Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds
Sooooooo over this winter thing. I mean I’m embracing the snow but the novelty of the white fluffy stuff has been lost. Spring? Yes please.
Obviously many of you know that there’s a snowmaggedon going down right now in many places in the country and, while I wish it weren’t the case, RI is getting hit. This morning I got to run in round 1 of it. Round 2 (ice and sleet) is coming at midnight. The only good news about that is that work has been tentatively closed tomorrow. YAY snow day.
The bad news is A) another storm and I hate storms. And B) I likely won’t get to run in it because today’s weather left me with NO TRACTION at all. I may be a crazy runner but I’m not suicidal. On the plus side my belaying buddy might have the day off too and we can go rock climbing. I’ve already gotten a text from him confirming that we’re going tonight if the place is open.
So with the weather like this
It was probably a bit foolish to think that I could get in a good hard tempo, or even a good harder than easy, run in. Didn’t stop me from trying though…
- Warm up
- 5.6 miles harder @ 7:51 (2.2 @ 7:59, 2.2 @ 7:42, 1.2 @ 7:53)
- 1.2 easy
- 1.2 harder @ 8:17
- Warm down
For the past three out of four Tuesday Tempo days there has been rain or sleet or snow. I think I’m joining Amy’s I-Hate-Tuesdays campaign now.
So it’s really hard to judge how I’m doing endurance-speed wise. This run was particularly brutal because of the way the wind was blowing the snow, so I had icicles on my eyelashes. And I had to stop a couple times (once during the “tempo” portion) to melt the ice so I could see. Couple that with no traction because the roads were not plowed (nor did I see a plow…not bitter or anything…) and I really don’t see how I could have expected the run to be fast pace wise.
Still, and this may sound broken record-ish, I can’t tell if it’s my mind or my body that giving me the slower-than-I-want paces lately. I’ve got a lot on my plate right now and I know that during the run my mind was all over the place. Which is fine for a normal/easy run but I need to be focused if I have a shot at training well and then racing well. Lately I’ve been questioning my level of motivation for this training. Which is scary as hell and not being helped by workouts where paces aren’t being hit. It felt like a quality effort though.
I suppose I’ll have to go on effort. Which was there. The easy was slower than the hard. And my lungs and legs were working hard. That counts for something, right?
To make my Tuesday even worse, the microwave at work is apparently broken and no one told me . Because it did this to my popcorn just now.
I think that this day cannot end fast enough. Fingers crossed I get to go climbing tonight!