Please select the answer that best describes the following situation:
(A) A zebra has been flattened on this road. You should stop your vehicle in a safe place and call animal control.
(B) This road doesn’t realize the horizontal stripes are unflattering. You should proceed with caution and later file a report with the fashion police.
(C) Pedestrians may be trying to cross this road. Avoid eye contact with them and drive across those stripes as quickly as possible.
(D) NONE OF THE ABOVE. STOP YOUR CAR, DAMMIT. I NEED TO CROSS THIS STREET AND YOU ARE RUINING MY TEMPO RUN.
Drivers of Raleigh: you FAIL.
An exasperated runner
Today’s EAT: Heyo, here’s something we haven’t done in a while:
A BIG-ASS SALAD. I knew I was overdue for one because my search traffic from pervos looking to do bizarre things involving le derriere had dropped off a bit recently. So here ya go – come and get it, you nasty freaks!
Ahem. Anyway. I’m calling this a Steak Frites Salad. Noted the hubs: “So basically you made yourself a steak and fries and put it on top of lettuce.” Well…uh, yeah.
All of the necessary BAS components were there:
- Salty: Garlic oven fries
- Sweet: Chopped red pear
- Meat: Grass-fed skirt steak
- Treat: A sprinkle of Gruyere cheese
Arranged on a bed of red leaf lettuce with a red wine vinaigrette. Delicious.
Today’s DRINK: Glory, hallelujah.
I loved this Victory Yakima Glory Ale. Damn, I have really developed a crush on beers that are sort of like IPAs but darker. (This is described as a “Dark IPA” or “American Dark Ale,” depending on who you ask.) Lots of fresh, piney hops and rich chocolate malt. Even at 8.6% ABV, it was a smooth sip, and it’s a good thing I only had one on hand because I totally would have gone back for secondsies.
The assignment: 1 X 2 mile (continuous), 2 X (1 mile easy + 1 mile hard).
The results: Not bad! 14:33 for the two-miler, 7:03 and 6:50 for the singles. I enjoyed the workout and it was a nice compromise between shorter repeats and the continuous tempos and pace runs I’ve been doing the last couple of weeks.
Poor route planning on my part, though. I got stuck at TWO traffic circles filled with stupid motorists who ignored the crosswalks. Of course, both times, it happened just as I was hitting my stride in one of the tempo portions. Gah.
All in all, 8 miles for today.
Today’s QUESTION: How old were you when you got your driver’s license? Did you pass the test the first time around? I went on the morning of my sixteenth birthday. I passed by the skin of my neck. (Apparently you are not supposed to flatten the orange cones while performing the parallel parking portion of the test. I’m actually shocked that I walked away with a passing score, given that technically hitting the cones counts as a “collision with another vehicle.” I did have my hands arranged perfectly at 10 and 2, though!)