I resigned myself to wearing my Yak Trax for the second time this year and just dealing with it. But by the time I left I was fine and did a prepace run dance. It's okay, Michael and Jim, to dance before a pace run and not just a race isn't it? I was listening to Dixie Chicks sing Ready to Run and it was working. I was on my way to embracing the snow.
I have no shame posting this geeky picture.
Once outside I headed to the road ready to better my last week's pace run. Last weeks was officially a 3 mile pace run according to my training plan and today's pace mileage was 4. Both weeks I was running 6 with the concentration being on the lesser amount but keeping a faster pace up for the whole run. Last week I was pleased with my efforts because my runs outside have been so sucky that it was definitely an improvement. I was shooting to be 10 or under. I was actually slightly over for the 3 miles but I was okay with it. But I knew I could improve this week and was anxious to give it another try.
Can I say again I LOVED this run? It may have been because of the snow instead of in spite of it. I have apparently missed my stormy runs. It was beautiful out although I didn't take my camera because I wanted to concentrate on my pace. It was slightly snowing which I love and at times a lot of snow would blow on me out of trees. Bliss! I did not love the wind or slush especially when cars would go by too close and throw a fair amount on me. Jerks.
I was watching my watch each mile and pleased with the results. Although I didn't have last week's times memorized I knew I was improving them. I may have thrown a fist pump after Mile 4. Here are the stats. The first number is last week, the second was from today.
Mile 1 10:07 9:29
Mile 2 10:09 9:52
Mile 3 10:58 10:19
Mile 4 10:06 9:28
Mile 5 10:20 10:07
Mile 6 11:35 10:41
Better, right? Cause for celebration! And I am going to improve more especially on that last pesky mile.
There is nothing like a goal that you achieve although the joy in my run today was from enjoying the glorious day and being able to run in my own winter wonderland and fully appreciate and revel in it.
The crowd when we got there..........just getting
My friends and husband
Saturday afternoon we headed to Middlebury to the Chili Fest which our friends have been to several times but we had never gone. You pay $3 which goes to a charity (Irene relief this year) and then you sample all the chili. There were at least 45 vendors and most had several versions of chili. The vendors were restaurants for the most part but anyone can participate. We got there early which was smart because at that point there were no lines and you could try a lot of chili quickly. Once you got down into the main part of town (Main Street was closed) it was thick with people and the lines were very long. So we waited for some but there were many many we never tried. You get 3 tokens and vote for your favorite 3. My husband voted quickly which makes no sense to me as you have only tried a small amount. But I have to say going back to leave the token later meant you had to remember where you had that good chili! There were def. some I didn't like at all! After we went to one of the restaurants nearby to warm up and have a beer. I was exhausted when I got home! Didn't know food sampling was so tiring!
9 miles today (now Sunday) with T rounded out my exercise for the weekend!
And here is one more picture of Jax.......this is after I picked him up from his Doggy Day Care on Friday. He was exhausted from playing with all his buddies and went into his kennel to sleep!