October, my favorite month, is gone. November is now here. Gone are the nice sunny, cool days. Instead we're replaced with the first throws of winter. Last November Maryland was dusted in 3-4" of snow, so colder days are right around the corner. I'm hoping to be able to crank out some good long runs before the feeling of fall completely dissipates, but again, I get ahead of myself...
I took Monday off since I really didn't rest that much on Sunday. On Tuesday morning I met the North Bethesda Distance Project for a pre-dawn run down the RCT. Newbies, Sam and Ryan joined Wiggy, Karl and myself. The average 5k PR amongst this small group must be around 14:40ish. Wow, that there be some talent. GRC recently gained what I've dubbed "The Four Horsemen" which includes Sam Luff (Cornell rad and 30:35 road 10k), "Outlaw" Jerry Greenlaw (Cortland, 30:30 track 10k), Ryan Hanson (Allegheny, 14:40 5k) and "Alabama" Paul Guevara (2:21 at TCM last month). Wow, that there be some talent. There might even be a few others coming out in the coming weeks with similar personal bests. I'm certain, if I can get back to 100%, that more PRs await next spring with training partners like this.
Okay...back to the run. I ran 36 minutes - the longest run I've done in about 9 weeks. I seem to be feeling fine albeit some minor residual discomfort, though I'll make more thorough notes of all this later when I get off the subway downtown.
In other news:
Sarah says "don't water run" anymore, as this might counter might muscle progress. I agreed...of course.
WDC summer rankings came out and I think this is the first time I haven't been ranked since 2006 (fact check needed)
Sorry Ryan, all my blog posts can't be as interesting as the last.