Sunday, November 05, 2006

Sunday, Sunday!

What an absolutely glorious day for a run! Gorgeous sunrise in one direction and a beautiful full moon setting in the dawn sky in the other direction. Temperature was cool at -2 to +2C (28-34F) and just a light north wind.
And of course the best part was joining up again with my long lost buddies from Maine at good old Boyden Lake! No time for a butt shot today cause it was frosty and time to get moving. More details later after I finish watching the New York City marathon off the live feeds. See ya in a bit...

OK, much longer. Now that was an interesting race with a wide open field on both sides. One of the Kimbia runners, Stephen Kiogora (aka Baba), did very well finishing in 2nd and almost caught the get away Brazilian winner. The NBC hour of coverage was complete junk with none of the key leader moves shown or explained. Oops, and here comes the womens winner out of nowhere... The live video feed on the other hand was great and worth the $5 to see the blow by blow and you can go back and download it to view again. On the Lance front I'm going to have to eat my words and 'lick his boots' because he somehow scraped out a sub-3 but just barely. You have to give him credit for doing it and raising a ton of $ for cancer research but the media circus is another thing.

Back to our morning run, did I say what a great day for running it was? Cool but perfect and we were all happy to be wearing an extra layer today. With all the early morning shade and light winds it would have been on the chilly side in shorts. We started out nice and easy and soon the miles were clicking away at about 8:30 pace as the conversation rambled all over the place from running, racing, jobs, weather, birthdays, you name it. This was Marc's 1st initiation on the course and I think he was quite impressed with the quiet backroads with very few cars and great views at every turn. He may even come back for another taste test in the coming months. In the 2nd part of the run we unconsiously picked up the pace and the last miles hovered around 8:00. Final total of 17 miles in 2:21 and my 1st venture over 2 hours since the marathon was a success with my running friends to keep me moving today.

Great run guys! Have a good week!

11 comments:

Phil said...

I am a fan of Lance, but the media circus was something else all together. Did we really need a "lance cam"?

You certainly had a great run today. Working your way down to 8:00/mi on your first long run since your marathon was a fine accomplishment. Sounds like your ready for another marathon.

Andrew said...

A great time Mike! Looks like Marc might make a December outing. See you next week!

Marc said...

I really enjoyed the run and will see you again in December for 20+. In the mean time I will be putting in the miles here at the training camp.

olga said...

Friends are awesome for the run! Nice picture too:)

Phil said...

Oh Mike ... forgot to thank you for the great picture. I ripped it off to add to my Screen Saver rotation.

robtherunner said...

No doubt from the pictures it appears to be a glorious morning for a long run with friends. I wish the networks would have live coverage for the big marathons.

Rocky Acres Greenhouse said...

Beautiful sunrise!!! May I ask what kind of camera you use?

Love2Run said...

Glad you like the pictures. I use an older Olympus Cammedia CM-2100 which has image stabilization and a 10x optical zoom. It's a great camera with a super lens but only 2 megapix.

Rocky Acres Greenhouse said...

Thank you. Second time in the last week that I have seen great pics from a lower pixel Olympus - great color and sharp image obviously compensate - I would not have guessed it was 2 megapixels...

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

No butt shot, I'm so disappointed, guys! Just kidding. Heh, I'm finally working my way around and trying to catch up.

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