Tuesday, December 20, 2005

20 miles....DONE!

Amazing how it's been 12 days since I've posted anything. Boy how the time flies!

Last Saturday I ran 20 miles in 3 hours and 58 minutes. A nice slow pace with my group. It was fairly cold, around 40 degrees (at least that's cold here!). I was able to take off my jacket by mile 3...though I should have taken it off sooner, I was pretty sweaty underneath and that makes for a cold transition! There were a few cold breezes here and there, but was ok until...it started raining! That was about mile 12 or so. Not a heavy rain, but enough to keep things wet. By the end, the rain had picked up. Really felt bad for those that were out on the course for another hour or more! They were soaking by the time they got in!
We continually were slower ourselves down. We really wanted to stick to pace (the marathon is coming up and we'll give it our all then!) We were only 2 minutes fast. Over 20 miles and keeping a group of 8 together, I think we did an awesome job!
After I got home I hopped into the tub with COLD running water (I can't bring myself to add ice yet). I stayed in for 15 minutes. My cat was at the edge of the tub meowing at me. He could sense something was off...it must have been the shivering! My left knee has been acting up since the run. I haven't been doing my IT Band streches as often as I need to. This week is dedicated to using my foam roller to get my legs loosened up. They are pretty tight.
Monday I got in 3.15 miles after work...fast pace of 7:45 min/mi
Tuesday (this morning) did 3.25 miles...slower pace of 8:45 min/mi
Oh, and did I mention that I got the Garmin Forerunner 201. It is SOOOO cool. I love it. Now I know exactly how far and how fast I run. I love it! Merry Christmas to me!

What's up next:
Thursday: 6 miles. Must get 6 miles in!
Thursday night red-eye flight to Iowa.
Friday: rest
Saturday: 8 miles?? Is this going to possible in 30 degree weather??
Sunday: rest
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 6 miles
Wednesday: 6 miles

Not sure how much running I'll get to while in Iowa. It is suppose to "warm up" to 36 degrees over the weekend, but I have yet to run in that cold of weather. There is a local gym that I might be able to get to. Any advice in regards to cold weather running???

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and all that jazz!

2 Comments:

Blogger psbowe said...

I wear layers, 1st layer being a snug to hold in the warmth better and I stay way from cotton. Something to cover the ears, gloves, tights or pants a definite.

Cold shower!? It doesn't sound good at all! :)

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Guess you could have ran on my treadmill -but the display doesn't work - so you don't know how fast or how far you have gone - and I think you would have hit your head on my basement ceiling...lol

thanks for coming to the house - will talk to you later. - the kids love all their stuff...

4:08 PM  

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