I live in a pretty diverse area. So diverse that within a three mile radius we have everything from 5,000 sq. ft. million dollar (probably more like $800k these days) McMansions to Section 8 subsidized rental apartments. Where I live is closer to the subsidized rentals than the huge mansions, but we are all homeowners in my neighborhood and it's mostly quiet and peaceful.
So when I was running through the lesser area yesterday morning before 5:30am, about 2.5 miles into my 16 miler, it was kind of surprising to see the five police cars stop up the street and a foot pursuit start with the cops trying to catch two guys who were walking on the sidewalk and then took off when the police pulled up near them.
But even before I got to that spot I saw police cars prowling around, and for once I was glad to be wearing my reflective vest and being as visible as possible at that time of day. But then I got to thinking. If you're doing whatever, say breaking into houses, what would be a better cover than acting like you're a runner when you're making your getaway? You could stash the stolen goods, pick up a vest and a hydration belt you stuck at the stash spot beforehand, run home, not worry about anything and pick up your stuff when things cool down. Even though the police were shining their spotlights all over looking for the people they were looking for, they never once trained one on me or slowed down passing me to get a closer look at me.
But then maybe I just didn't fit the general description of the suspects. Still, I think I have plan if I ever enter a life of crime.
And hey, if I wasn't out running I'd have had no idea stuff like that goes on in my area.
As for the run, it went ok. There was a point where I was going up a hill and my knee just started to kill me. The thought that went through my head was "jeebus, what is it this time?" Then I looked at my Garmin and saw I was at 12.2 miles. I had visions of having to walk home 4 miles again and cursed the fact that I seem to always have problems around 12-12.5 miles. It's like the devil mile for me.
I walked up the hill and when I crested it started running again and felt fine. So I don't know what that was all about.
I also took another short walk break at about 14 miles for a minute or two and then ran strong the rest of the way home.
So it wasn't a great, flawless run, and I was a little slower than I'd have liked, but it was ok and it was hilly, so for what it was I can't complain too much.
It also says something that I can run (with a couple short walk breaks) 16 miles now and not be sore the next day. How did that happen?