Lake Michigan at Sunrise

Lake Michigan at Sunrise

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

WRCE Pint Night Monday and Tuesday Strength Run

Monday evening Fleet Feet was hosting their monthly Pint Night Run, which has become the agenda planning run for the Wurst Running Club Ever.  My running plan had an easy 8 mile run scheduled, so I tried to do 5 miles to Fleet Feet then do 3 miles with the WRCE. I messed up my planning somewhere and ended up doing a bit over 9. At least I didn't go too fast (TWSS).

The conversation contents of the evening are for attendees only (why didn't you join us?). But here are a few photos taken by the famous Pete (few more pending release):
I failed to back my thing up, sorry
Edit: Thanks for the photo Pete:
I had to get my WRCE approved rear shot


That is a beer, and Erin given jazz hands in the back
I was starving by the time we got to the bar, as I usually eat dinner between 5-6pm, and it was now 8pm.  I knew that this later dinner was going to cause an issue for this morning's run, so I will at least enjoy it.  I had a cider beer with fish and chips.

I get to bed around 10:15am, and saw I was barely going to get 5 hours of sleep tonight with my alarm set for 3:40am. Oh well!

Beep beep! time to get up. Wasn't sure how much my legs had in them after finishing my last run only 9 hours ago. At least I am not as groggy as I thought I would be. I got to drinking my coffee, did my business, and was out at about 4:15am.  I met up with Erin (not the above captioned Erin) and we did some of our warm up miles together.

I had a strength run planned for today. 2 mile warm up, 6 x 1 mile intervals at 10 seconds slower than marathon pace, .25 mile jogs between, and then a 1.5 mile cool down.

I did them pretty well, but as I kinda of expected, around mile 5 I started feeling a bio alarm turning on. As I looped back, I felt the alarm go off fully in the middle of an interval and slowed down and paused my GPS as I walked to the bathroom on Belmont.  Knowing that bathroom is open has been a real mental live saver.  Oddly enough, there was a guy using it at 5:15am, what are the chances? I thought about using the ladies bathroom, but that would be mean.  There were some portapotties outside left from the Air and Water show, but who wants to use that? I waited about 2 minutes and the restroom was free.

Much better now.

Start GPS again and get back on my run. I felt rather cool now after about a 5 minute break and the sweat giving me a chill.  After the next mile I felt fine again.
You can see in my red splits 3 and 4 where my bio alerts started to set in. #5 was getting back into the swing of things, but was closer to what it should be, and 6 was nice.

In the last mile jogging home, I felt this sudden wave of prickling all over my body. I freaked thinking something was going on with me, but then I realized.. gnats.

I've complained about gnats before, but holy ****.  This was a new level.  A FOG of gnats from my feet to my head.  Everyone was trying to wave them out of their face, coughing, and had faces of horror. This lasted for about 2 blocks and it was HORRIBLE.

Last note - I won't be getting you any more sunrise photos as the sunrise is coming up well after 6am and I finish my runs before then. Sad right? I tried to take a photo of the full moon, but my phone photos were getting washed out by the street lights.  I'll see what I can do tomorrow about it.

Have a great day everyone!

Physical Therapy for me today, excited to get some massages on my leg!

29 comments:

  1. I got you on the gnats. They were completely insane today!


    Glad you could get your run in with a late dinner and little sleep, even if it wasn't exactly to plan.

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  2. Sounds like it was a fun night...nice choice on dinner. Good run this morning too, but WTF someone using your toilet at 5:15??
    That was an awesome moon last night...my daughter and I had the telescope out on the weekend checking it out.

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  3. We tend to eat later - so an 8pm dinner would sometimes be considered early for us

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  4. At least they don't bite right?
    It was as to plan as I could expect! Just glad bio alarm was close to the bathroom!

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  5. next time I'm just going to get a bagel and beer lol


    I need to get myself a telescope, especially as my kid gets older too!

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  6. MADNESS! 8pm is pretzel time for me

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  7. I thought strength workouts were 10 seconds faster than MP? That's what I did today!



    The gnats were awful this morning. I kept batting them out of my eyes and mouth but was still covered when I got home.

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  8. They are! I forgot to set my phone app to tell me my pace every half mile, so I tried to go by feel as much as I could. I didn't know my intervals until the end. I should have been doing about 6:54.


    I wonder if the gnats are invading.. It is like the gnat tornadoes that usually exist above the trees landed. GROSSEST feeling ever

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  9. The last time I went on a run with that crew, I ended up embarrassingly drunk! I actually switched my derby schedule in hopes of making the next one! The gnats aren't so bad by me, it's the skunks you have to watch out for!

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  10. What happens at Pint Night stays at Pint Night. Until everyone blogs about it, which is obviously why random runners in Canada want to join #WRCE.

    I ended up eating at 9:15 last night, which is only slightly later than usual. But with no kids and no 4am run, I guess it makes sense :)

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  11. Random runners every should want to join #WRCE, which is why we need an entrance exam and sausage fitness test!

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  12. When is the next pint night run? Sounds fun!

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  13. http://www.fleetfeetchicago.com/pint-nights-event-2319.php



    9/16/13!

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  14. Nobody is happier than me that you chose to refrain from backing that thang up.


    This blog made me tired, but DYING to join the WRCE. I can assure you my sausage fitness is on par with the rest of you.

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  15. there is a photo pending of me running across the street backwards just to get my thing backed up for a photo. We'll see if the photographer releases it!


    You talk a bit sausage for sure, But can you handle it?

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  16. That's a personal question, sir.

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  17. nothing is personal in the #WRCE , we are a hive mind of sausage

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  18. Haha, well there is plenty of embarrassing, but we are all too tired to get drunk now on Mondays! Hope you can make it and pass the test to be a Wurst Runner!

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  19. Pete B lakefronttrail.blogspotAugust 20, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    The photographer has posted the picture of you running backwards. #wrce

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  20. This sounds awesome! I hope to join you guys for the next pint night.

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  21. ChristopolisTiberiusAugust 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    I keep meaning to make it out to this, but something always comes up! Shooting for the next one. Cheers! ;-)

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  22. One of these days I will join you all.

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  23. Yay for the WRCE!!! Based on the super cute pictures, it looks like y'all had a blast, yet again! See you Thursday at Anne's?

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  24. Oooh, moon photos, yes please!


    Do gnats bite? Or was the tingling feeling from having them crawl all over you? When do those things go away?!?!?! We had a mosquito infestation earlier in the summer but they haven't been an issue since June or so. It's nice to be able to breathe and be reasonably sure nothing's coming in with the air.

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  25. Can't you just go out in a TARDIS and not miss these events?

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  26. Always a fun time! We plan on being at Sausage Fest thursday!

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  27. Gnats don't bite, if they do, i haven't experienced it. You do get them in your eyes, ear, nose, or eat them by mistake. It felt like very find grain of sands being thrown at you. I don't recall the gnats being this bad last year!

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