The Impromptu Tempo

Thursday was technically my Friday, and when my boss cut me loose 4 hours earlier than expected – I didn’t ask questions.

I hit the road.

The thought of changing into sweatpants and getting cozy on the couch was incredibly appealing to me. But I hadn’t run since Monday and knew I should get a couple miles in. And more importantly, a rainy Christmas weekend kept me from breaking in the new Adrenalines for Operation Jack. It was time.


Rather than kicking off the run at Brushy Creek Lake Park as usual, I changed it up by starting at mile marker 0 at Twin Lakes Park.



I didn’t look at my training schedule before leaving the house so I had to improvise. I decided it would be a tempo run.


Initially I thought 4 miles would suffice but ended up with 6.


1.5 mile warmup, 3 tempo miles (9:55, 9:43, 9:43) and 1.5 mile cooldown.


This waterfall wasn’t here a couple months ago – thank goodness Austin is finally getting some rain again!





All in all, it was an awesome run. With the exception of one little thing…


I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve run this trail, but for the first time ever, I tripped. And fell. HARD.

Battle wounds: scraped up elbow and knee, scratched Garmin and camera. I’ll take the scratched electronics considering they broke my fall.

Also, what the hell are Lululemon crops made of? I managed to take a layer of skin off my knee (TMI?) but the crops are completely intact still. Amazing.

And that was the story of the impromptu tempo run.

Have you ever taken a fall on a run?

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One Comment

  1. I like the shoes! 🙂 I took a nasty fall on a run once too and like you I took skin off my knee but my tights had no hole. How does that happen? Hope you are healing up! Those falls hurt.

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