Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sweet Sweet Telephone Pole Shadow of Shady Goodness

Swim Day
1 x 200- Warm-up
4 x 200
2 x 300
1 x 100- Cool down

Run Day
time- 1:01
distance- 6.09

This was an off week for swimming. There was much tightness and stroke clunkiness. I'm chalking it up to my first week back at morning swims and leaving it there. If it's still a problem in two week I shall begin to conspicuously ignore the Panic Button while thinking about it constantly.
And my run today seems slower than Wednesday's, but if you look at the graphs my splits per mile are actually slightly faster expect mile four, because at my turn around I stopped and water some plants, and mile six, because I took a few pictures. The data contradicts what my body was telling me, which was, "You are sooooo slow today! I'm pretty sure we just got passed by that rock."
Anyway, it was pretty warm out the road and I decided I needed to document something I do and I hope other runners do as well: The Sweet Sweet Telephone Pole Shadow of Shady Goodness.
I love you, Telephone Pole Shadow
You see, dear friends, there isn't a whole lot of shade on my normal run. I have to take what I can get. And what I can get in my last mile is evenly spaced telephone poles. Run at the right time of day, approx. 4pm it looks like, and you get shadows that line up juuuust right. Now, does this actually help? I wouldn't bet money on it. The temperature difference, if there is one at all, can't be more than a degree or two. But that's in real life. Runners do not run in real life. We run in Runner's World (we even have a magazine). And in Runners World shadows = shade = ahhhh, much better for the three second it takes to run through the shadows. Yes, I aim for the shadow. I run to it. And while I'm doing it I think, "This is so silly. There's no way this ahhhhhhhh, that's the stuff, I love you Telephone Pole shadawww it's gone."
Note: Street Sign Shadows deserve no love. Observe:
Fail, Street Sign Shadow. Fail.


  1. If you're worried about heat training for the Kona race--as mentioned in your "Loud DSQ Trainer Session" post--I'd start running in the hottest part of the day.

    The bike portion won't actually be as hot as you think. Sure, it's hot and your core temperature is high cause you're working hard, but you're generating your own breeze so the perceived heat is not that bad. But when you get off the bike...yeh. That's gonna suck. Trust me on that.

    You're running through a lava field in 90 degree temperatures with high humidity in the middle of the day. In blazing sun. In June. You might get cloud cover. Don't count on it. :)

  2. Sean- Way to suck the fun out of the post, man. Don;t be such a Britta.