Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Whiter Shade Of Pale


Activity: Run
Date: 09/19/09 07:00 AM
Distance: 6.17 miles
Time: 1:00:30
Speed: 6.1 mph
Pace: 9' 48 min/mile
Calories: 592

My perceived effort is WAY off at the moment.

Yesterday's run with the track club was out at Harbor Island. I thought I was keeping it slow, perhaps about an 11 minute mile average. I really didn't feel the need to go fast or push hard. I thought I was just sort of cruising. I ran with different people since everyone had different mileage agendas, 6 through 10 miles. I only wanted to do 6 miles. I don't have a Garmin (not yet, I'm seriously thinking about it), but a GPS application on my cell phone, so I can't constantly monitor my pace, unless I stop, take the phone out of my arm band, open it just to read it, which takes too long. When I finished my run and checked my stats, most of my splits are in the nines. Perhaps ignorance is bliss? I wonder if I would have slowed down if I knew my actual pace? I was surprised. Happy and surprised.

I normally don't stop at the water station(s) that the track club sets up for us. The water station is usually where someone is taking pictures for this summer training session. I never stop because I have a hard time getting myself going again. Everyone else stops and has great pictures and group shots. Not me. *sigh* I lose momentum when I stop. Perhaps it's just as well. I'm usually hot and sweaty.

Here's Michael's picture at the first water station, around mile 3:

...still looking good and feeling strong.

Since I had to wait for Michael to return after the run, someone decided it was a good time for a photo op with the people who remained:

Just a few of us. I'm third from the left in the bright blue tank top.

After the photo op, we waited, and waited some more. No Michael. We were beginning to worry a little. It turns out that he decided to go the longer route, about 10 miles, and on the way back he had some stomach issues and had to make several pit-stops along the way. He was the last one in. He wasn't looking so great, a bit pale and hot. Luckly, there was still plenty of electrolyte drink left and he was able down several ounces before we went home. It wasn't anything he did while running or anything he ate the day before. He has the flu. One of his employees was out last week with the flu and I guess Michael has the same thing.


This morning our grandson informed us that he "throwed up" and that his stomach was confused. The little guy is doing OK, but he's still not his active self. I hope no one else gets sick. I sure don't want a confused stomach. Michael is feeling better, but is being cautious about what he's eating.

The annual Powerboat Races were held at Mission Bay over the weekend. It was rather noisy in the neighborhood from time to time. I actually contemplated dragging out the ladder just to get on the roof to see a few races, but I didn't want to do that by myself. Getting up onto the roof isn't an issue. It's getting down. I'd like NOT to fall off of the roof, thankyouverymuch. It would totally screw up my running... and everything else. I did get to see a few boats race by within the small view of the bay that we do have from house level.

Tuesday's song:
With a Little Luck - Paul McCartney & Wings - Miss Rachel



Meg Runs said...

That's such a cute picture of all of you and your poor grandson and his confused tummy(kids are so wonderful with words)!
Hope your week goes well!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

awww, hope your grandson's stomach gets 'unconfused' very soon! Great run!!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

good job on the run. You thought you were doing 11 min miles and were really doing 9:48?!? super!!

poor grandson - all throwed up and with a confused tummy. hope he gets betters soon

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

the Garmin is great, but can be such a messes with my mind! sometimes ignorance really is bliss!

Glenn Jones said...

That's a great photo of the group!

So - you fall into the same trap that I do with group running. Without my Garmin, I go out way too fast trying to stay with everyone. I don't agree with Heather above - I find the Garmin can really be an effective tool - especially at maintaining the proper pace/heart rate for the training cycle you are in.

And you should have called! I would have joined you on the roof for some drag boat racing!

Have a great week and chase that flu bug out of your house!

Southbay Girl said...

ha ha I never confuse my slow 11 or so min pace for 9's!!! Nice run! I hope hubby feels beter!!

Anne said...

Well, I know who I won't be able to run with once I return. You're too fast for me now! Sorry Michael had such a rough time of it.

And Procol Harem did the original, followed by The Bangles for some movie.

WADDLER26.2 said...

It always looks so beautiful there.

Miss Rachel said...

Good job on the run. Imagine running faster than you think you are (she says wistfully). ;-)

I hope your family is back up to 100% soon.

Deene said...

hope your family feels better soon, it's time to start wiping all the door nobs and light switches to get the bug under control.
I watched "The Big Chill" on Sunday, with your song on the soundtrack.

Irene said...

He has a lot of interesting word choices lately! He's so much fun.

I thought that was priceless! I've never heard of a confused tummy before!

It just sort of happened, but I'm not complaining! I think it was a freak thing! The kid is feeling much better already.

I suppose I could put tape over the face of a Garmin when I get one :)... Sometimes I still need to know my times, though, especially if I want to take interval training outdoors.

Sort of, but there was a good chunk of time where I was by myself. I do know that I always run a little bit faster when I run with Anne (Run-DMZ), only because we get to talking... Would you have made the two hour drive just to sit on the roof? LOL.

Normally I can feel the difference. I'm glad it went in my favor. A lot of times I think I'm going fast, but my stat say I'm much slower. ;)

I think it was a freak occurrence. I was still way under race pace, but not fast enough to be with the B group. Winner!

Most of the time it is beautiful. :)

As I've told Anne, I think it was a freak occurrence. ;)LOL.

I've only seen parts of "The Big Chill." I suppose it's time I watch the entire movie! I do need to do a major wipe down of the entire house...