Saturday, December 17, 2005

A 22K Medium Long Run

Last night was my company Christmas party, first a lot of long drawn out speeches by various company management, a huge buffet meal for 400+ people, and finally music was provided by a DJ for those who wanted to hang around and get bombed and/or dance the night away. I packed up and headed home shortly before 10 p.m., right before the DJ was scheduled to begin. In any case the meal was fabulous, I overstuffed like everyone else and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

This morning I was up at 5:30 a.m. and on the road by 6:15 for a medium long run. My goal was a 16-20K (10-12M) run, easy tempo, just to work my still full stomach off a little. I left my CamelBak home, figuring I would not need to drink on the way.

Anyway it was a beautiful morning, clear sky, fresh air, not too cold (43C/37F) and a full moon to light my way. I decided to avoid the asphalt trails as much as possible to day, so first headed over a 4K trail that loops around a group of fields on the edge of town, then back to my normal trail that I run a couple times a week. Once I was on this trail I ran on for about 6 more kilometers than turned off and on to a road leading to the next town, Graben. This part of the run was about 6K over open fields and a couple overpasses. The wind picked up pretty good through this section, glad I wore a windbreaker.

At the end of this part of the trail it was a short 2K home, but I felt good so took another loop through the woods over the Graben running clubs trails, then headed home. This morning was one of those days where I probably could have easily ran another 10K, but I was getting pretty thirsty so thought I should head back before I get dehydrated.

In any case I ended up running for 2:17:02, or probably around 22K/14M. Another good run, an easy long run pace and more importantly I burned up some of those mega-calories that took in last night. Have a great weekend!

I am sure you made a good run because you avoided to listen a boring dj!!! 2.17.02: another brick in the wall.
Great run! I felt like I was out there with you!! You'll have to start leaving me comments in German so I can translate them! I have such a hard time saying something (and thinking of all the words to construct it) but can still read it fairly well. I think one of my goals for next year will be to work on my foreign language skills. English isn't the only language!!
Great job on the long run. And wow, the willpower to leave a party early so as to be up for the run. Way to go, Jack.
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