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One day, two events … no gold

One thing that is remarkable about some of the Olympic athletes, notably the swimmers this week, is how much they’ll do in one day. Well, I must be inspired by what’s happening in Beijing because yesterday I did two things that left me wiped out at the end of the day.

I’ll first start with a tree replacement. In my backyard there was a waste of a tree. I think the previous owners put it up last year to spruce things up a bit to try and sell the house. Well, in the almost year that I’ve been here, I’ve seen this thing slowly die. So with the good news this week that I got a job, I’ve decided to do a few things around the house before I have the excuse of having a job. One of those things is replacing this horrid tree.

Since I couldn’t drive to my backyard to try and pull it out with my Escape, I basically had to dig around this tree and slowly work my way underneath it. It was quite an adventure. Once I got it out — probably a little more than an hour’s work — the rest felt simple. You can see with the before and after pictures that there are a few new flowers around the replacement tree — a crepe myrtle — to spruce things up a bit. Now comes the fun part of keeping it all alive.

This was a great cross-training effort and in any normal day, this probably would have been it for me. But since I had decided earlier this week to run a 4-mile evening race, my day was only half done.

After a brief nap in the afternoon, and drinking lots of water, I ventured across Richmond to the Moonlight 4 Miler. This was the first race I have ever done in the evening — there aren’t too many of those out there.

The “Moonlight” name is a bit deceiving, as most everyone actually finishes before the official sunset. Fortunately, though, there was an almost-full moon rising as the race was going on. Plus it was cloudy, so that helped things.

There’s really not much to report on this race. My time was 32:49, just over an 8-minute mile pace, putting me 99th out of 235 runners. The course was fairly hilly, but I managed to keep an even pace throughout. I felt like I was pushing myself, but it seemed like I couldn’t go any faster than what I was going. I felt like I kept thinking about it too much. In my head I was coming up with some good excuses for why I wasn’t going faster: I’m mostly a morning runner; I preformed a tree replacement earlier in the day; I hadn’t ran a race in more than four months; my feet were still getting over one too many runs in my old shoes … you name it, it was probably going through my head.

Despite those thoughts, I’m actually pleased with everything. It’ll go down as a PR, but mainly because it’s only my third 4 miler ever, and the first in almost three years. I know I can do better than this, but it’ll go down as a solid speed workout. This was a good tune-up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half, which is a little more than two weeks away. It felt like it had been way too long since I was in a race, so it was very worthwhile getting that experience of starting with a large group of people, pacing with other runners and trying to finish strong. But never again will I do yard work on race day…

Workouts since last post
Aug. 14: Run – 4.6 overall
Aug. 15: Walk – 1.7

  1. Anonymous
    August 15, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    I like the Crepe Myrtle. I only wish mine was that pretty.
    Good running, keep it up. Looking forward to Va Beach.

  2. Christina
    August 16, 2008 at 12:55 am

    I think you deserve a gold for the great work in the back yard! 🙂

  3. mangotriathlete
    August 16, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I keep thinking the same thing seeing the swimming and track/field (started yesterday!). How do they put out such effort so often? Amazing.

    Ooof, that's an effort for the trees, crepe myrtle is beautiful. And getting a PR after, congrats! Nice tune-up for R&R… its getting so close!

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