Unfortunately, no concerts were involved.
Friday was a beautiful day. Cloudy, a bit of drizzle, temp in the low-50’s. A gorgeous day for a long run. And that’s what I did. A 20-miler, my last “long” run before next month’s Country Music Marathon. The plan was go out with the race in mind, negative split the course and keep my overall average pace within 30-seconds of my goal pace for the marathon. And that’s exactly what I did.
First was figuring out a course the replicated the CMM, which is fairly hilly during the opening miles, then flattens out as the course winds its way along the Cumberland River. I think I did that pretty well, although I know this 20 mile course is a bit tougher.
On top is my course, on bottom is the CMM course that I ran last year. This year they’ve made some minor changes to the course, but nothing drastic.
At the risk of jinxing myself, I am now confident in a significant PR for a marathon. Now it’s just a matter of managing my fatigue, tapering well and avoiding a last-minute injury.
Saturday was a day at work. It started out slow, then turned into quite an interesting afternoon as we issued a tornado watch for the area and then watched everything blow up around us. It’s one of those days of mixed emotions. You don’t want it to happen, but when you lay it all out there and forecast it when the day is nice and bright and sunny and there isn’t any activity anywhere near, you sure do hope that it does; y’all abuse us weather folks enough, remembering only the times that we get it wrong (which really isn’t that often).
But this guy got it wrong:
So very wrong.
Once the storms blew up around to our west and headed our way, we kept our fingers crossed that there wouldn’t be any significant damage and ideally no injuries.
It rolled through and we had reports of hail and wind damage in the area, as well as one highly questionable report of a funnel cloud, that, if the spotter was correct, would have put the funnel directly over my head as I was standing outside. A good look at the radar afterwards confirmed that there wasn’t any rotation.
But the real worry was up north, out of our area of concern. An EF-3 tornado rolled through a rural area of Kentucky. We were interrogating it pretty hard on the radar and shaking our heads, but had to turn our attention to those storms that were still coming at us. Luckily there weren’t any reports of significant damage or injuries in our area of concern.
Sunday turned out to be much, much colder. Everyone out west got the snow, we just got the cold. So after work it was an easy 5-mile run in tights and doubled up long-sleeves. And that run took me over 60 miles for the week.
And that definitely puts me on track for a marathon PR.
But we shall see.