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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Office Hour Alternative

As promised, I was able to get the chance to run after class this afternoon. I brought my running clothes with me to work, and after my 2-3:15 class, I changed in my office and was out on the pavement for the run by 3:30.

I don't usually run near my work, so I had little plan in terms of route; I just went south and decided to see where it took me. The first 1.25 was pretty busy in terms of both car and pedestrian traffic. Schools were just getting out and it was pretty congested, but once I got farther south of that, there were fewer lights and less commercial property, so less traffic. I ran until 2.5 miles and then turned around and took the same path back for a total of 5 miles.

Despite the traffic at the beginning and ending of the run (I discovered that people pulling out of McDonald's drive-thru are only looking at their Big Macs -- they are NOT watching for runners), it was a good run. The weather was in the low 50s, with clear skies and a light breeze which was a big improvement over the chill this morning. I decided to wear shorts and a long sleeved tech shirt, but chose to take the shirt off about a mile into the run. I was a little cool, but in the shirt, I was too hot -- this would've been the perfect run for arm sleeves, but I just can't justify buying them when I'll maybe get to use them once or twice a year.

I think the cool air, and certainly the lack of humidity, help me run a little better and I ran these 5 miles in 50:26 for an average pace of 10:06/mile and I even ran my 2nd mile in 9:40!

I was back in my office by 4:30, and while I don't have showering facilities nearby, I brought a towel and some deodorant to freshen up. And to be honest, with such cool, dry weather, I feel like I barely sweat, so my hair may not look great for my class tonight, but otherwise I think I'm pretty much stink-free. Besides, I don't want to look and smell too good: I wanna keep those students at bay ;)

18 comments:

TNTcoach Ken said...

Yeah, I always had a thing for my stink-free teachers.........

Crystal said...

Nice job getting your run in and looks like pretty good times too!

bigkfamily said...

Knowing my students, they would say I looked funning if I did a mid-day run. LOL.

Nice job on the run, Jess!

teacherwoman said...

Sorry, that last post was me... accidently signed in with a different account! Oops!

MCM Mama said...

Yay for a mid-day run! I love it when I run and it's kind of cool out and I can get away without showering and not totally offend everyone around me.

inmytummy said...

Good job on the run. I sometimes run at lunch and although I (most of the time) shower, my face is always bright red and people are always looking at me funny. Oh well. Like you said, keeps them at bay.

Wes said...

way to adapt and overcome :-) (and I wasn't talking about the smell)

Lisa said...

well done.

I just couldn't do it. I sweat too much no matter what. sigh.

Jess said...

Way to get your run in in between classes!

MN Mom said...

Maybe one will leave a note that says, "give me a stinking A".

Becca said...

Great job! Glad it turned out well for you!

Heather said...

Nice job getting a run in between classes! I love getting runs in at work. And baby wipes work great for freshening up, too.

I read so many great books in '09 . . . for a hilarious read about the first year of motherhood, Samantha Wildes, This Little Mommy Stayed Home. Great memoirs: Claire Fontaine & Mia Fontaine, Comeback; Andrew Gottlieb, Drink, Play, F@#k (the "guy" version of Eat, Pray, Love). I also really liked Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; Wally Lamb, The Hour I First Believed (although it dragged a little in parts), Janelle Brown, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything. Really, the list goes on and on. :)

X-Country2 said...

I'd love to run in the middle of the day like that. Lucky ducky!

Stuart said...

That's awesome...have you looked at Action Wipes?

D10 said...

I have been wanting to try arm sleeves too. But like you, I just don't know how much use I would get out of them.

Way to crunch in the run after class.

N.D. said...

nice, way to fit it in!

Christie said...

Nice run. And I would kill for 50° weather.

Amanda said...

Good job getting your run in. Lol at the people staring at their Big Macs.