Having slept past the snooze this morning, I ended up running after work today. I got to Memorial around 6:15 and got a great parking place in the tennis center parking lot. I like parking there because I hate walking so far in my work clothes to get to the locker room. Anyway, there was a lot of hub-bub around the park. Hundreds of people. Lots of running groups seemed to be out. One group was gathered around the northwest corner by the turnaround. They had some cones set up in the grass over what looked like about 100 or 200 yards. I thought that was awesome to run sprints/intervals or whatever they were doing in the grassy area over there. I thought it may be the SMART group but I did not recognize anyone. It still could have been. I think I recognized one Strider. I think her name is Yong. I'm not sure. I remember her from PIM and from hanging with the Striders but I've never met her personally. I also saw Holden. He was running hard. I passed him going the opposite direction just as he was taking a walk break. Great to see you Holden!>
I must say that I just love running at Memorial park. I love seeing friends, acquaintances, and all the beautiful people, tall, short, fat, skinny, men, women, young, old, fast, slow, runners, walkers, trotters, joggers, shufflers, moms, dads, hotties, studs, blacks, whites, asians, hispanics, indians, middle easterners. I even saw a lady with a wig. My son said a few weeks ago, "Dad, I really like Memorial park. Everyone just does their thing. No one judges you or cares what you look like. Everyone's just out there exercising. It's cool." He's right.
My run was very evenly paced and that made me happy. It was hot but there seemed to be a bit of a breeze. I even managed a :02 negative split. Of course, it was still slow but I felt like it was a good run. Again, I had a .5 mile warmup with .25 brisk walk and .25 walk/jog/get my HR going.
Total time - 30:18
Total distance - 2.0 miles
Avg HR - 155 bpm
Average pace - 15:09
Mile 1 - 15:10
Mile 2 - 15:08
Calories burned (according to Polar) - 519