Men who stare at cats… while running

By Skip

Today started off very early… as usual.  Our weekends are not really weekends anymore.  They are “let’s see how much we can cram into these next 48 hours.”  Today was no exception.  We headed down to Miami before the sunrise to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure.  What an absolutely amazing event!  There were over 21,000 participants there.  I have never seen so many humans in one spot!  On the roads, it looked like a “sea” of people.  Here are a couple of pictures from that event. 

A sea of people 21,000 strong!

Crossing the finish line (walking)

I have to say I was very impressed on the organization of the event because the lead up TO the event was very disorganized…. which surprised me considering the size of the non-profit and the money that they bring in.  Very touching day and I am so glad that we did it.  Will I do it again next year?  You betcha! 

We got home at a halfway decent hour and had a bunch of errands to run… the usual.  Grocery shopping, house cleaning, washing the car….. ok, so we snuck a 1/2 hour nap in there as well.  By the time we had finished it was dinner time.  Since I needed to digest dinner, we did dinner and a movie.  My wife made me home-made Panang Curry and we sat down and watched “Men Who Stare At Goats.”  What a bizarre and funny movie. 

When that was over with I headed out for my run.  This is what was on my agenda for the day (night): 

  • WU: Run 5 minutes @ Pace Zone 2 (low Aerobic)
  • MS: Run 20 minutes @ Pace Zone 3 (moderate Aerobic),
    • Run 15 minutes @ Pace Zone 4 (High Aerobic)
  • CD: Run 5 minutes @ Pace Zone 2 (Low Aerobic)

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Let’s just say that I modified those “pace zones” as they were way too slow for me.  I mentioned that in the last post… what I am going to do is list the “recommended” pace zones and what I consider to be more accurate… for ME.  Everybody is different, which is why a “pace zone” is a great way to create a generic workout plan.  It works for EVERYBODY. 

I went out tonight without and audio in my ears…. which I have been guilty of the past few runs.  As soon as I did this an interesting thing happened; I noticed my breathing was all off and that I was not landing properly which explains the neck pains I have been experiencing over the past few days.  I thought it was from over running, but now I believe it was from bad form due to lack of attention.  I think I will coin a new term… R.A.D.  Running Attention Deficit. 

Once I hit the faster part of my main set I had everything corrected and I was cruising along.  I actually noticed how silent I was running.  It was creepy how quiet I was.  About that moment I saw what I thought was a raccoon on the side of the road.  I was almost right on top of it when it looked up at me and it was a black cat and it was freaked out that I “snuck up” on him like that and he darted halfway out into the road.  As I looked back I couldn’t help but think that it looked like my beloved “Calvin” back home and how I would not want him to be scared out in the middle of the road so I did a quick turn around and scooted him to safety. 

Not more than 100 feet from that incident I freaked out ANOTHER cat that did not hear me approach.  Wow, I am super Ninja running man!  Luckily there were no more spooked critters that crossed my path, that I could see.  I carried on with my pace and made it back home.  I had too laugh…. I was the “Man who stared at cats” and literally freaked them out. 

When I synced up this run, I was presented with a congratulation video on the NikeRunning website that told me I had “laced up” 5 days in a row.. never thought about it before but yes… I guess it has been five days in a row now and I am still injury free. 

Tomorrow I have a long run on my schedule and I will be hitting my 500th mile (for the year) during that workout, God willing.  I say that becuase I hope to wakeup with my legs feeling good.  Actually, I just hope to wake up… it’s always a good day if you get beyond that point!  I have finished writing this a little after midnight so I guess you could say I already made it to the next day 🙂

Filed in: 5K, Running • Saturday, October 16th, 2010


Well, dare I be the one to remind you that it’s bad luck when a black cat crosses your path? Enjoyed this post. Felt like I was running and rescuing cats right with you….


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