they know that they will most likely end up as hamburger???

Saturday at 3 pm it was slightly overcast and 73°F! Breezy too. Supposed to have rained all day, but nope. So, me and the kids and Dr. Steve Shaffer ran the campus, University Commons, and Bardwell Road Route. Added a bit at the end to get in a 10k distance. This is about the hardest loop you could do in Starkville due to the supremely awesome hills in the University Estates neighborhood and along Barkwell Rd. We ran at about a 6:55 mile pace today. Steve cruised in a while after as he was taking it easy today after an interval workout the day before with some of the SHS track kids. Man, it was nice to be able to run without shirts on! Crazy, one day its freezing, then its pouring, then its hot. Mississippi weather is so trippy.

Back to it tomorrow, weather permitting!

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