Running race (Trainer) 5:19  1.0 mi (5:19 / mi)
So, the fitness center at work does these competitions each month. Usually they’re based on something that no self respecting runner would be any good at, like pull-ups (I can do 2 or 3, the winner did 38). So, just when I’m thinking, “Gee, why don’t they test anything I’m good at?” this month’s contest comes out and it’s 1 mile on the treadmill.
Now, this is not the best month to be sliding in another hard effort, but how can I pass that up? I decided I could do it today and still recover for the Pig. I didn’t want to do it at lunch because then I’d be fried for this afternoon’s workout. I didn’t really want to do it right when I got in at 6AM, either. So, I invented an appointment on my calendar and went down there a bit after 9.
Ran OK – might have been able to shave off a couple more seconds, but the treadmill only goes to 12 MPH, so I couldn’t turn the speed up any faster in the last 200m. Warmed down and noticed that I had better move it or I was going to miss my 10AM meeting. Five minutes in an ice-cold shower wasn’t nearly enough time to stop sweating and this is a “business” environment (as in buttoned collar and tie), so I showed up at the meeting a bit damp. Nobody said anything so either people already have a pretty low opinion of my appearance or maybe they thought I had just finished chewing somebody out (I’m actually not one for loud reprimands, but folks often assume otherwise, me being from New York City and all).
Orienteering (Woods) 56:00  ***
HTFU training at Queeny (1:10). In anticipation of the Fair Hill meet, I set a bunch of legs that ran across fields and then into the nasty stuff for the control. Tried to keep pace decent even in the medium green (which is rapidly moving towards dark green). Actually a fun session, even if it did draw some blood.