The snowstorm last Sunday cost me a workout, but I made it up on Monday on the treadmill. Reshuffled my week, and ran Wednesday and Thursday. As of yesterday, I’m back to my normal schedule with three miles yesterday. I even, with the aid of the colder weather gear I’ve been accumulating, managed to run outside!
My first 3 miles, Thursday, was a cold nighttime run. I jogged slow out of the neighborhood for a warm up, and then ran down to the 5 points intersection at the close end of town. The run felt good pretty much the whole time, and three layers on top and a pair of shorts felt correct, if a bit of a weird way to get dressed. However, on the way back I realized I’d hit more than 3 miles if I ran back to the entrance I had started from, and decided to turn into the ‘closer’ entrance and head home. Terrible mistake! My neighborhood, especially that side that has less traffic, is pretty much solid ice. So my ‘cool down’ was half slipping, half freezing. If I walked, the cold air reminded me I was WEARING SHORTS, and if I sped up, the ground reminded me that I was in NO WAY part mountain goat.
Saturday, I did the same basic thing, but I was smarter. I ran down, resolved to turn around at 1.5 miles. A train came by at mile 1.4, so I had to turn around. You can see the little pause icon in the picture below where I stopped and sort of assessed whether the train would pass by quickly enough to get my last 0.1 mile.
Still, 1.4 was most of the way, so I ran back to the start and put the extra 0.2mi into my neighborhood on the more well trod entrance. It was SO much colder Saturday, even though the thermometer read the same both times, because of wind chill.
Both runs were, in themselves, great runs. I did about a 12 min pace the first night, an 11:45 on Saturday. It’s nice to see my pace evening out at a new, higher place. In the spring I’ll work on speeding up a bit, but it’s good to know my body can maintain a 12min pace for 3 miles, something I couldn’t do when I was working toward my 5k.
I really hope the next element I have to face isn’t fire. Just saying.