30 July 2010

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Everyone wussed out on running today, for different reasons, some more legitimate than others;-) So instead of my usual morning training run, I opted to run at the local soccer park while my son was participating in a team soccer camp to get ready for the upcoming season. Palmer Park is not a small park, covering 2 football fields, 12 baseball and softball diamonds and 5 soccer fields, so I figured trying to run a loop around the perimeter of the park should allow me to run as much or as little as I wanted. I had never done that before, so I had a couple of people take guesses at the circumference of the park. Unexpectedly, I was right on the money with my tip. The loop was 1.72 miles and I had tipped 1.75 as the distance. Not bad at all. While the initial goal was to run 2-3 hours, I decided to just run 45 minutes or so or 5 easy miles. Well, you really can't call any type of physical outdoor activity easy these days. At 5pm, the temps were still in the low 90s and the humidity once again had to be near 100%. The term soaked did not come close to describe the state of my clothes after just one lap. After three laps, my hands were as pruny as they are after a long bath. With a soccer tournament coming up this weekend, a nice little 5 miler was just what I needed to keep up my ultra training without buring myself out before having to play multiple games of soccer in two days. That's my type of cross training;-)

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