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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Four on the Floor

What does "four on the floor" even mean? Is it a car reference? I think it has something to do with an engine and putting the gas pedal all the way down. I could be wrong, though.

Regardless, I definitely put my gas pedal all the way down during my lunch run on Tuesday. The combination of wind, literally freezing temperatures, and my only running buddy being someone who runs a 10K in 46 minutes (that's almost 10 minutes faster than me) made me push hard for our 4 miler.

We started out into the wind which may have slowed us down some. It also took my breath away so I wasn't all that talkative during the first two miles. Then, on the second half of the run I was sucking wind and there was no way I could talk. I was not surprised to see my average pace drop to sub-9 minutes and when I uploaded my Garmin stats I also wasn't surprised to see that my splits looked like this:

Mile 1 - 9:29 (wind and stopping for traffic)
Mile 2 - 8:46
Mile 3 - 8:30
Mile 4 - 8:43

I pushed it HARD during that third mile and even so my running buddy took off on ahead for the last mile. That's okay with me, though, because I wasn't exactly talkative company.

I was really glad to get in a run at lunch but I think my speed and the weather conditions really took it out of me. At 4:00 my brain totally checked out (too bad I was in a meeting), I was starving when I got home, and could barely manage to make dinner. Oops. It's been so long since I ran at lunch that I forgot I need to bring lots of post-run snacks.

When I walked into my office after running my boss took one look at me and said, "Please tell me you didn't go running. It's COLD out there!" I may not like to run in the rain but cold will never stop me. I'll just put my foot to the floor and power on.


Anonymous said...

Actually I think 4 on the floor means it's a 4 speed manual transmission and the shifter is on the floor not on the steering column. However "pedal to the metal" means you have the accelerator all the way down.

kilax said...

Awesome run! I love running in the cold too. My splits have dropped from this summer - I think it is due to the cold.

It's funny you mention you could barely manage to make dinner! Steven and I went to Chow Patty last night and I told him you wanted to go there... he thought we should call you and invite you and Jason last minute. But I figured you already had dinner planned (but we do have to go there - I got this lentil&rice, veggie pancake thing that was SO GOOD).

Anonymous said...

You got it right, wulf. There also used to be a steering column mounted shifter with a three speed transmission, (three on the tree)!

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

I think it's great you run out in the cold because I would be a sissy and stay inside! And it's amazing anyone can run a 10K in 46 minutes is amazing, whoa!

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