This weekend was all about gaining some additional mileage and not chickening out because of the cold. (Apparently ‘chickening’ isn’t really a word. I’m such a grammar rebel, I’m using it anyways).
Saturday I went for a 5 mile trail run, and the temperature looked something like this:
No big. I was layered.
It was a great run. I was happy for doing it. Even if it wasn’t as fast as I would have liked. Overall time was 51:10 and an average pace of about 10:13/mile. Even though I was over that ’10 minute’ threshold, I felt great as I was running and I did stop to take a few pics (which I also know slowed me down a bit).
I wish that last one wasn’t so blurry because I was trying to get an awesome shot of that tree in the field because it looked so cool. It doesn’t look so cool in this shot, so you’ll have to just take my word for it.
Then, today for breakfast, I skipped my usual yogurt and banana and had this:
Today’s (Sunday) run was almost unbearable. At least in the beginning.
Mile 1: 9:39 This mile was painful on the legs. I felt every step for some reason.
Mile 2: 9:42. More of the same.
Mile 3: 11:19 This one was the worst. This part of the trail doubles as a road, and for at least .5 of this mile, the terrain was sheer ice. Needless to say, I had to walk a lot of this one. Can you see the ice in the photo?
Mile 4: 10:24 Trail was in a little better condition for this part. I’m not sure why I couldn’t pull off less than a 10 minute pace here, except I was feeling pretty beat down.
Mile 5: 9:59 I was determined to pull less than a 10.
Last .5 9:33 I fought hard this last half mile.
Overall I did 5.5 miles. My longest. Overall pace was 10:11. I have no idea how I pulled that off. Better than yesterday? Certainly didn’t feel like it…
And I was extremely thankful to head home and rest my muscles and enjoy some chocolate milk. (Of course, I did help myself to a second glass.)
What do you guys enjoy after a run?
I love my chocolate milk!
Anyone still have any more races coming up this month, or done for the year?
I’m done for the year!