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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Taking me back to the 60s

It was 64 degrees when I awoke this morning. This is heaven for a runner, especially a runner who has spent the last three months running when the temp was in the high 70s and low 80s.

What's the difference in 15 degrees? On Thursdays, it usually takes me about 45 minutes or so to complete this 5.8-mile hill course around TCU and the Colonial Country Club, though last week I knocked it out in 44 minutes.

On this Thursday, however, I cruised up and down those hills in 43:18. That's 20 to 25 seconds per mile faster than I usually go, and an overall time of two minutes faster.

And it wasn't like I was just pouring on the gas and running as hard as I could. In fact, because of the cooler temps, I didn't have to work as hard. Last week, when it was 78 degrees, my heart rate average was 171 beats per minute (85 percent of my max). Today, my heart rate average was 168 beats per minute (84 percent of max).

I can thank Hurricane Gustav for the unseasonably cool temperatures. I think we have two more mornings where it will be in the high 60s or low 70s before the absurdity of this summer comes back.

Writing update: Monday I published my first real story of substance in the Star-Telegram. This piece was about how crime in one neighborhood has dropped in part because of the city filing a civil lawsuit against some gang members.

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Blogger Bryan said...

Man, this cooler weather has been great!

Everything being relative, I actually considered it a bit chilly when I headed out for my run at 5:15 this morning. This is after spending a week in Colorado, where the average temperature during my runs was probably 40.

September 4, 2008 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Just_because_today said...

We have had the opposite in the east coast. Back to high 80's but maybe bc I am savoring the last few days of a summer, I have gotten myself out the door at lunch time and put in my miles albeit slow.
Good job on writing the story on crime decreasing.

September 4, 2008 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger rodney said...

It's been cooler lately in Mobile with the Gustav rain/wind. But summer here doesn't give up that easily...

September 4, 2008 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

You're getting fasssssssster, mister! We've actually been having a week of summer here-- shockingly enough...

September 5, 2008 at 2:03 AM  
Blogger Linden said...

Oh, I'm lovin the cooler weather, too! Isn't it fantastic?! And thanks for sharing your piece in the Star-Telegram! (Not that I know anything about gangs in Fort Worth, but it's cool to read something in a newspaper when you "know" the author!)

September 5, 2008 at 4:59 AM  

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