Hello all from my hometown! Today was a travel day but that doesn’t mean I didn’t run. I mean I do have a streak to keep up haha.
Since I knew I wanted to leave early afternoon that left my only option to run first thing. Not a big deal because I actually like running when I get up (as if you couldn’t tell that with my 0600 wakeups during the semester haha). The only problem? Yeah the pesky little thing called the temperature. 16* real temp, 4* with windchill. The sky was overcast too so no help from the sun. To add insult to injury I didn’t want to dirty lots of clothes because I was heading home and did 4 loads of laundry yesterday. So I told myself to buck up and threw on the minimum amount of clothing that I could get away with (plus 4 layers of gloves!) and took off.
First thought? Okay not so bad, I’ve done worse. After 2 miles? Yeeeesh this is going to hurt when I get back. I hit the clothing right with everything but my hands. They still give me trouble. So when I got home today I took a trip to the local Outdoor Store and asked them what I should do. They told me mittens and showed me two models that they said were work best. I had one of the guys feel my hands to just get a glimpse of what I deal with regularly and he said “Sh!t. Your hands are ice cold. If these don’t work then you need new hands. Or to move to a warmer place.” Gee thanks? I ended up picking up a pair of Gore-Tex mittens (which were more expensive than the other pair but I had heard of Gore-Tex and not the other company) and I’m hoping that they work. Any experience with them?
Back to the run today. I (foolishly?) wanted to keep up the streak plus wanted to make my real last good-bye run (anyone else do this?) memorable so I set off on a 11.5 mile route. In contrast to yesterday my legs didn’t start out with any gas. Prolly due to both not eating breakfast beforehand (and I have been doing that the previous couple runs) and the streak. I debated cutting the run short and following another favorite route. But my pride told me to buck up and finish what I started. Around mile 8 my legs really started feeling excellent so I’m happy with my decision. So much so that I completed 13.1 miles rather than just 11.5.
My time was slower than the typical easy pace I strive for by about 15 seconds per mile. But that’s for easy / recovery runs. If you compare it to what calculators say my long run pace should be then it was faster by minimum 15 seconds per mile. Crazy right? After 8 days of double digits and 13 days since my last “easy” day (re: the one mile for my overall streak which is at 5wks 1 day) would I ever have thought that my miles would still be coming out at very acceptable paces? Dare I even say better than acceptable?
I guess I can call this my long run for the week? It’s the longest I have gone and (if tmrw’s weather is any indication) will be the longest of the week. But it really wasn’t much longer than any other run haha. And to those who have asked/mentioned it: Yes I have thought about ultras. I think that my legs really start cranking well around the 80-90 minute mark. Which sadly is when I usually stop my runs. Those first 7-10 miles just feel like warmup. Maybe the cold weather is helping with that somewhat but I think that over the summer I was able to do pretty high mileage consistently and pretty quickly after the marathon too.
Plus I felt like I could have gone further after I finished. Maybe I didn’t go all out which is why I’m excited for the next one but I did feel like my body could have run more. Crazy right? And to think that a few years ago I thought marathoners were crazy. Now I want to go further. Prolly a bit of UltraRobby coming through there. Inspiration/motivation right there.
Time to continue the relaxation. Well kind of. Being home is loud and sooooooooooo not conducive to relaxing. Bunkering down in my ice box of a room sounds good though. Haha. Although with the predicted storm coming through I bet it will be colder than an ice box (we’re getting at least 15″!! Well that’s the prediction. Watch us get nothing) But when I was at the store earlier today it was insane the amount of people there getting prepped for the “blizzard of 09”. Really people? Aren’t we used to this yet? If not, then why the heck are you still in New England? Haha oh well rant of the day 🙂
Enjoy your Saturdays! Really? Saturday? I really don’t have any concept of what day of the week it is anymore!