|Monday's sunset in Indianapolis|
Week of November 17-20
Monday: 3.4 miles in Indianapolis
Tuesday: walking 6 miles around downtown Indy
Thursday: 2 miles
Friday: 2 miles + walk to work + 2 mile dog walk
Saturday: 2 miles
Sunday: 8 miles
Total (running) miles: 17.5 miles
Elevation gain: 0 ft
2016 total: 875.8 miles
Alex had a tree conference in Indianapolis on Monday and Tuesday, so I went with him to enjoy the city. On Monday evening there was a welcome event: a 2.5 mile fun run. We ran to and from our hotel (~1 mile) and stayed with the lead pack during the fun run. I ended up winning an "award" as second female (many of the others walked). It was on a lovely trail along the river with a gorgeous sunset. We chatted the whole way and somehow maintained a 8:12 pace. After the "race" we got cleaned up and went out to dinner and did a mini beer tour. We were back by 10 to watch HGTV. Not bad!
|City Market for lunch|
Alex woke up early on Tuesday to go to his conference. I intended to run, but decided I'd enjoy the hotel breakfast and get work done before checkout at noon. I'm so glad I did because between noon and 5pm I walked 6 miles and read a book! I took the scenic route to the library (with a stop at City Market for lunch), found and finished a book, then walked back to move the car. I parked near the Canal Walk and meandered around until Alex's conference finished. We then went to dinner and drove back to Columbus. It was a quick trip, but so lovely. Plus, it was warm and sunny!
I don't really remember much about Wednesday, which leads me to believe my workday was busy and I was still recovering...
|Night time essentials|
Friday was my sole morning run, but it was a lovely start to a very warm day. I walked to work after and we had our (probably last) patio lunch of the season during work. After work, Alex and I took Tobias on a 2 mile dog walk. Temperatures reached 75 and it was glorious, but it did not last long: the cold front arrived Saturday morning. The lovely part about not meeting up with my group right now: I didn't run until 4:30pm! It was still cold (36º), but it was another relaxed 2 miler. Unfortunately, I wore some new leggings and they did not stay up. After the 3rd stop to hike them up I decided they are for lounging or short runs only. Bummer!
|Posing (I also wore a vest for part of the run)|
My best run of the week came Sunday (and my other new leggings stayed up). I'm traditionally a Saturday long run kind of gal, but Alex had a quick tree job on the northwest side of town so he dropped me off at Glacier Ridge Metro Park. I had 5 miles on my plan, but decided to round up to 6. I stopped for some photos, but it was a unplanned progression run, minus one mile (9:39, 9:03, 8:43, 8:36, 8:39, 8:27*). When I finished and hadn't heard from Alex, I hung out in the (nice) women's bathroom for a bit... then decided to head back out until pick up. I got in another 2 miles for a total of 8. It was super cold and windy, but I had a fantastic time. In fact, I wouldn't have been upset to go 10+ miles! I think it's a sign that I'm ready to get back to the longer distances. *I have to admit it still boggles my mind that paces in the 8s feel comfortable. If you would have told me I'd be running times like this last summer, I wouldn't have believed you!
|Glacier Ridge is mostly flat|
Random thoughts on...
Weather: While I love hot weather and sunshine for daily life, I sure do love 30 degree runs!
Distance: I'm really enjoying the 2 milers during the work week. It's enough to make me feel mildly accomplished and I look forward to my long runs on the weekends. Obviously, in a perfect world I'd have time for at least 6 miles a day, but I know my (time) limitations right now.
What day do you do your long runs?
What's your perfect running weather?