8 Pre-work Miles

This morning was the first time that I have gone longer than a 10k before work. I have been trying to work my miles back up to pre-half weekly distances, but a busy work and life schedule has made this difficult for me.

I will be at a work related training seminar all day Saturday so I knew I wouldn't get much of a run in if any. I decided to hit the road at the normal 5:00 AM time and to try to go a bit further. Mind you that I have not run further than a 10k since my Half Marathon so I was not sure how this would go. The run went really good even though I was trying to talk myself out of the last two miles much of the run.... especially when my battery died in my mp3 player at mile 4. I went the full 8, and the last two felt the best.... what a great feeling!

I do have to add, the last half mile was probably all on adrenaline. When I was coming up on 7 1/2 I was running down a very familiar country road, the road I run almost every time I run. A car was headed towards me like every other car that heads towards me, and then all of a sudden the car swerved off the road onto the shoulder towards me, like they were intentionally trying to hit me. They quickly swerved back over, but I had already spiked my heart rate and jumped off the road into the grass scared to death. As they came past my fear turned to anger as I am sure this was one of those "hey watch this!" moments for the people (probably high school kids) in the car.


  1. The car-stunt makes me so angry. It usually is high-school aged kids that do this to me as well. Or, try to scare the daylights out of you by screaming at you or some other nonesense as they go by. I have to remember that I was an adolescent punk at one time as well. Some people are just plain ignorant or rude though and, those are the ones that bug me the most.

    Isn't that awesome when you're out on a run of X and as you're running you keep telling yourself in your head to just run Y, shorter of your X goal run, and you push back those thoughts and do your original run despite those feelings. I think that takes a lot of personal fortitude to complete the entire run when you're feeling like that and am always so proud of myself for not stopping short. So, pat yourself on the back... that's awesome you got the full 8 in and... before work! Good job, Tim!

  2. What a bunch of tossers in the car.

    Just out of interest, how long does it take you to run 8 miles?

    I quite like the idea of running early morning and will probably give it a go.

  3. That kind of thing has happened to me too! So aggravating. This happened to me once where they came up from behind and almost scared the crap out of me. Then they got stopped at a light about a quarter mile ahead of me, and with the adrenaline rush I had going, I started running faster to try to catch them! I don't know what I thought I would do if I did catch them - luckily the light changed when I was almost up to them. I like to think it made them nervous when they saw me racing after them in their rear view mirror!

  4. Thanks all for stopping by

    All - funny how we have all experienced this in some way or another. I generally don't have this issue when I run at 5:00 because there just aren't that many kids out at that time, or the type that would do something like that (they are usually the ones up late at night)

    It just so happened that to run 8 miles I went past my 6:00 AM hour and the kids started coming out heading to school.

    Rick - I always feel better when I don't let my mental win over my physical.... not always the case but when the physical wins I feel great!

    Andrew - it took me 1 hour 19 minutes. I usually run my training at an easy pace. I would say that I could do it faster but don't think I would go much below 1 hour 10 minutes in training. I am not a really fast runner.

    rundoodle - I have to say all kinds of thoughts went through my mind of what I would do if I could talk to them right following that - but I guess it is a good thing I didn't get to. :)