The Rebel Run

Another day on the road, this time in Oxford, Mississippi to speak at a small conference. The training benefit is that I’m staying on campus, which offers a lot of hilly terrain for Beast preparation. Also, it is something entirely different and for the first time I was almost looking forward to running. At 5:30 a.m. I fired up the iPod shuffle and took off. I Love Rock n Roll by Joan Jett got me started. See, I told you the last time that I had an eclectic mix. I warmed up by running through The Grove and then just ran in whatever direction looked promising. My route probably looked like those comics from The Family Circus. Every 5 minutes or so I stopped for some type of obstacle. I started with 25 jumps onto a stump in the middle of a clearing. Second obstacle was 25 Jeffees beside one of the dorms. Ran up and down some hills, across the road and into the woods. Was met immediately with a thick spider web. As I got deeper into the woods, I started thinking about poison ivy, copperheads, and rattlesnakes so I made a quick exit. Ran over more hills to the baseball stadium…25 squats and back over those same hills again. Stopped by the tennis courts for 100 jumping jacks. Note: jumping jacks and iPod ear buds don’t mix. My route then took me over to the Ford Center with a couple of trips up and down that steep hill. The thermometer showed 84 and the humidity had to be > 50%. Stopped for 25 sit-ups and sprinted over to The Rose Garden for 25 jumps on to the benches. The best part of the run was the 2 sprints/climbs up a 50 foot hill with a 70 degree incline. Then back to The Grove and I ran half the circumference with agility runs through the iron posts (5 feet spacings). Stopped by one of the buildings that was once used as a hospital for Civil War soldiers and did 25 incline push-ups on the steps. Over to the library for 25 power jump squats before the final segment. I started noticing a possible blister formation on my right foot, so I decided to call it quits. Can’t be having anything that will slow me down.

The cool-down walk back to the inn gave me the time to realize that I was completely, totally, 100% drenched in sweat! I don’t think I have ever been that sweaty. It’s not pretty, but my clothes were stuck to me like I had fallen in a swimming pool. Even though I only ran for 47 minutes, I’m satisfied that the hills and terrain brought me one step closer to my training goals. Now I just have to figure out what to do tomorrow morning.


One comment

  1. Go Jeff go! Your route for tomorrow should include: the bleachers at Vaught Hemingway Stadium, Faulkner’s Hill, 75 push ups on Frat Row, step climbing at Guyton Hall, 17 sprints around the Student Union, and 125 pull ups at the Natural Product Center.
    Love, your small conference attendees! 🙂

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