Sunday, February 8, 2009
Long run on a gorgeous morning!
Got up at 6:30 am this morning (sucks since today is a Sunday) in the hopes that I would be able to finish my run in time to get to church for 10:15 out in Waldorf. So after getting some cereal and a cup of coffee in me, I got dressed and stretched. However, then I had to hit the restroom, at which point Colvin decided to let his displeasure with my plan plain, crying loudly. So after he had woken up Betsy (who isn't feeling well), I changed his diaper and got him ready for his breakfast then hit the road, about 20 min later than I had originally planned. Anyway, got off at a moderate pace, finishing the first mile in 8:36 min, then hitting the dirt road and the hill on Apple Valley Rd (15% over a 0.1 mile), slowing me down to an 8:59 mile. However, once I hit the pavement again, my pace quickened back to my typical pace, maintaining a nice 8:15 min/mile or so for the remainder of the run until the last two miles where I picked it up a bit more. I finished the miles in 8:36, 8:59, 8:13, 8:12, 8:24, 8:17, 8:17, 8:11, 8:07, 7:57 min/mile. Good run, with really nice temps and low winds (50's), but it did look like it was going to rain the whole time. Although that also blocked some of the sun, so I can't complain too much!
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!