I'll get to the prisoner part in a bit, I promise. First: my timed mile as part of Running Ricig's "Proof You Didn't Peak In High School" Virtual mile.
Yes, I'm excited. Mostly because this was by far the fastest mile I've ever run! A few months ago, I ran a treadmill mile in 7:45. Today? 7:01!!! Woo-hoo, that's a 44 second PR, baby--and it was on solid ground, not a treadmill!
Now, my confession--I may have been spurred on by a few outside events. Halfway through the mile, I heard some whooping and cheering, and then a lot of harsh shouting. The cause? Some Georgia Prison inmates in a truck with the small back windows open, getting pretty excited to see me running by--and then getting scolded by the sheriff! They were on their way to pick up litter along a different road, but it still scared me. I guess it was good though, since it got me to run faster to pass them while they were stuck at the light!
After a warm-up mile, and then a timed mile, I was almost ready to pass out. I slowed to a walk for a while, and then picked it back up with some 1/2 mile intervals, and 1/4 mile hill sprints. Even though it is NOT fun doing speedwork in this weather, I have to hope it's making me faster!
If you haven't signed up for the virtual mile, you still have time! The deadline is the last day in July. It's a great way to measure your progress, and predict future race times. Plus, you get a super cool bib like this:
I know I'm not even sweaty here---my run ended 30 minutes before this picture was taken. I had to get home and have someone take my picture!
Have you ever done a virtual race?
This is my second one! I also did a virtual 5k race a few months ago. I think it's such a great idea, and makes me work harder since I have to submit my time.
What's the scariest thing that's happened to you on a run/walk outside?
Even though the prisoners today scared me a bit, I knew I was obviously safe. But there have been times where people stop where I'm running and yell that truly worry me! Once, it was getting to be dark on a Friday night, and some guys in a Jeep stopped and tried to get me to get in their car. There were a few other cars driving by, but I was petrified!