I finally paddled out toward the line up at 8:10 Saturday morning. North Florida surfers were being graced with another strong pulse of swell energy from the second distant Atlantic hurricane within a week. I barely caught the hurricane surf from a week ago and it was looking like I would get skunked again. My workload and poor scheduling habits put a huge dent in my favorite past time activity. Friends were questioning if I really even cared about surfing anymore. I mean, if you’re a surfer it’s sacrilegious to miss good hurricane surf. Unfortunately, that’s what was happening.
Saturday morning I faced two options.
1) Get up early, head across town and run a quick 5 miles with the group and an even “quicker” individual timed mile (mm).
2) Get up early, head to the beach and surf fun, clean, chest and head high hurricane swells.
I created an option three.
Run fast and race back to the beach for surf.
It turned out to be a good plan.
The Magic Mile was back on our schedule for Saturday. I prefer to think of it as the Sadistic Mile.
Curiously, only a third (maybe half) of our training group showed up. Short distance runs create problems for some of the folks that plan long weekend runs. I understand this challenge but I also have to wonder if it’s the S&M that keeps them away. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it’s an unnatural thing to do to the body. But it is a necessary evil. Without pain there is no gain.
My MM was 5:50.
This mile time is not much faster than my first MM but I feel I’m getting stronger in my distance runs.
We will run a 5k race next weekend and then it’s a twenty mile run the following weekend. (scratches head) Yep, we are running twenty miles!
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