Running In The Dark On Halloween

Today’s Run

Time – 53:59
Distance – 5.4 miles
Pace – 9:53 min/mi
Elevation – 141 ft.

Medium length run, for me, anyway. Nothing too impressive. I ate a lot less yesterday, which translated into some slower miles today, interestingly enough. I hadn’t realized how much I was fueling up for the next day’s running until I didn’t one day. The pace was slower than I expected during those middle miles, but I still had energy to push. Just not as much as I would have liked.


Running around in the dark at night on Halloween isn’t as scary as one would imagine. Especially when there’s a huge party in the middle of town for the annual Halloween parade. I ran past the festivities. Loud and fun as always!

I also did a virtual race last night, which was my first. The idea is this: You register for the event online, they send you a race shirt, bib number, and finisher medal, then you go out and run, and when you’re done you record your time on the website. Simple, easy, and so modern-day-internet that it’s almost hilarious. The idea is great for people who can’t get to races, or want to do something interesting for their running. But I think some of the fun with running is going to races. This perpetuates the concept of community through electronic means, which is fine. There’s something for the human touch, the feel of the energy in the group, the sounds, the smells, and visuals.

I’m not replacing my races with virtual races, to be sure, but I have to admit, the finisher medal is pretty cool.



I’m a Race Car!

Today’s Run

Time – 44:14
Distance – 4.2 miles
Pace – 10:32 min/mi
Elevation – 0 ft.


Indoor track run today. Pushed a bit, but the overall pace doesn’t show it because the cool down walk was included above. I was probably a good 35–40 seconds faster per mile for the pace, which is quick. I’m happy with this run, especially with the weather outside.

Left Turn!

It was raining and windy and getting colder by the minute, and I haven’t bought any cold weather running gear yet, so I went off to the YMCA to go running. I arrived to find the lights in the fitness center out and a sign that it was closed until 10/12 for maintenance and equipment replacement. At least I’ll have new treadmills to look forward to this winter!

In the meantime, I was without a motorized running surface, and the sign redirected me to the running track above the basketball courts.

I’ve never run on this track, so my expectations were cloudy at best. I just wanted to run, and the 40 degree F wind chill outside was making this the best available option. I put my keys in the locker, turned to the track, and checked the direction. Counterclockwise on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, and clockwise the rest of the time. Then I noticed the other item on the sign. 13 laps to a mile…that’s a whole lot of left turns…

219 left turns later, and now I know what a NASCAR feels like. VROOM, VROOM!