Just an easy run to cook off some extra energy. I spent my morning in court for the first time. Well, technically I've been to court once for a tour and once for an "indoctrination" speech for new drivers. Since then, it's been a good 15 years since I've set foot in a court room. And this is the first time I've gone for any legal matter involving me. No, I wasn't in trouble. I saw a reckless driver, called the police, they didn't find him in time to pull him over. Since all they had was my word against his, they couldn't really do much. So I filed a civil complaint (or citizen's warrant if you prefer) against the driver. Which means I got to stand before a judge this morning and testify to what I saw the young man do. As expected, the charge was reduced and he had to pay a fine. Which is fine with me. He was punished for his deeds and it felt like the punishment fit the crime. I wasn't asking for him to be raked over the coals but I also didn't want him to walk away without anything.
After shaking in my boots before the judge I made the mistake of amping up even more with another coffee on the way home. Needless to say when I went for my run I felt like I was on fire. I wasn't really and didn't feel like I was moving that fast but my mind was flying down the road like a jet. There's other things on my mind too but the court room drama was front and center.
Along the way I saw some VDOT workers cutting down trees that have been teetering on the side of the road for some time. Feel much safer knowing they're gone. I mean, I even felt nervous running under the trees. Sometimes I'd duck when I drove under them, just waiting for them to fall over. So that was fun seeing my Lumberjack brethren taking a saw to a tree. Outside of that, the run was pretty sedate. Although I did see a fellow pedestrian. That was cool.
Temps were about 65F with a light wind. Mostly cloudy and even though the humidity felt low, there was a slight sprinkle of rain for the last half mile.
Fluids and Fuel:
Breakfast was coffee before court and an iced latte and breakfast burritos after court. Prior to the run I had a shot of Hammer Gel. During the run I had two bottles of Hammer Fizz. Recovery was chocolate ZICO followed by some Hammer Whey (mixed with coffee, ice, and ZICO) after my shower. Side note, the chocolate Whey isn't as good as the vanilla Whey (and the vanilla smells better too).
Aches and Pains:
My left ankle was stiff and sore this morning but everything felt okay during and after the run. My right hamstring was a little tight in the shower but nothing too terrible. I think it will continue to be a nagging ache for some time.
I went shirtless from the start today and I'm glad I did. I was also thinking in advance and used some Mission sun block on my head, shoulders, and arms before going out. I also took my phone so I could take pictures of my Lumberjack buddies.
Codename - I'm a Lumberjack and I'm okay
The fact that I specifically ran this route just to take a picture of some guys cutting down a tree should prove that I'm freaking crazy and you should never run with me.
Outbound - 20:55
Inbound - 20:08
Finish - 41:04 (2 and a half minute PR for this route)