Heading up the hill that is a bit of
a challenge especially last fall
on my bike! First time I have run up
it in a long time!This weekend was not as cold as last weekend. Saturday - in my world was downright balmy! Two layers on top and a headband and gloves. We (T is back - yeah!) went 11+ miles. There was snow on the backroads but overall the footing was fine. We talked and talked and talked some more as we hadn't run together for a few weeks. We had lots of catching up to do and the miles flew by! Our pace was not fast but it was fine. I did find out I was colder than I thought as I felt chilled for a great deal of the day. Plus this run just plain tired me out. I was useless for the rest of the day. I did NOTHING productive! I did my stretches, read, ditzed around on line, and repeated the last two several times, staying in the rocking chair right next to the woodstove! I ended up going to bed rather early for a weekend.
T heads up!
Today we were scheduled to do a 3 mile pace run, the first one in the half marathon training plan. I say WE very happily. T has never run a half marathon but has signed up for this one! She has run all 5Ks except for one 10K I talked her into a few years ago. She isn't easy to convince so I am thrilled she will finally toe the line at a half marathon. It is a small local half but there will be some real speedsters at it. That's okay. I just want to have my own good race! Back to the pace run. Well, running 11 yesterday instead of in the other order wasn't going to help us meet our pace. The fact that I don't have all my stamina back wasn't going to help me meet my pace. But forget those two, the fact that both of us decided not to wear Yak Trax really met we weren't going to meet our pace! It was slippery - not just on the back roads either. It had snowed a few inches and the paved road was snow covered and slushy! When you had to be on the side because of traffic the slant of the road sent you sliding into the guardrails! When I saw my first mile pace - 9:48 - I thought CRAP! Well, my friends it only got worse. The next mile's pace was 10:05 and the third mile's was 10:15. I was going for 9:30 so nope, I didn't meet my pace. Oh well, it was faster than I have been running under some pretty lousy conditions. I'm not going to beat myself up other than the poor decision regarding the Yak Trax! But then I would have no excuse for not meeting the pace!
Heading home - a welcome
The best news of the day is that I am wearing some jeans I haven't worn in a very long time! I have had a great January in the "Lose that holiday weight department!" so I am quite happy!
I also have my credit card out and seem to be registering for races. At this point I have 3 half marathons. I should also find out in the next few days if I got into the Vermont City Marathon Relay. I will be crushed if I didn't! I have other races I am contemplating but those are my big ones for the spring.
Just because she is so darned cute!
(All of our cats love to sleep in
boxes and Torres chews them!)