“A summer cold is a different animal
an ugly animal... oooh!
It hits you in the summer,
When you've got a lot to do!”
My odd mind has reverted frequently this week to the lyrics above from a 60’s TV commercial for Contac. It had a fuzzy-looking character out zapping people in the park and at picnics. In the midst of the triple digit heat index we’ve had all week, the summer cold animal snagged me well.
Interestingly, running has helped work through it. I stuck with my schedule except for swapping a Friday 5 miler in place of the Thursday run when it was tough to crawl out of bed. In each case, I felt better after running than before. Go figure.
Today’s schedule called for 6 miles along with another 5km time trial in 25:15 or less. With no local races scheduled here in the August doldrums, I just ran on a measured 5K course not far from my house. It is a different dynamic entirely to push yourself without the pack of other races around. It was technologically different as well as I had loaned my Garmin to a friend this weekend who had to find some specific locations at his farm. So, I ran by feel, trying to keep the 8 minute/mile pace required. But, between the cold and the heat, the splits faded from 8:05 to 8:18 to 8:45. I was sopping wet and flushed by the end. But it is clearly good to push the pace and force the legs to turnover more quickly on a regular basis.
I jogged and walked home, redeeming an otherwise uninspiring run by doing an eco-run. I managed to fill an entire shopping bag with trash in the half-mile walk/run home. Pretty disgusting but just a little prettier when I got done.
The good stuff gets rolling next weekend with a 16 miler on tap...now that will be fun!
Persevere, even with a fuzzy-looking character chasing you.