Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Halloween comes early to Fairfield

A taste of Fright Night came early this year to Fairfield residents. No, June, there were no random bat attacks reported. No, Joe, Hugo Chavez did not make a surprise appearance. No, Barbara, no nightmares of a repeat Lidge v. Pujols faceoff in the 9th inning of the Division playoff game. This was much more scary!!! I ran 3 miles this morningm through the streets of Fairfield, SHIRTLESS!!! That's right, shirtless. SHAMELESS!!!

My normal pre-work run at Memorial Park ritual could not take place as I had to take my son to school early (by 7:00) for the See You at the Pole prayer meeting that students take part in every year. So, last night, I mapped out a 3 miler through Fairfield to run when I got up. The plan was to get up around 4:00 am, have a Clif Bar, and be out of the house by 4:30, back by 5:30, and leave the house by 6:30. I woke up with to the alarm at 4 as planned. Snooze. Snooze, again. Thoughts...I'll just run after work. But I'm on call. That's ok, I'll just run with the beeper...I hate to run with the beeper...I don't want to get up...I'm going to sleep until 5:30. So I got up to use the bathroom, set my alarm for 5:30, checked the results of the Cardinals game (Yea!!! They lost!!! poor babies!!!), and went back to bed. I laid there trying to get some motivation to get out there and do what I needed to do. I don't know why but Barbara's comment from the other day about the reason men run with no shirt got me to thinking. Hey, it's early. It's quite chilly. It's dark. Here's your chance to run half-dressed. It will be invigorating, liberating, and IT'S DARK!!!

So, I hopped out of bed, put on my shorts and my Garmin (I feel naked without my Garmin) and headed out. No shame!!! This was the 2nd time I've run in my neighborhood. It's really quite nice. We have a several lakes and greebelts with sidewalks that wind through the community. Also, for some reason, there are not a lot of cars parked on the street. Lots of two car garages, I guess.

I really did not get loosened up until well into the run. I never really got "in the groove." Much of the route and path was dark. It's fairly new and level concrete. Still, my confidence in my ankles just isn't there and I ran "nervous" most of the way. Towards the end, I was on lighted streets and it was much better. I could kind of relax a little. No pre-run nutrition like I usually am able to do on the way to Memorial Park. Overall, a good easy 3 miles. Mission accomplished.

Here are the stats: Total distance - 3 miles
Total time - 43:47
Mile 1 - 14:32
Mile 2 - 14:36
Mile 3 - 14:28
Average pace - 14:18
Temperature - 59 deg
Humidity - 89%


JustJunebug said...

boys are so lucky.

Anonymous said...

3 easy miles in the mid-14's, Vic's coming on! I see a new home page photo in the near future.


TX Runner Girl said...

I agree with June! Must be nice. Great run!

ravenclawprefect said...

Great run!

You know, it would have to be pitch black with zero chance of light to get me to run in just a jogging bra so ...rock on Vic!


Barbara said...

I think you know by now what my reaction was to your morning decision....

atownrunner said...'re not gonna post a shirtless pic are you? a shirtless to go with those eyes may be more than the women could handle.

Vic said...

that would surely negate the nice eyes

Anonymous said...

So many lines. So little space.

Nah. Can't do that to you, Vic.


Pat Monahan said...

It would be great if the Cardinals fall into second. I'm a Reds fan, but I used to live in St. Louis too. I've been rooting for the 'stros and reds. Either will be fine, as long as it's not the Cards.

If the 'stros make it to the playoffs, I'm expecting to see you, Vic, shirtless in the stands with a big ole A on your chest.

Anybody but the Cards, Pat

Jenny said...

WTG Vic! I'm with the other girls - totally jealous!

Lisa said...

Way to get the job done, Vic. :)

Kim said...

Good Job keep up the good work! I am plodder plodder plodder! 89 percent humidity yikes! If I was a guy I would run shirtless too!