Another watch free run

Fly by post tonight because it’s already past my bedtime!

After work Barry and I headed up to Blacksburg to go by the running store so that he could get new shoes. I managed to walk out without buying anything, but it wasn’t easy. Since we were already up in the ‘burg, we decided to run on the Huckleberry Trail. This is the trail I used to run on for almost every run when I was in college and for the first year or so after.

When we got over to the trail there was a group from the running store meeting up for their weekly Wednesday run. They were planning on a mile warm-up, 4 miles at tempo pace, and then a mile cool down. Barry decided to run with them (about 8 people in all, including him) and had a great workout! They did their WARM-UP mile in 7 minutes, holy cow, and then did their tempo miles at or below 6:30 pace, and then a 7:30 mile cool down. So speedy!

I, on the other hand, ran a 4 mile recovery run watch free. I ran by feel, and I think I was a bit below 10 minute pace. My legs were a little tight and sore from yesterday’s track workout, especially my calves, but it felt great to be back on the Huckleberry.

It was a great night for a run. It rained most of the day, but the rain had stopped by this evening. It was nice and cool (mid-50’s) with low humidity. Perfect!

And just because I think they’re cute, here’s a picture of Hank and Scout napping from this weekend.

A minute after I took this picture Scout switched to a new sleeping position.

And she stayed that way for the next hour or so.

What time do you usually go to bed?
10 or 10:30 on weeknights. Sometimes earlier on Friday nights before my long run πŸ™‚

Is there a running group that meets weekly where you live?

If you have pets, do they have a funny way of sleeping?

16 thoughts on “Another watch free run”

  1. I usually GET to bed around midnight, and am asleep approximately 8 seconds later. But I really start to fade around 11 PM. In fact, my husband says he doesn’t even need a clock at night, because I always heave a great sigh and whine, “Man, I’m getting tired!” withing a few minutes of 11 PM every night. Do note, however, that it takes me another hour to actually extract myself from the computer/work, get cleaned up, close up the apartment, and get to bed. Ooops?Lots of running groups around here…still investigating them all!I have a basil plant. It pretty much assumes the same position all the time. Unless I spin the pot, then it re-bends toward the window. πŸ™‚

    1. Haha I like how your husband can set his watch by you! I get really tired around 10 but if I push through I get another burst that can carry me to midnight or later. Your basil plant sounds like it has found the perfect position πŸ™‚ No need to “roll over”

  2. My dog always sleeps on her back like that, all four legs in the air! Usually after 10, I am done and ready for bed, but manage to find ways to distract myself for a while. I am on the west coast now and last night I was watching a movie with people in my group related to our conference until 9 pm, then we had to decide on dinner or sleep. I knew I had to return to the hotel since it was midnight my time. Of course, now it is 5 am and I am wide awake!

    1. Too funny! When Scout sleeps like that she usually snores pretty loud. For some reason when Hank (our big guy) tries to lay on his back it makes him sneeze… I guess it has something to do with his size.

  3. Forrest Gump: When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go, you know, I went.Elderly Southern Woman on Park Bench: And so, you just ran?Forrest Gump: Yeah.LUD.

    1. Me, too! When you come back for football games you will have to hit up the trail. It’s a great feeling to be back on it after being gone for awhile.

  4. You know that I love the Huckleberry Trail, and I can’t wait to run on it in the Hokie Half! I might even get to run on it next weekend when we’re in town for Julie’s graduation!I go to bed way to late! :-(Does Scout allow you to sit on her sofa? πŸ™‚

  5. I love the huckleberry trail too! My cousin’s dog sleeps on his back, but I can’t imagine how that would be comfortable for them!

  6. Ha, Scout. Indy doesn’t usually sleep in odd positions, but Cooper seems to be comfortable in whatever position he can get into. He really likes sleeping on your chest or in your lap, and sometimes he contorts himself into really uncomfortable looking positions to fit.

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