These ruts were frozen this morning but when
it warms up, look out!
Saturday I nailed my pace run. I needed to run 5 miles at a 9:30 pace. Friday the weather was beautiful and very spring like. Today when I got up what was it doing? If you are thinking, snowing you win the prize. I did not feel like I had won any prize. I got dressed accordingly - no capris this weekend like last weekend in DC - and headed out. T is gone to visit her son so I was on my own. The roads had only a few icy spots so that improved my chances of hitting my pace. My first four miles were great with the last one being a bit slower. I actually ran these five miles faster than the five miles I ran last Sunday in the St. Patrick's Day race. For me that is amazing as races really do get me to push it much more. But last Sunday I was not rested and yesterday was a rest day for me. It felt great all the way around. Even though I was disappointed in the weather, later in the day when I headed into school for a few hours to work on report cards, I was glad it was cold out. That is rather selfish of me, but it's how I felt!
Okay now it is Sunday the first day of spring. I'll get back to that fact. I had an 11 miler on taps with no T here to run with me. I took my time getting going as I am just plain sick of the cold and I wanted it to warm up. By the time I left it was in the high 20s but don't worry, it took me so long to run this 11 it warmed up just fine. I still am wearing long pants, two layers on top (one fairly thick), gloves and a fleece headband. When I am finally in short sleeves and capris you will hear my hallelujahs all over the country. So because I was running alone I had my Ipod and caught up on some podcasts. I must say from listening to them I now have a new item on my bucket list. I am so going to do that Goofy Challenge some day. It probably won't be until I retire because it totally doesn't fit into my school calendar but it will happen. I ran these miles rather slowly. I wasn't feeling the love right from the start. I never was completely dying but there wasn't a whole lot of enthusiasm either. I stopped to
Even the paved roads are in tough shape.
I saw some ducks that were rather amusing. They would swim upstream, turn around and ride the current down. They did this several times like little kids playing in the water.
I also saw a weasel after something in the road. I tried to take a picture but once he saw me he was gone fast. I also had a dog come after me. T would have died! I thought I knew where all the dogs are on the route. This guy appeared out of nowhere but when I turned and yelled he stopped. He would start after me again but if I turned and glared he instantly stopped so I wasn't worried and just continued. Finally I was back on home stretch with 11 in the bank.
I had to watch my footing as if
I was on a trail.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY. If you look at the forecast for the coming week, there is snow pictured in the next 5 days. This is spring?