I originally was going to run bright and early this morning, but decided instead to make a run to Gibson’s Donuts to pick up some breakfast for the wife and me. I grabbed a couple of standard chocolate glazed donuts, a cinnamon bun, and a maple bacon doughnut. That’s right, a maple bacon doughnut! And it was outstanding! It is a glazed doughnut with maple icing and bacon crumbled on top. It is a perfect blend of sweet, salty, and traditional breakfast flavors. Now, I know most people think this sounds disgusting, but trust me, just be adventurous this one time. It is worth it. Maybe my adulation for this doughnut is my love affair with breakfast and my rules revolving around breakfast. Rules? It is quite simple, when you have french toast, you must have bacon, and hence, the marriage of bacon and maple on this doughnut. Susan looks at my like a freak every time I tell her this rule (and maybe I am), but that is how I’m wired. And after my not so runner friendly breakfast, I decided to delay my run until the early afternoon.
Today was another phenomenal day for a run. 55 degrees when I stepped outside and not a cloud in sight. I knew it was going to be a great run. After last week’s debacle, I have been eager to get back out there for a long run to redeem myself of sorts. I strapped on my CamelBak and hit the street. I ran virtually the same route as last week with a couple of subtle changes to add the extra mile, including adding the biggest hill in the neighborhood to get a little practice for the Germantown and 4 Bridges Half Marathons. My first three and a half miles were right in line with my expected pace, and then I hit the hill. My pace dipped, but not too bad. The biggest issue was the mile or so post hill. That is when I saw my slowest time split of the afternoon, 10:01, so at mile 5.1, I decided to take my GU and I saw an almost immediate boost. Mile six became my fastest at a pace of 9:07 and whereas last week this was the point I was fantasizing about jumping into traffic to end my misery, today I was feeling great. I’m sure having water readily available with my CamelBak, as well as the much better weather were contributing factors to today’s satisfying success. I ended with a pace of 9:45 for 8.02 miles and recorded my fastest 10K time of all time, completing the distance in 1:00:39. Now if I can keep these times moving forward, especially in a race or two, I will be considerably pleased.
I also finally decided to invest in some moisture wicking socks. I didn’t notice an earth-shattering difference while I was running from normal socks I guess, but it wasn’t too warm or humid, so we will see in the upcoming weeks. I will say that my feet were dry and comfortable when I got home, so they must of done something for me today.
Now that I have finished my post run stretches and refueling, I’m on the couch, hydrating, and watching the Falcons vs 49er’s game. I am not a fan of either team, but I am a devoted Atlanta Braves fan, so I decided to pull for the Falcons. Susan, being an Ole Miss girl, and staunch Patrick Willis fan, does not agree with this choice. Our dog Beau is lying next to me, completely indifferent to the game, but happy to have someone home today to relax with him.
A couple of quick notes about the game. It seems odd that Fox has Troy Aikman calling the game even though he is obviously sick. Erin Andrews could not of found a tighter pair of pants to wear today. Zac Brown Band killed it on the National Anthem. The Georgia Dome is insanely loud today. The Falcons are starting just like last week, but hopefully they don’t doze off like they did in the second half against the Seahawks. The 49er’s look completely lost right now. The terrible Tennessee Lottery commercial from last night has migrated to big Fox. With the amount of ads and cast of The Following, unless it gets American Idol ratings, it will probably be considered a bust. I have been seeing promos for this show for what feels like years at this point. I wonder if the Falcons win the Super Bowl if the city of Atlanta caves and builds them a new, yet unnecessary stadium.