14 Miles in 1:34:29 (6:45/mile) on a great morning, 56 degrees, in West Little Rock. Up at 3:55 am, piece of wheat bread and half-cup of coffee, followed by GU and 4 ounces of water.
Nice training run this morning with the following 4-mile splits:
Miles 1 - 4: 27:30
Miles 5 - 8: 54:00 (Roctane)
Miles 9 - 12: 1:21:30
Miles 13 - 14: 1:34:29
Of note, I got megaphoned this morning by a Pulaski County Sheriff's Deputy...at Mile 5, cruising downhill on the very empty streets on one of the more enjoyable parts of this run, I see headlights slowing behind me and then hear: "USE THE SIDEWALK." And while I was tempted to turn around and question (1) His jurisdiction, and (2) His rationale for taking the time and effort to spook me at 4:30 am, I figured getting arrested would screw up my run (and then I'd really be pissed). So I jumped on the sidewalk for about a half-mile, and after making the next turn, slid my happy rear back onto the blacktop...
The Man will not hold me down.
Plus, anybody seen the movie, "RAD", about the newspaper delivery kid who became this BMX race champion? [The soundtrack featured hits like "Send Me and Angel" and "Break the Ice", and along with Gleaming the Cube, RAD helped shape my childhood]. Anyway, in RAD, Crew Jones, the newspaper boy turned BMX champion used this move during the qualifying races where he would jump the rope off the sidewalk onto the blacktop to pick up some time on other racers. It was pretty awesome, and obviously, his background as a newspaper delivery boy had educated him on the relative advantages of blacktop pavement over concrete sidewalks.
Week 3 of College Football today: Hogs' 56 - Men of Troy 10. Pig Sooiee!!! We got the Tide next week!!!