OK-SHOCKING, I know. I am posting for the SECOND time in one day. I'm averaging about one post a month and now 2 in one day...
ANYWAY, since this is somewhat of a running blog, I took a few pics and made a quick video during my long run today! The freezing fog lifted somewhat and the weather was BEAUTIFUL. High 20's and very little wind which is glorious for February in Minnesota. Generally by this time we have HUGE snowdrifts and below zero temps constantly. We have really been blessed this year!
I generally run a 5.6 mile loop for all my winter long runs that I do when I'm home. I don't like to wear a fuel belt unless I absolutely have to so I park and then just stop every 5.6 miles quickly to drink. Sometimes I carry a bottle with me for a little bit and then leave it on the side of the road where I can pick it up when I'm done. Today, I ran 4 loops. 4 loops=22.4 miles. This is a stupid number SO to finish the run at an even 23, one could actually run back and forth in one block segments for .6 miles. This would only be if one was completely anal.....I ran 23 miles.
This is running south right after mile 2. I run this for 1 mile and then turn east. Super boring but not much traffic. Really wide open on this route so wind can be a bit of a factor.
Running back north from the hospital through residential. Still boring.
OK-it is obvious that I sound like I just ran a 5K by this video and I also have a bit of a shaky hand problem-ha! Again, pretty boring footage but you can hear me yap!
Random run notes:
Finished 23 miles in 3:02:37 today for 7:57 overall pace. SUPER happy with this since the first and last 3 miles were SLOW!
I opted to listen to an audiobook on my sister's Ipod for the first loop to try to make sure I kept my pace a little slower to start. It was a James Patterson book "Now You See Her" Now, this would NOT be something I would have bought but she liked it and told me to try it. I was laughing out loud when I was running!!! Seriously, the narrator would change her voice with the characters and at one point was playing a male Irish cab driver which almost make me choke up a chunk of my lung.....I will stick to podcasts I think!
My plan was to work in some MP pace intervals today which I did and felt strong doing! Clear roads and no wind sure make a difference!
I wore my Brooks Launch, Utopia tights, Utopia Softshell, Nightlife hat with a fleece headband overtop, Vapor 2 gloves. Got my fabulous NEW color Launches today! Reviews coming soon:)
I drank 32 ounces of water and 20 ounces of Powerade Zero grape. Also took 3 Cliff Shot Raspberry gels. I rarely take this many in training but decided to just take one after each loop.
I felt good today. I needed a run like this. I've not been feeling fantastic all of the time lately. Physically a few struggles with some things out of my control and for the first time in my 3+ years of consistent running, I am spending a great deal of time counting down the days until I can be DONE with the structure of marathon training. This hasn't really happened to me before and I'm ALWAYS planning ahead to my next marathon. This time, I'm not....I'm not sure what is in store for me after April. I think my real real love would lie in ultra trail running but living in MN with no trails and no time make this a distant dream....Perhaps a summer of 5K's with the little peanut below will be in store!
And just in case Brooks is looking for a new athlete, I think they should sign this one. She's cute, she's fast, she's sporting Brooks gear and she DEFINES running happy!