|Was this our last true week of winter...?|
Week of February 29 - March 6
Monday: 3 miles, 9:24 pace
Wednesday: 1.25 miles (AM) + 5.4 miles (PM speed work)
Friday: 3 miles, 8:54 pace
Saturday: 6 miles, 9:43 pace
Sunday: 10 miles, 9:01 pace
Total: 28.6 miles
2016 total: 222.48 miles
|Part of Monday's run|
I planned to run 2 or 3 miles before work Wednesday to test out my new Altras (review coming), but I only made it 1.25 miles before calling it quits. Later in the day my friend and I decided to go to speed work with my running group. It was my first time and I was nervous, but I felt like I did a great job with the workout: 1 mile warm up, 6 x 800 (goal: 7:56 pace), 1 mile cool down. It was cold and dark (we had headlamps), but I hit my paces and then some. Even with my fast (to me) times, there were a ton of reeeeaaaalllly speedy folks there. Maybe some motivation?
|Before speed work Wednesday|
On Saturday I met up with Oiselle teammates for a run and brunch. There were supposed to be more of us, but I guess winter is a tough time to get folks together. In the end, we only had three in our group, but we kept a nice pace and chatted for 6 miles. (We forgot to take photos!) Afterwards I found out one of them (who said she was slow) had a BQ! Anywho, I was able to talk and run at paces between 9:20 and 9:50, which isn't something I could do six months ago. Progress! It has me considering a pace group change in my normal running group, but I really love my running buddies.
|I wore all the colors I could on Sunday's run.|
We went to a party Saturday night and I had a ton of great food and some red wine (I won the blind taste test!), so I didn't get up when I intended to on Sunday. Luckily, Alex wasn't in a hurry so we hung around for a bit, then headed about 20 miles away to a section of the Ohio to Erie / Camp Chase Trail. Alex biked along as I ran 10 miles. I stopped a handful of times to take off my jacket, grab a gel, and take photos of horses and trains, but overall it was a really solid run. I tried to go slower per my plan (10:00-10:50), but miles 5 thru 8 and mile 10 were in the 8s. I'm not sure I can maintain an 8:30 pace in a real race (without stopping), but it made me feel more confident going into next month's half.
By the way, we made friends with some horses around mile 4:
I'm a much stronger runner in 20-50 degrees. Next week will be 60-70 and I'm unsure what paces to expect now that I'm faster than last summer. I'm going to speed work again on Wednesday, so we shall see how it goes.
What's your perfect running weather?
Is there a good trail system where you live? Any fun animal sightings?
Are you excited to "spring forward" next Sunday?