- It was brutally humid after raining last night for the first time in a month
- It was mid- to upper-70s
- I had more dental work earlier in the week
- I had Week #2 of the natives-are-restless protest against the district because of the secondary school start times flip (and I do mean protest; as in 100 marching on the district office and 65 more walking out of classes at one high school)
- I ran intervals for the first time since February on Tuesday. They felt good but I didn't do as many as I planned.
- Thursday's run was a sled ride through shallow water
- I am an old man
- I have been waking up at 4 a.m. every day and having to "re-run" my runs in my head to get back to sleep for a short spell
- Runner Susan is using voodoo again
Today was supposed to be a roll-back 10-11 miler. Down 2-3 miles from last week. How could that be hard? Augh! I was walking by mile 3. I turned in to do just six for the day and finished with four walk breaks and a 1:10 time. I was so dead in the legs.
So I needed a pick-me-up; two in fact. I went to Starbucks for a Grande Americano. That helped. Then I went to Publix to sit for a free blood pressure test. With West Point son dealing with high blood pressure (170/110!!!) and learning my dad's been on BP meds for 35 years, I felt the urge to check mine. It had been six months or so. I wasn't worried. Just curious.
Pump me up. Pinch it. Let it out. Aghhhhh. 104/59. Boy was that nice. About as low as mine has ever been. Question: Doctor, do blood pressure readings typically read lower after exercise?