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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Last Blast

Summer refuses to leave this state.

After suffering the hottest summer of any state in the recorded history of this country, you'd think the weather would, at some point, give up the fight. Tell that to the 84th 100+ degree day of the year that we had this morning, setting a record temperature for the date. Yep. Still setting records, and likely to continue doing so tomorrow.

For a bit of comfort today, I checked the average temperatures in Arlington, Virginia for late October, and I got rather excited. The average high for October 30th in Arlington is a whopping 65 degrees, which made me far more excited than was reasonable.

I'm choosing to believe that this is the summer's last attack on my sanity. This, I hope, will be the last chance for this unreasonable heat to keep me indoors on my morning runs. The last few nights, I've had a little trouble getting myself to sleep, which means more than a little trouble getting out of bed in the morning. In many cases, this hasn't been too much of an issue, since I've got shorter runs or no work to do later in the evening. However, my plate has recently gotten much more full, which means that I've really got to get myself up and moving on time. We'll work on that tomorrow.

For today, I decided to respond to summer's last stand with a last stand of my own - my last truly crazy fast run. If I had to be on the treadmill, I was going to make it worth my time, which meant full speed. I didn't quite make it the whole way, but I went more than 4 miles before I had to slow down, at which point I only dropped pace a little bit.

My dearest hope now is that the rest of this week mellows out. The temperature is supposed to drop a bit, and we might even see some rain in the coming week, which would be truly wonderful. For the runs, I'll simply back off my pace and continue moving at a strong but uninspired pace.

Strong but uninspired. Kind of like this post.

Tuesday's Run:
Indoors / Treadmill
5 Miles
30 Minutes, 50 Seconds

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