I had plans for this series. A Thankful Series| The Wrong Stuff with my inaccurate Cowboy’s game prediction and my daughter’s explanation of why Thanksgiving should be after Christmas. A Thankful Series|The Loud Stuff with bad running photos and the alarm tone on my phone. A Thankful Series|The Amazing Stuff…
I had a list of ideas, a nice relaxing Thanksgiving planned with the family, and a taper to begin, but the universe conspired against me and swallowed my plans whole. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” This may be true most of the time, but for the past two weeks, all I got from the universe were two middle fingers.
Through it all, I managed to continue training, now tapering for the marathon. Barely. A SWAT team nearly took me out on my Sunday Long Run. Okay… “nearly took me out” may be a bit of an exaggeration, but I did have an encounter with the Richardson SWAT Team. I was running on Beltline Sunday morning, nearing the end of my 12 mile run, when I saw some Police activity up ahead. As I got closer, I saw a man that appeared to be in handcuffs, and across the street, I saw what I thought was a News crew with cameras running. When I ran past the officers and the suspect in cuffs, out of the corner of my eye I saw that the News crew was actually a SWAT team and the cameras were actually AR-15s.
Luckily, the standoff was wrapping up when I ran through the middle of it, and just before I reached the Police Station, two SWAT vehicles cruised past me. Within a couple of minutes, I cruised past them at a nice pace as they unloaded their AR-15s from the vans. My plan to get progressively faster throughout this 12 mile run worked out perfectly. Here are my splits.
Mile 1 – 8:29
Mile 2 – 8:05
Mile 3 – 8:06
Mile 4 – 8:06
Mile 5 – 7:50
Mile 6 – 7:53
Mile 7 – 8:06
Mile 8 – 7:58
Mile 9 – 7:49
Mile 10 – 7:39
Mile 11 – 7:32
Mile 12 – 7:12
The San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is in 3 days! Tomorrow I have 3 miles easy plus a 6 hour drive, and on Saturday, I have 3 miles easy plus strides and packet pickup! I will post pictures on Instagram and I will do my best to get another blog post in before RACE DAY!
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(This picture is completely unrelated to the running stats.)